Working as New Jersey Mesothelioma lawyers has been an eye-opening experience to the devastation that this asbestos-related disease causes to the victim and their families. Mesothelioma is a lung disease that is caused by being exposed to asbestos and inhaling the fibers. The disease is almost always fatal. Sadly, the exposure to this toxic mineral almost always is preventable.
Since the early 1920s, there has been documentation and scientific evidence that asbestos was harmful to people. However, nearly all of this information remained suppressed for decades and asbestos continued to be used as a binding agent in many materials.
Employees exposed to asbestos fibers are now finding themselves decades after their exposure suffering from mesothelioma. This leaves them and their families wondering where to turn for help during this crisis.
Our law firm aggressively represents victims of asbestos exposure. We have helped many people suffering from mesothelioma, or their surviving family members, get the help they need. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if your loved one has lost their life from this disease, you are encouraged to call our office for a FREE CONSULTATION and CASE EVALUATION.
A Historical Look At Asbestos
When asbestos was first discovered it was considered a miracle fiber. This naturally occurring mineral was not only fire-resistant, but it was also worked flawlessly as a binding and strengthening agent. Asbestos was readily available and easy to mine, making it a very cheap product.
Asbestos was easily incorporated into building materials, paper products, and health and beauty aids. The product was first used to strengthen parts in steam engines in the mid-1800s and continues today to be used in some automobile parts like brake pads.
Asbestos was being used more and more through the early part of the 1900s, but really expanded during World War II. The military was in dire need of warships and other armaments for the war effort, and these items needed to be as fire resistant as possible. Weaponry and material suppliers were important asbestos by hundreds of tons per day to meet the demand of the military.
The U.S. Navy by far used the most asbestos-laden materials. The Navy commissioned warships that used this binding agent as well as built their barrack walls from drywall mixed with asbestos. The entire military also used seats for their vehicles filled with this fiber. The results of this overuse cannot be denied. Of all the diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma, one out of three is military veterans.
By the 1970s, information was finally released about the dangers of asbestos inhalation. Legislation was passed to limit or eliminate its use. Although the law fell short of banning this dangerous product altogether, it did force many industries to reconsider their use of asbestos. However, for many people, the damage to their lungs had already occurred.
Mesothelioma takes several years, most often decades, after the exposure to develop symptoms. The ravages of having this poison in your system for such a long period of time are often the cause of other health issues experienced by the victim.
If the asbestos industry and manufacturers had listened to the scientific proof provided as far back as 1920 about the dangers of asbestos, many lives would be different today. However, in an effort to keep access to this ultra-cheap binding agent, this information was hidden for almost 50 years. Because of this , many people are suffering from Mesothelioma today.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you are encouraged to speak with a New Jersey Mesothelioma attorney about your right to receive compensation. Mesothelioma is a life-altering diagnosis for you and your family. Speak with our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys about your rights to seek compensation for your losses from asbestos exposure.
Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma can be a difficult disease to diagnose. Asbestos fibers can remain in your lung for decades before the harm is noticeable through symptoms. In many cases, the disease is often misdiagnosed at first because it resembles other lung conditions and respiratory illnesses. The most common symptoms associated with Mesothelioma include:
- Fluid Accumulation Around The Lungs
- Shortness of Breath
- Painful Breathing and Chest Pain
- Unexplained Weight Loss and Loss of Appetite
- Fatigue Without Cause
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and have been exposed to asbestos at any time in your past work history, you are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention. Request that your care provider examine you for Mesothelioma based on your previous exposure and current symptoms.
Additional Services For Mesothelioma
WE UNDERSTAND that being diagnosed with Mesothelioma is a life-changing experience and that you may not know where to turn for help. Our law firm does more than seek compensation for our clients that have been diagnosed with this disease, and we try to provide additional help.
Clients that have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma may also be entitled to additional services from:
- The Veterans Administration
- Social Security Disability
Our law firm also represents the surviving family members of those who have lost loved ones to this disease. We will file a wrongful death case on behalf of the surviving family members to help cover the expenses associated with the loss of your loved one,
Industries Most Associated With Asbestos Exposure
At this time, there are approximately 5,000 different products that have been produced that contain asbestos. Many of these products are still in use today. Some products which are manufactured outside of the United States may still contain asbestos, so consumers are encouraged to be cautious about products they purchase that may contain this mineral.
There are several industries that are commonly associated with asbestos products. These industries most likely used these products in the past and may still use some asbestos containing materials today.
- Building Industry – Especially Those Using Drywall
- Shipbuilding and Repair Services
- Automotive Industry
- Aerospace Industry
- Glass Manufacturing
- Paint Manufacturing
- Automotive Repair – Body Work and Brake Replacement In Particular
- Metal and Steel Industry
- Electronic Component Industry
- Firefighting Industry
- Textile Industry
- Paper Manufacturing Industry
- Food Processing Industry
- Home Repair and Building Maintenance Industry
- Agriculture Industry
- Railroad Industry
Workers within these industries have a higher exposure rate to asbestos inhalation than any other industries. However, it should be understood that these are not the only occupations or industries that are associated with Mesothelioma.
The Impact of Mesothelioma on Your Life
Mesothelioma is a unique form of cancer that is directly related to the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Unlike many other cancers that form a single tumor, Mesothelioma forms several small nodules when it first starts that slowly grown to make a sheath-like tumor. Many doctors describe a Mesothelioma tumor to look more like an orange peel in the way that it grows than a roundish tumor.
Because of the slow initial growth of these nodules, Mesothelioma can be in the body for decades. Once it hits a certain stage of growth, however, it grows more rapidly, and victims begin to experience the side effects of the disease. Sadly, many of these side effects are overlooked as symptoms of aging or other disorders, and the disease is rarely caught in Stage 1 or 2.
Treatment for Mesothelioma may include surgical removal of the tumors if it is possible followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Many people only receive chemo and radiation along with pain management treatment. New developments in immunotherapies have begun to show some promise, but it is a very new treatment program.
For those suffering from Mesothelioma, the treatments can be life-changing. Radiation and chemotherapies have side effects, many of which can be very serious. It is not uncommon for people to feel seriously ill and nauseous for one or two days after treatments. Even after the serious side effects have lapsed, the fatigue can be overwhelming.
When you are in treatment, everything that you are used to doing in your daily life may no longer be possible. Things that you enjoyed participating in or doing may not be possible. The taste of food changes and you may find yourself not enjoying or skipping your meals. Home and lawn care may not be possible for a while, and for those who are still employed, returning to work may not be possible.
Additionally, treatments for this condition are not cheap. Medical costs can quickly skyrocket and devastate savings and retirement funds. It is an extra burden to place on those who are suffering from such a serious disease.
It is because of all of these changes to your life that this avoidable disease has caused that we encourage victims and their families to seek compensation. While we understand that compensation cannot help the progression of Mesothelioma, we wish it could, and we do know that it relieves some of the stress and burden this disease places on people. Having this burden lifted allows the victim to devote their energies to healing and enjoying time with their loved ones.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call for a FREE CONSULTATION and CASE EVALUATION TODAY.
Compensation For Mesothelioma
Compensation that is available for those who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma will include one or more of the following:
- Medical Costs. All medical costs associated with your treatment both now and in the future will be included in this part of the compensation package.
- Lost Income. If you are still employed, your New Jersey Mesothelioma lawyer will seek compensation for current and future lost wages and benefits.
- Cost of Services. If you have had to pay service providers to complete chores you usually perform around the home, your lawyer will include these costs. For instance, if you maintain your lawn before the diagnoses and now due to the treatment you have to pay a lawn service, your attorney will seek compensation for these expenses.
- Pain and Suffering Your attorney will seek non-economic damages for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of this diagnoses.
- Mental Anguish. The emotional trauma that you are experiencing is a valid condition that entitles you to compensation
If you are filing a wrongful death case because you lost a loved one to Mesothelioma, you have additional rights under the law for types of compensation available. Speak to your New Jersey Mesothelioma attorney about your right to seek compensation for the loss of your loved one.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma can develop in different parts of the body. This depends on where the ingested or inhaled fibers have lodged themselves. Our Jersey City mesothelioma lawyers are experienced at representing people with:
This is a form of mesothelioma that affects the lining around the lungs. It is often the result of inhaling asbestos fibers. It results in the buildup of fluid in the lungs which can cause breathing difficulties. It also causes chest pain. Pleural mesothelioma is one of the most common forms of mesothelioma. It is responsible for more than 75% of reported mesothelioma cases.
This type of mesothelioma affects the lining that covers abdominal organs. It causes fluid to buildup in the lining. Victims may suffer stomach pain and swelling of the abdomen. It is the second most common presentation of mesothelioma and accounts for about 20% of reported cases.
This is a rare form of mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the testicles. It causes swelling as a result of the buildup of fluid.
This is also a rare form of mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the heart. Victims suffer symptoms such as shortness in breath, fatigue as well as chest pain. It is often misdiagnosed as other heart conditions. This is mostly because it is such a rare condition.
How is Mesothelioma Diagnosed
Mesothelioma has a long latency period. This is the period in which the disease takes to develop. It often takes several years (and even decades) to become apparent. Many people are therefore not aware of their exposure to asbestos or its effects until much later. Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on the area of the body affected. For example, people whose lungs have been affected may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing blood
- Persistent coughing
The best way to determine if you have mesothelioma is to see a doctor. You will be subjected to various tests as well as a full body examination to determine whether you have mesothelioma and which parts of the body have been affected. Some of the medical tests include CT scans and x-rays to look for tumors as well as a biopsy of the affected areas to identify cancerous tissues.
The diagnosis by your doctor should include information such as the location of the mesothelioma, the cell type as well as the stage of progression of the disease.
Following your diagnosis with mesothelioma, your doctor will provide you with a prognosis. This is what they expect of the progression of the disease. This information is important for preparation and planning.
It is important to note that mesothelioma is a fatal condition. However, with early diagnosis, various treatments can be applied to help lengthen your life and manage symptoms and progression of the disease.
Options for Treating Mesothelioma
There are various treatment options for mesothelioma. The options you will be provided with will depend on the stage of development of the cancer. Some of the most common treatments include:
Treatment is aimed at removing the tumors from the body as well as killing cancerous cells. Therefore a combination of the above treatments is often used.
While treatment options may be straightforward, the costs can quickly add up for patients. You may require more than a few rounds of chemotherapy. This may cost upwards of $80,000 in a year. Surgeries aimed at the removal of tumors and extending your life can cost anything between $100,000 and $600,000.
While insurance can help to reduce the burden, you will still have to pay a portion of these costs. Those patients who are not covered by insurance will have to foot the entire bill on their own. It is therefore important to seek the assistance of a Jersey City Mesothelioma lawyer. We will fight to recover compensation that will help cater for the costs of treatment.
Damages you can recover for mesothelioma
Mesothelioma will not only have a big impact on you physically and psychologically but also on your finances. A Jersey City mesothelioma lawyer can help you recover compensation that will cover past, current and future damages resulting from the development of the condition.
You can recover damages for:
- Medical expenses including medications and procedures used to treat your condition
- Lost income as well as potential for earning future income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages.
Common Ways People are Exposed to Asbestos
According to the National Cancer Institute many people are exposed to asbestos at one point in their lives without even knowing it. This is because asbestos was such a popular product for many decades until its harmful effects were discovered.
Those at high risk of exposure include:
- People living in older homes that were constructed prior to the ban of the use of asbestos in the construction industry
- Shipyard workers
- Motor vehicle mechanics
- Airplane engineers
- Building engineers
- Pipe fitters
- HVAC installers
- Insulation installation and removal workers
- Firefighters and other rescue workers
Determining how you were exposed to asbestos is vital for the success of your claim. Our investigators will identify the source of asbestos exposure. They will also determine who ought to be held liable for the exposure.
Military Veterans with Mesothelioma
Many veterans of the US military were exposed to asbestos during their service. If you are US veteran who has developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during your service, you may be able to recover compensation. Speaking to a Jersey City Mesothelioma attorney will help you explore the legal options available to you.
The law prohibits veterans from suing the government for compensation for injuries sustained while in active service. However, you can still recover compensation for asbestos exposure by:
Seeking compensation through the Department of Veteran Affairs
Veterans that were exposed to asbestos during military service can recover compensation to cover the costs of treatment for any disease they developed as a result. The veterans must not have been discharged dishonorably from service.
Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer
You can recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the products that resulted in your exposure to asbestos.
Filing a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act
You can recover compensation by filing a claim against the military. This is possible under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
It is important to work in close association with an experienced Jersey City Mesothelioma lawyer to help you recover compensation. They will help you navigate the complexities of filing a claim as a US veteran.
Speak To A New Jersey Mesothelioma Attorney
Mesothelioma cases can become quite complex in a very short time period. The responsible parties demand proof that the condition is a direct result of their actions. For those who were exposed to dangerous asbestos as part of their employment decades ago, this can become a nightmare.
Our attorneys are aggressive at representing those who have been harmed by asbestos. We have successfully represented many clients, regardless of how long ago the exposure occurred. We know how devastating Mesothelioma is to the victim and their loved ones, and we want to help.
SCHEDULE A NO-OBLIGATION CASE REVIEW. We will look at the evidence surrounding your Mesothelioma diagnosis, and we will give you an honest opinion about your case. There is no obligation and no cost for you to speak with one of our qualified Mesothelioma attorneys.
THERE IS NEVER A FEE UNLESS WE WIN. Our law firm believes that everyone has the right to receive quality legal representation. This is especially true for those who are the victim of another person’s negligent actions. Injury victims face so many other financial problems because of their injury or diagnosis that they feel they cannot afford legal representation. We wanted to change that feeling.
We work on a contingency basis. This means that there are no up-front legal fees for you. You do not have to pay anything until we win your case. Once your case has settled, our fees will come directly from that settlement, so there is virtually no out of pocket costs. Working in this manner protects our client from additional financial harm.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY. We will even come to you if that is more convenient. We UNDERSTAND AND CARE about your situation, and we can help. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or you have lost your loved one to this disease, call our New Jersey Mesothelioma lawyer today.