Asbestos fibers were once thought to be a wonder material. They were resistant
to heat, fire and acid and as a result were used in an array of industrial
products, including materials used in construction and fireproof material.
At the time, the public and industrial workers did not recognized the
dangers of asbestos so asbestos products were used extensively without
concern. But very early on, major manufacturers like,
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the pleura or the lining of the lung.
It can take decades to develop but once diagnosed the life expectancy
is less than 18 months. Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Dry cough/wheezing
- Pain in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness of muscles
- Fluid in the lungs
Mesothelioma is diagnosed through x-ray, PET scan, CT, scan or MRI. Biopsies
and blood tests may also be used to confirm a diagnosis.
Current Mesothelioma Cases
Although asbestos has not been used in years because of the dangers, reports
indicate that between 1500 and 3000 individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma
each year. Although we cannot change the medical implications of the disease,
we can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Don’t be
misled: Mesothelioma cases are still active. In fact, due to the length
of time it takes for mesothelioma to strike, many states have provided
exceptions to the statute of limitations for personal injury claims.
How can I receive compensation?
A number of asbestos manufacturers have gone out of business. In some cases,
however, the court ordered these companies to set aside large amounts
of money for future mesothelioma claims. A personal injury attorney can
help you determine if any of this money is available in your case. A lawyer
can also help you pursue litigation in order to receive medical bill reimbursement,
compensation for lost wages, and monetary awards for pain and suffering.
In addition, you may receive workers’ compensation and veterans
benefits. If you want to learn more about the types of compensation you
can receive, contact a personal injury attorney today.
What types of compensation can I receive and what must I do?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or lost a loved one to mesothelioma,
contact a personal injury attorney right away. Keep detailed medical records
and records of all of your expenses. You can make a claim for lost wages
and medical expenses. Lost wages covers the amount of money that you would
have earned if you could have been working. Medical expenses cover your
mounting medical bills as you receive ongoing treatments and care.
In some cases, manufacturers were aware of the dangers of asbestos and
continued to sell products made with asbestos. In these cases, manufactures
knowingly put consumers at risk. If the manufacturer continued to sell
products made with asbestos after knowing the risks, they may be negligent.
Many cases of negligence have settled for millions of dollars.
When trust funds have been established for victims of mesothelioma, money
may be awarded based on a case matrix. The case matrix factors the age
of the individual, their asbestos exposure, their lifestyle choices (including
smoking), and their diagnosis details. These factors are all combined
and converted to an award amount. A personal injury attorney can help
you determine how much money you will receive.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, do not wait! Take action
quickly in order to receive a settlement for your medical expenses and
to provide for your family. We cannot erase your exposure to asbestos,
but we can help ensure that you will be provided for as you fight it.