Mesothelioma is undoubtedly one of the most devastating forms of lung disease that a person can develop. Caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma slowly creates tumors in lung tissue. Unlike many other tumors that form as a single tumor, mesothelioma creates chains of slow-growing tumors throughout the lungs.
Sadly, Mesothelioma is a disease that many people did not realize they could develop from being around asbestos. For decades businesses and the government used asbestos in building materials because it was fire resistant and very cheap to mine and process.
Despite warnings from many different scientists about the dangers of asbestos, the product was used heavily, especially in shipbuilding, the automotive industry, drywall manufacturing, and by the military.
Our attorneys have seen how this disease impacts the life of the victim and their loved ones. This preventable disease changes the way a person lives and breathes, literally. Rosengard Law Group will work aggressively to try to help right this wrong.
A Brief Look At Asbestos
Asbestos is a natural product that has a fiber-like texture and is mined from the earth like many other products we use. Asbestos has been in use since the early 1800s and began to be used in many different products by the 1930s. It is believed that at one time over 5,000 different products on the market contained asbestos.
As early as the 1920s researchers and scientists began to connect asbestos with lung disease. The information was largely ignored, however, because of the many benefits this fire-resistant fiber provided. Information and research were hidden from public knowledge so that manufacturers could continue to use this cheap resource for their products.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that asbestos was banned from use in most products, and the information about the dangers of asbestos and Mesothelioma began to be released. Now, decades later, people are still suffering from the decisions of these manufacturers to hide the truth.
If you suspect that you’ve been harmed by asbestos, call Rosengard Law Group to speak with a New Jersey Mesothelioma lawyer.
A Brief Look At Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a very slow progressing disease. This is one of the reasons that it causes so much harm to the asbestos victim. It can take decades for the small tumors to grow large enough to cause breathing difficulties, and by that time, it has spread throughout the lungs.
Since exposure to the asbestos could have been 20 to 50 years prior to the Mesothelioma diagnosis, it can become a challenge to discover when and under what circumstances the exposure occurred.
A qualified Trenton asbestos attorney, however, knows where to look for the exposure and how to find the responsible party. Our attorneys had helped many clients suffering from Mesothelioma establish when they were exposed to this danger and make a claim for compensation.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death
Sadly, it has been our experience also to represent the loved ones of a family member who lost their life to Mesothelioma. The progression of the disease may be very slow at first, taking decades to become noticeable, but when it reaches a certain point, the progression of symptoms can move quickly. Regretfully, many victims die of Mesothelioma shortly after diagnosis.
A Trenton Mesothelioma attorney can represent qualified family members in a wrongful death case against the responsible party. We understand that this will not help bring back your loved one, the thing you desire most, but it can help alleviate some of the financial burdens you are suffering due to your loss.
If your loved one has passed away after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, and they have never sought compensation for their disease, qualified family members may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
Industries Most Associated With Asbestos Exposure
Many industries in the past used asbestos or had machinery that contained asbestos, or the buildings that they were working in had asbestos drywall and fixtures. Prior to the 1980s, workers in these industries and locations did not have respirators or other safety equipment necessary to be around asbestos, leaving them at full exposure.
Some of the more common industries that are associated with asbestos exposure include:
- Navy Yard Work
- Military Construction
- Asbestos Mining and Manufacturing
- Textile, Glass, and Metal Manufacturing
- Paper and Pulp Manufacturing
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Electronic Manufacturing
- Power Production and Power Plants
- Automotive Industry
- Aerospace Industry
- Construction Industry
- Agricultural Industry Including Some Food Processing
- Automobile Repair Industry – Especially Those Repairing Brake Systems
Additional industries may have had asbestos exposure through their buildings or products and supplies they used. If you have been given a diagnosis of Mesothelioma, you have been exposed to asbestos somewhere in your career. Mesothelioma is ONLY caused by asbestos exposure.
Some professions also have a higher exposure rate to asbestos than others. These professions include:
- Drywall Removal and Installation
- Insulation Installers or Removal
- Airplane Mechanics
- Automotive Mechanics – Especially for Brakes
- Navy Yard Workers
- Cement Workers
Other professionals may still have been exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment. Speak to a Trenton asbestos attorney about your diagnosis so they can begin researching where that exposure occurred.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits And The Statute of Limitations
Litigation about asbestos has been called the “longest running Tort in U.S. history.” Mesothelioma claims have been taking place since the 1980s and will probably continue for the next few decades. The length of time to receive a diagnosis for this deadly disease is what has extended the claims process.
In most cases, a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim is subjected to the Statute of Limitations based on the time that the event happened. The limitation on time is meant to protect all parties involved in a lawsuit. Over time, evidence can be lost, witnesses move or die, and memories change. To prevent either side from having the advantage over the other, a limitation is placed on the time you have to file a lawsuit.
Because Mesothelioma takes so long to develop and develops at a different rate in each person, the Statue of Limitations only applies to when the person receives their diagnosis or has passed away from the disease in a wrongful death case.
It is important to contact a Trenton Mesothelioma layer as soon as you are given the diagnosis of Mesothelioma. You should not lose out on the compensation that you are entitled to for developing this disease by waiting too long and exceeding the Statute of Limitations.
Types Of Compensation Available For Mesothelioma Claims
Mesothelioma compensation comes from three different sources: Mesothelioma Trust Funds, Settlements, and Jury Awards. The type of compensation that you receive will be based on the facts of your case and the responsible party.
During your FREE CONSULTATION, your attorney will explain the different types of compensation available to you in more detail and what may or may not apply to your case. Any questions that you have about the compensation process will be answered during your consultation.
Your Trenton Mesothelioma lawyer will seek compensation on your behalf for one or more of the following:
This will include all the costs of your treatment now and in the future for this disease. It will also include things like special equipment or similar out-of-pocket expenses that you may have had to purchase for your personal care. If you had to travel for specialized treatment, these expenses would be included as well.
If you require long term care, in-home care, or nursing care because of this disease, the attorney will seek compensation to cover these expenses.
If you are currently working, your attorney will seek lost income and lost future earnings. Since Mesothelioma often occurs in the elderly because of the extended development period, this may or may not apply to your case.
Pain and Suffering
This is a non-economic form of compensation and will vary from case to case. Your attorney will explain to you in more detail how this type of compensation is calculated for Mesothelioma cases.
This type of compensation applies to wrongful death cases. If your loved one has passed away as a result of Mesothelioma and you filed a wrongful death suit, your Trenton injury attorney will seek funeral and burial costs on behalf of the surviving family members.
Schedule An Appointment With A Trenton Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
A diagnosis of Mesothelioma is devastating to the victim and their family. Preparing for escalating medical costs and other additional expenses can add stress to an already complicated situation. It would be in the best interest of the entire family to speak with a Trenton Mesothelioma lawyer about the diagnosis. A lawyer can help you seek compensation from the right sources to help alleviate some of the financial difficulties.
Your Trenton Mesothelioma lawyer can also help put you in touch with additional Mesothelioma resources like the Veterans Administration, Social Security Disability, and Medicare. Your attorney may also be able to help you with a long-term disability insurance claim or provide information on local resources that can assist you and your family.
THERE IS NEVER A FEE UNLESS WE WIN. We will never ask for any up-front legal fees for our services. When we win your case, we will collect our fees. This type of payment plan ensures that everyone has access to legal representation.
NO OBLIGATION FREE CONSULTATION. If you are still unsure if you should file a Mesothelioma claim, have additional questions about this type of case, or are ready to get started taking legal action, we encourage you to speak with one of our qualified Trenton Mesothelioma attorneys today.