Asbestos Injury FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Our Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have questions. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our attorneys understand your need for answers. Below, you’ll find the most common questions and answers we have heard from past and current clients. If you have a concern not addressed on this page, please do not hesitate to contact our firm to set up a free initial consultation.
How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?
If your home was built before the 1980s, it is very likely that it contains some form of asbestos. To be sure, contact a certified asbestos inspector to determine the presence of asbestos. If the asbestos is in good condition, the safest thing to do is to leave it alone.
What do I do with the asbestos in my house?
Asbestos in good condition is safe to have in the home. Exposure is damaging when the asbestos fibers are disturbed and released. If the asbestos in your home is broken, damaged, disturbed, or in an area of moderate to heavy airflow, you may want to contact a certified asbestos professional or a corrective action contractor to safely remove the material.
When is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is dangerous when it is airborne. Once the fibers break loose, they can be inhaled or ingested. The fibers then begin to scratch and scar the lining of internal organs and over many years, cause scar tissue growth, cancerous cell mutations, and tumor development. The body's natural response to asbestos fibers is to thicken the mesothelium—the membrane that surrounds internal organs—but this defense impedes normal organ function. It is at this point that symptoms begin to announce themselves—about 20 to 50 years after the asbestos exposure.
How much does it cost to hire a mesothelioma attorney?
When you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for your mesothelioma or asbestosis case, we charge you nothing. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay for our services until you win a court verdict or obtain a settlement. Even then, you are not charged for an initial consultation with us. So please feel free to call the firm to discuss your illness and we can try to help you win the compensation you deserve.
What can a Chicago mesothelioma attorney do for me?
You may be thinking, "I have this terrible illness. Hiring a lawyer won't bring me a cure. Why should I call a mesothelioma attorney?"
The truth is that we can help you get the money you need to broaden your treatment options, improve your quality of life, and get justice for the illness you have contracted.
Did you know that corporations, manufacturers, and construction corporations were aware of the health hazards of asbestos use long before the government enacted regulations? Still, these companies used the dangerous material to keep costs down, completely disregarding the workers and consumers who would have to live and breathe their reckless choices.
As mesothelioma attorneys, we view this behavior as reprehensible. That’s why we hold the responsible parties accountable. We fight for your rights to the compensation you need to pay your bills, live your life, and begin to address the pain and suffering you have endured due to your illness. We provide a risk-free consultation, so call us at (800) 774-7120 to tell your story and we can tell you if we are able build a case in your favor.
What types of diseases can asbestos cause?
The presence of asbestos fibers can cause many life-threatening diseases. Among the most commonly diagnosed are mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Because of the nature of these diseases, it can take years before symptoms begin to manifest. However, the long time lapse between asbestos exposure and the development of a disease does not negate the cause being asbestos. Factors such as a long history of smoking can exacerbate disease symptoms.
What are the common symptoms of asbestosis and mesothelioma?
There are many symptoms that you have developed asbestosis or mesothelioma. Among the most common are: unusual shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, heavy and unexplained coughing and chest pains, and finger deformities. This finger deformity is often referred to as clubbing, and it consists of the person’s fingertips becoming rounder and especially spread out.