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File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Mesothelioma is a very challenging disease. Not only does the disease cause pain and suffering, it also can leave families in financial stress. By the time most people who have mesothelioma are diagnosed, the large majority is either retired or unable to work due to symptoms of the disease. Many mesothelioma victims are therefore left dealing with a lack of income combined with high medical bills, and many face the additional challenge of having no health insurance. As a result, many victims of mesothelioma seek legal settlements to take care of these expenses.

When considering pressing a legal suit against a company that made or handled asbestos products unsafely, many people question their right to legal compensation. Public knowledge of the dangers of asbestos has existed for hundreds of years, becoming very well publicized in the US in the 1920’s and 30’s. Unfortunately, the industries affected by mesothelioma include many companies who chose not to protect their workers, despite these risks. As a result, in many cases, mesothelioma victim’s rights also include legal compensation.

Many mesothelioma victims have never engaged in a legal suit. When seeking legal assistance, there are a few guidelines that will help greatly. When selecting a lawyer, make sure that the lawyer you are talking to will be the one handling your case, and not handing your case off to someone else. Be sure to check the lawyer’s track record with similar mesothelioma cases to confirm that they are consistently successful with this type of case. Also, the location in which you file your case can make a difference in the result. While some state laws are generally supportive of victims’ rights to compensation, others can be very restrictive.

A concern for many families when considering a law suit is whether they can handles the physical stress of legal appointments and court appearances. Fortunately, most lawyers who are experienced in these types of cases are very sensitive to the needs of victims and their families, and do their best to handle most things by phone. For more information about your legal rights, please contact us at 1-888-370-0121, or complete our online form.

 

The Largest Asbestos Settlement Ever

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

In a recent landmark decision, a Mississippi jury awarded the highest-ever settlement in the history of asbestos related injury cases and mesothelioma settlements. Thomas Brown, Jr., a 48-year-old oil field worker, was awarded $322 million for suffering, expenses and punitive damages. The defendants in the case, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Union Carbide Corporation, allegedly continued putting workers at risk even after the dangers of asbestos exposure were well known.

Brown, working in the oil fields for several years in the 1970’s and 80’s, claims he inhaled asbestos dust on a regular basis when mixing drilling mud that was sold by Chevron Phillips Chemical and manufactured by Union Carbide. He has since developed a serious condition known as asbestosis, a disease that causes lung scarring and may become worse with time. Brown requires oxygen 24 hours a day, limiting his mobility and ability to work. Apparently at issue was Brown’s inability to read the warning labels and signs posted by the company. The companies’ spokespeople vehemently denied the claims and stated that there were plans for an appeal.

Regardless of the eventual outcome of this particular case, the large settlement may send a strong message to companies who are not keenly focused on the health and safety of workers. Prior to this case, the largest settlement, in an amount over $200 million, resulted from a class-action suit that took place in Illinois. The next highest settlement occurred in March of this year, when $90 million was awarded to Charles Gillenwater. Since the first asbestos-related injury case in 1929, hundreds of thousands of people have filed lawsuits against thousands of defendants. But this is the largest known settlement to date.  For more information about victim’s rights, visit our page on mesothelioma victim’s rights.

According to the EPA, exposure to asbestos can be a cause of mesothelioma or lead to other cancers or asbestosis, as in Brown’s case. Exposure to asbestos can be particularly dangerous because of the long latency period of the diseases associated with asbestos exposure. A worker may expose themselves repeatedly for years before any symptoms arise. Once symptoms do arise, for many people the diagnosis is unfortunately terminal. Our mesothelioma articles provide useful information to anyone interested in finding out more about mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

 

Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Finding a mesothelioma lawyer does not have to be difficult. There are many out there, but you want to make sure that the one you hire is experienced, knowledgeable and has a proven history of successfully handling mesothelioma lawsuits and settlements. One concern of many mesothelioma victims and their families is that a mesothelioma lawyer is too expensive to hire. This isn’t necessarily true, as many work on a contingency fee basis, meaning any money received by the lawyer must come from the settlement or verdict obtained in the case. Forty percent of the total amount recovered is the standard fee in mesothelioma cases. While some lawyers may charge less than this, keep in mind the saying “You get what you pay for.”

Mesothelioma is a very serious matter. And because it is caused by asbestos exposure, it is important for victims to seek legal help. Companies that made and sold asbestos products knew of its dangers as early as the 1890s, and even though knowledge existed that asbestos was a deadly poison, asbestos companies continued to place a higher value on its profits instead of on human life. For this reason, workers in many industries like the shipbuilding and automotive industries, for example, suffered asbestos exposure, which can lead to mesothelioma. There is no cure for mesothelioma.

What can make the process of finding a mesothelioma lawyer a bit easier is if you get a referral from a friend or family member. If this is not possible, you can ask the mesothelioma lawyer you’re considering for referrals and his or her history of handling cases and settlements.

When meeting with a mesothelioma lawyer, don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example, how long have they been handling similar cases? What were the outcomes of the other mesothelioma cases they have handled? Will they be handling your case, or will another lawyer in the firm be assigned your case?

Ultimately, you should be confident that the mesothelioma lawyer you hire has what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. He or she should be able to handle the case as quickly as possible so that you can focus on your health and your family. To speak with a resource person about mesothelioma, please call 1-888-370-0121.

Carpenter Dies of Cancer Caused by Asbestos

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

A story in today’s Islington Gazette, a British publication, talks about a retired carpenter who died of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. The man, Ronald Humberstone, was 76 years old, and he had worked in building the London Metropolitan University in the 1960s. This work caused him to endure prolonged exposure to asbestos.

Humberstone passed away in May — Mesothelioma developed in his chest three years earlier, resulting in his painful fight against the rare form of cancer.

Mesothelioma attacks the lining of various organs and body areas. There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma, and it is sometimes called “asbestos cancer” due to asbestos exposure being the overwhelming cause of it in the U.S.

A coroner quoted in the article notes that because Humberstone was a carpenter, he may have been there when fiber sheets were removed. Asbestos fibers, once disturbed, can become airborne and can then be inhaled into the lungs or stomach. Once they’re inhaled, the body isn’t able to break them down.

A relative close to him remarked that Humberstone was strong and really fought Mesothelioma. He is remembered fondly by friends and family who decribe him as a sports and sci-fi fan, good with children, and someone who will never be forgotten.

More About Mesothelioma

This Mesothelioma victim had worked in the construction industry, one of several industries affected by asbestos exposure. Additionally, workers in the ship building and general industries can be at risk for Mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure while on the job.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of Mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. To find out more about asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma, please call 1-888-370-0121.