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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by someone inhaling asbestos. The fibers inhaled will create a lining in the lungs and other organs and can cause chest pain and difficulty breathing. It causes cancer in most people which gives them a life expectancy of approximately one year. The process can be improved with surgery or chemo, but even with these interventions, the prognosis is not good.
Where does someone get mesothelioma?
Most people who come in contact with asbestos and ultimately become diagnosed with mesothelioma at some point worked in construction. Asbestos was very common in construction of older homes, and companies exposed workers to this asbestos as part of their employment. Most of the construction materials which were used prior to 1975 contained asbestos including the following:
- Caulking and joint compound
- Ceiling and floor tiles
- Head resistant fabrics
- Insulation used to cover furnaces and hot water and steam pipes
- Roofing shingles
- Siding shingles
- Textured paints and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
- Walls and floors used with wood burning stoves
The asbestos found in all of these places can become disturbed during construction or remodeling of a home. This is how many workers are exposed to asbestos, either they worked with the materials in the construction of a home or building, or they come into contact when the building is destroyed.
What should you do if you get mesothelioma?
The first thing you should do if you feel like you may have mesothelioma is seek medical attention. Getting a diagnosis early is important and having a medical professional document that you indeed have mesothelioma is imperative to your potential case. If you indeed have mesothelioma, you will want to consult with an attorney as soon as you can. If you decide to move forward with a case yourself, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the company that was responsible for your exposure to the asbestos. You will claim damages related to the illness and recoup compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have someone in your family who passed away from mesothelioma you can file an action on their behalf against the company as well to recover any funeral related costs, outstanding medical bills, loss of consortium and related costs. When you file a claim, you can do so as an individual or you can join a class action lawsuit where hundreds or even thousands of people file the same or similar claims against the company.
How does someone get compensated for having mesothelioma?
The attorney that you hire will begin collecting your medical records, employment records and statements from any potential witnesses and experts. Once the attorney has all of the relevant information to pursue your case, they will begin looking into getting you compensated from an asbestos trust fund. These are trust funds which were created by companies which have in the past already admitted that they exposed employees to asbestos and if you qualify, you may get your compensation fairly quickly. If the company that exposed you to the asbestos does not already have a trust fund in place, your attorney will take action against the company to get you justly compensated. While every case is different, the average payouts for a mesothelioma case fall between $1 Million and $1.4 Million. This is simply the average, and every case is different depending on a variety of factors.
Should I contact an attorney to represent me?
Getting diagnosed with mesothelioma is scary. Knowing that you were diagnosed through no fault of your own is heartbreaking and rightfully so. Having an attorney on your side who knows how to file a claim against the companies responsible is extremely important. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group understand the struggle you are going through and we are here to help. We know that this is a tough time for you and your family, and we are here to make the legal process as stress free as possible. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our consultations on these types of cases is always free, and we will be able to look over your medical and employment history to find out if you may have a valid claim. The sooner you contact an attorney to look into your rights the better. Don’t wait, contact us today!