Finding out that you have mesothelioma can be devastating news. Doctors might have told you that your cancer has already spread throughout your body and that your chance of survival is low. An oncologist may have even said to you that the condition is untreatable and that you only have months to live. They will simply do their best to make you comfortable.
Your diagnosis may have turned your life upside down. You may struggle to make sense of your diagnosis while coping with chronic, debilitating pain. You may be unable to work, and simple activities that you used to take for granted may become difficult or impossible.
You and your spouse may now struggle to keep up with basic living expenses, such as housing and food. Medical bills might pile up at an alarming rate, and you may have no idea how you will pay them.
A Georgia mesothelioma lawyer could help you deal with these overwhelming changes in your life. They can help you pursue a financial award to cover your losses related to the cancer. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 614-2067 to speak with a member of our staff about your case.
Explaining Mesothelioma and Its Causes
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that can affect the linings around the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testicles. In most patients with mesothelioma, it begins in the lining that surrounds the lungs.
According to the American Cancer Society, almost eight in 10 mesothelioma patients developed the illness after being exposed to asbestos. Companies mined this naturally occurring mineral and used it for decades to produce construction materials, vehicle parts, fire-resistant clothing, shipbuilding materials, and a wide range of everyday consumer products, including cosmetics, crayons, cigarette filters, and holiday decorations.
In many cases, people who experienced occupational exposure to asbestos developed mesothelioma. Individuals who worked around asbestos without protective equipment might have inhaled or swallowed fibers. Employees in some fields faced daily exposure to asbestos over many years, then developed mesothelioma decades later.
Some of those workers unintentionally exposed their loved ones to the carcinogen. Asbestos fibers can get stuck to clothing, shoes, and people’s skin and hair. Employees who worked around asbestos sometimes carried fibers to their homes, where their family members inhaled or ingested them, then later developed mesothelioma.
In other instances, consumers might have used household items containing asbestos on a regular basis, completely unaware of the danger. A Georgia mesothelioma lawyer can investigate which products might have exposed you to asbestos. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to speak with a member of our staff about your case.
Prognosis for Patients with Mesothelioma
If doctors diagnose your mesothelioma at an early stage, they have options to treat it. Doctors may recommend surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of treatments to slow its progression. When caught at the localized stage, before it has spread to other parts of the body, the American Cancer Society puts the five-year relative survival rate at 20 percent.
Unfortunately, doctors often do not detect mesothelioma until it has reached a more advanced stage. In many cases, by the time they diagnose your condition, it has already metastasized, or spread, to other parts of the body. Cancer that has metastasized offers patients only an eight percent chance of surviving for five years. Many patients with advanced mesothelioma might have less than a year left to live.
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How a Georgia Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help You
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the company responsible for your asbestos exposure. If you do not know how you came into contact with the carcinogen, we have methods of investigating exposure.
We have represented numerous mesothelioma patients and gathered information on products that contained asbestos and the businesses that produced or sold them. We have used that information to help other clients figure out the source of their asbestos exposure, and we might be able to use our database to assist you.
After we have identified the company liable for your exposure to asbestos, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to seek a monetary award that will cover your current and future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Our team can work to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, but if that is not possible, we will go to trial to seek justice and compensation for you.
We may even be able to secure an award for you if the liable company has declared bankruptcy. Many businesses that faced many mesothelioma-related lawsuits declared bankruptcy and set up trust funds under 11 U.S.C. § 524(g) to compensate future victims. If the liable company established a trust fund after filing for bankruptcy, we could pursue a financial award by submitting a claim with the trust fund on your behalf.
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Contact an Attorney to Seek Justice
If a doctor has diagnosed you with mesothelioma, you might feel overwhelmed and frightened, but help is available. A Georgia mesothelioma lawyer can pursue a financial award to help your family get through this difficult time and give your loved ones some financial security moving forward.
People who have suffered personal injuries due to cancer and now face a stack of medical bills sometimes think that they cannot afford an attorney. With Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, that fear should not concern you because we work on contingency. That means you will not pay us any attorney’s fees unless we secure compensation for you.
According to the Georgia Code of Civil Practice § 9-3-33, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 614-2067 for a free case review with a team member. Call us today to get started.