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  • How do I know if I have an asbestos-related disease?

Only a doctor can determine whether you have an asbestos related disease. If you are concerned about asbestos exposure, tell your doctor in detail about your history of working with or being around asbestos. He or she can diagnose you through proper monitoring and testing.

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  • How is mesothelioma different from asbestos-related lung cancer?

Mesothelioma is cancer that develops in organ membranes or linings, called the mesothelium. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma which is found in the pleura, the name for the mesothelium or membrane surrounding and protecting the lung.

Asbestos-related lung cancer occurs in the lung tissue, not the membrane surrounding the lung. While smoking is the major cause of lung cancer, some lung cancer is also caused by asbestos. Those at greatest risk for lung cancer are smokers who have been exposed to asbestos. On the other hand, mesothelioma is only caused by asbestos and is not caused by smoking.

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  • What types of products potentially exposed people to asbestos?

The insulation, construction, and heating/cooling industries along with shipyards heavily used asbestos. Some household products also contained asbestos. Here is a list of potential products:

  • Acoustical ceiling tiles
  • Adhesives
  • Appliances (toasters, coffee pots, etc.)
  • Bricks
  • Cement
  • Plaster
  • Drywall
  • Pipe insulation
  • Flooring materials
  • Transite siding
  • Electric blankets
  • HVAC duct vibration dampers
  • Portable heaters
  • Roofing materials
  • Clutches and brakes

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  • What types of jobs created a risk for asbestos exposure?
  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Factory workers
  • Steel workers
  • Iron workers
  • Insulators
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance workers
  • Mechanics
  • Millwrights
  • Miners
  • Navy personnel
  • Plasterers
  • Pipe fitters
  • Power plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Refinery workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steam fitters
  • Television manufacturing

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  • If I or a loved has mesothelioma, why do we need a lawyer?

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, and companies that use or used asbestos in manufacturing are liable for its adverse effects. It takes a skilled lawyer to prepare a case that proves asbestos exposure and company liability.

Determining amounts for fair and adequate compensation requires evaluation by medical and financial experts who can estimate care and costs.

Filing deadlines (called statutes of limitations) exist, which means a claim must be filed within a certain time after being diagnosed with mesothelioma or you lose the right to file the claim.

If you were exposed to asbestos in a work situation, you may file a workers’ compensation claim, but often the medical costs and other expenses far exceed what workers’ compensation covers. Your lawyer can help you pursue claims against other negligent third parties, such as asbestos product manufacturers.

Families who have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma may file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for a number of damages:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance
  • Projected lost income
  • Loss of future services, care, or assistance that the deceased would have provided
  • Medical and hospital care and treatment related to mesothelioma prior to death

Based on your specific situation, an experienced lawyer can explain your rights and options for recourse, help you make informed decisions, and handle the claim on your behalf.

Lawyers are skilled in negotiating with insurance companies and are knowledgeable about proper compensation amounts. Most lay people, no matter how knowledgeable or intelligent are not skilled enough to deal with insurance companies. Also, mesothelioma victims or their families usually receive far greater compensation when represented by an attorney, even after legal fees are deducted.

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  • Who could be a source of compensation for someone suffering from mesothelioma?
Industries involved with asbestos are the main sources of compensation, such as:
  • Manufacturers of products containing asbestos
  • Distributors of asbestos type products
  • Materials suppliers for construction sites
  • Property owners who allowed asbestos use on their property
  • Industries where asbestos was used (construction, insulation, shipyards, heating and cooling)

In most situations, employers are protected by workers' compensation laws; however, third party claims may be brought against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, suppliers, and contractors responsible for asbestos exposure.

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  • What are the advantages of pursuing a claim as soon as possible? Could waiting hurt my case?

Time limitations exist for filing a claim. The clock starts ticking from the date you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related cancer. The earlier you decide to pursue a claim, the better chance you have of getting your claim filed within the deadline. If you miss the window for filing a claim, you will no longer be entitled to sue for damages, and there will be no case or opportunity to recover compensation.

If a loved one has died from mesothelioma, there are also time limitations for the surviving family to file a wrongful death claim.

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  • Dealing with mesothelioma has been stressful. How much involvement is required for pursuing a case?

Our firm does everything possible to make the process easy for you. Not much participation on your part is needed to represent your case. There are mainly three actions you will be involved in, which are:

  • Talking with us so we can initially evaluate your case
  • Providing us with more detailed information
  • Telling about your experience

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  • What if a loved one is too ill from mesothelioma to pursue a case?

Law firms work closely with family members, friends, and co-workers to pursue a claim if a loved one is too ill to participate, but wants to take legal action. They can use other resources for collecting evidence and securing information about asbestos exposure. They also continue to pursue mesothelioma claims on behalf of families after their loved one has died, along with representing families in mesothelioma wrongful death cases.

Keep in mind—it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after diagnosis because time limitations exist for filing claims.

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  • What do I have to gain by filing a mesothelioma claim?

Considerable compensation is often awarded to the surviving spouses and families. In many cases, the compensation covers the surviving spouses' needs for the rest their lives.

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  • How do I afford a lawyer?

Mesothelioma cases are based on contingency, which means if the lawyer does not get you any money, you do not owe anything. Law firms advance all the costs of the case, and when it is settled or a verdict is gotten at trial, expenses are taken out of the money recovered on your behalf. Through a free, confidential, case evaluation, the firm determines whether you have a case. When a law firm takes a case, it is because they are confident they can obtain a favorable outcome and maximize your recovery.

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  • How long does it take to settle or resolve this type of case?

Generally, mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer cases are given early preferential trial dates, particularly when the claimant is living. When given such priority, many cases may resolve within four to five months. Each case is unique, however, and some take longer to resolve than others. On the whole, these cases are settled more quickly than other types of cases.

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  • What should I do if I was exposed to asbestos?

You should see a doctor if you are experiencing illness or discomfort and provide full details about asbestos exposure so you can be monitored or tested.

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  • If I am unsure about how I was exposed to asbestos, and it was long ago, how can you prove exposure?

People are frequently unsure about asbestos exposure. The fact that mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancers do not usually appear until decades after exposure also makes determining exposure more difficult.

However, lawyers have access to vast libraries of information and are skilled in identifying possible sources of asbestos. They can investigate the presence of asbestos in the home and work sites, document evidence, and interview witnesses to prove exposure and a company’s liability. Experienced asbestos lawyers are very competent in representing cases involving mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer.

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  • Why is the asbestos industry held accountable for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer?

Many people were not aware that they were working around asbestos because warnings about exposure were not given until the 1960s, and even today some industries are negligent about asbestos warnings.

Yet, manufacturers knew about the dangers of asbestos back in the 1920s and 30s and still exposed workers and produced products that were unsafe for consumers, Many companies covered up the potential harm and passed off their products as safe. Because of this negligence, victims have filed lawsuits and won cases. Today, many companies settle without going to trial. Mesothelioma victims and their families can recover financially by bringing legal action, which provides security and a future for the family.

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  • Should I feel bad about suing? How can a company afford to pay people for damages related to mesothelioma?

Companies carry liability insurance that pays for lawsuits brought against the company. Most likely, attorneys will be dealing with an insurance company's adjusters or legal team and not directly with the company during settlement or trial.

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  • Can you tell me what my case is worth or how much compensation I will get?

The value of your case depends on a number of variables:

  • Your diagnosis
  • Evidence to prove the degree of company negligence
  • The company’s financial resources (insurance coverage included)

In your initial consultation, a firm will not have enough information to put a value on your potential case. The more evidence, facts, and information are gathered, the more they are able to pin a value on your case. Even then, it is just an estimate and is subject to negotiation or verdict.

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  • Once a case has been won or settled, how long does it take to get the money?

Clients often begin to receive settlement checks within a few months. However, each case is different and with some it takes longer to receive settlement money than with others. There is no guarantee for when you get your money. Our firm always requests early preferential trial dates in cases where clients are seriously ill, such as with mesothelioma. Our experience and access to resources allows us to resolve cases as quickly as possible.

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