According to the American Cancer Society, close to 80 percent of people who contract mesothelioma did so through exposure to asbestos. While asbestos is not illegal to use in homes in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental departments regulate its use because it is a known danger to the health of individuals exposed to it.
If you believe exposure to asbestos has contributed to the development of mesothelioma in you or a loved one, you can reach out to an Indiana mesothelioma lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to pursue legal action against liable parties. A civil suit could allow you to seek compensation.
You can reach a representative with our team to discuss your potential case at (800) 614-2067.
Liability for Asbestos and Mesothelioma in Indiana
Even though government agencies no longer consider asbestos an appropriate material to have in your home or workplace, it could still make its presence known. You can find asbestos in everyday products such as:
- Car parts
- Electrical wiring
- Store-bought soil
It is also possible that the owner of the building where you work or a previous homeowner of the residence where you live failed to remove asbestos from the property.
Exposure to asbestos could result in scarring to the lining of the heart, lungs, and abdomen. The longer you are exposed to the substance, the more likely it might contribute to your development of mesothelioma. This cancer works at a rapid pace to compromise your quality of life.
An Indiana mesothelioma lawyer can work with you to determine which party—be it a previous homeowner, employer, manufacturer, construction company, or building manager—you could hold liable for your exposure to asbestos and development of mesothelioma. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has compiled an extensive database of products and businesses linked to asbestos exposure over years of working on mesothelioma cases nationwide. We can access to investigate who might have exposed you to this carcinogen.
You can outline party liability in the complaint you file. So long as you have filed your complaint within Indiana’s statute of limitations—two years from diagnosis under Indiana Code § 34-11-2-4—you can pursue the responsible person or company for compensation for your damages.
How an Indiana Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help
Beginning a mesothelioma civil case requires you to determine which party you can hold responsible for exposing you to asbestos. You might find it helpful to enlist the help of an Indiana mesothelioma lawyer to gather information regarding your diagnosis and condition, including:
- Your time of diagnosis.
- The conditions in which you live and work.
- Reports regarding the use of asbestos at your home or workplace.
- Any family history of mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one faces a mesothelioma diagnosis, and it becomes clear how you came to develop this cancer, you could seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses you have already incurred to treat your condition.
- The cost of future expenses necessary to restore your previous quality of life.
- Pain and suffering.
- Physical therapy.
- Mental and physical anguish.
- Legal services to outline your will.
- Wrongful death.
- Funeral and burial costs.
Many companies that exposed workers and consumers to asbestos filed bankruptcy under the weight of lawsuits filed against them. These companies might have set up trust funds to cover future claims from victims who developed mesothelioma decades after their exposure. An attorney can help you file a claim with the trust fund administrators to receive the compensation you deserve.
Avoid Insufficient Settlement Offers
If your exposure to asbestos occurred on private or public property, and you contracted mesothelioma as a result, the liable parties might reach out to you with a settlement offer before you can take them to court. Arranging a settlement can save you time and money. However, you might want to ask an Indiana mesothelioma lawyer to review any offer before accepting it.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can look over a settlement offer and provide you with a better understanding of whether it fully covers your damages, both current and future. They can also present a counteroffer that better compensates you for the losses you are about to encounter.
If the liable party refuses to meet your needs, we can pursue your case in court and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free case review with a team member.
Working with Your Needs in Mind
As you fight mesothelioma, you will want to save money where you can. While you deserve justice for your asbestos exposure, you might find it impossible to take on legal expenses while also pursuing medical treatment for your condition.
The team with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can alleviate your concerns. Our team works on contingency, meaning we will not bill for our services while crafting your lawsuit against the liable parties for the damages you endured after your exposure to asbestos. You will only receive a bill if you receive a settlement or court award—and even then, we will only take a percentage of your award. This way, you can continue to focus on your recovery as best you can without additional financial concerns.
An Indiana Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help You Recover from Your Asbestos Exposure
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulates asbestos disposal and licensure of asbestos professionals. Its regulations do not mitigate the effects of someone’s negligence in exposing you to asbestos at the workplace or in your home.
If you or a loved one has come into contact with asbestos and developed mesothelioma because of a property owner or business’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation. You can reach out to an Indiana mesothelioma lawyer to discuss the possibility of a lawsuit and what damages you could recover from the liable parties. To start discussing your case with a Pintas & Mullins Law Firm representative, you can call us at (800) 614-2067.