If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you were likely exposed to asbestos in your workplace or home. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was used widely in industry, the military, and construction. Even after asbestos was deemed hazardous, many companies continued to use the material. Today, federal law does not permit manufactured products to contain more than 1% asbestos, but that does not help those who were exposed to the harmful substance in previous decades. It can take many years for mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure, sometimes up to 40. A strong mesothelioma attorney, well-versed in asbestos law, can help victims recover compensation for their injuries. Although many companies have since closed, trust funds were established to help future victims.
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, particularly the inhalation of asbestos particles, or fibers. This rare – but aggressive – cancer develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma turn up every year. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, the type that occurs in the lungs, resemble those of other lung diseases. Early signs include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Anyone with a history of asbestos exposure should consult a physician at the onset of any respiratory illness, even if they believe it is minor. Unfortunately, by the time these signs appear, the cancer has often spread. Surgery followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy is the standard treatment, but there is no cure for mesothelioma.
Asbestos Trust Funds
Many companies liable for their employees’ asbestos exposure have set up trust funds for mesothelioma victims. An experienced mesothelioma attorney knows the requirements necessary to submit a successful claim. Mesothelioma victims who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces and were exposed during their time of service can file claims with the VA.
A strong mesothelioma attorney performs a thorough investigation of the victim’s work history to substantiate asbestos exposure. Patients generally have only one to four years from the time of diagnosis to file a claim. If your exposure resulted at a company that has not fully admitted asbestos liability, your lawyer will decide on the appropriate venue through which to file a formal complaint. The choice of venue is very important, and the attorney bases that decision on multiple factors, including where the victim worked or resided at the time of exposure, settlement history, local law, and timeframe. It is also possible to file the complaint in an open forum state that permits non-residents to file claims.
The Goldwater Law Firm – Top Nationwide Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you or someone you know suffers from mesothelioma or has died from the disease, the Goldwater Law Firm can help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other associated costs. Our knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyers have an impressive track record of obtaining substantial compensation for our clients. We will help you understand your rights and options before moving forward with a mesothelioma lawsuit. Contact the Goldwater Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.