Patients diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer are encouraged to seek the services of a reputable and experienced mesothelioma lawyer. Victims of this devastating disease often struggle with staggering medical bills, a loss of quality of life for themselves and their families and, most importantly, a very real threat to life itself.
Workers in the mining industry are at highest risk of contracting asbestos-related cancer, followed by ship builders, railroad workers, steelwork and finishing mill employees, those in the electrical light and power industries, and people who work around blast furnaces.
It is estimated that every year, 3,000 people are diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer in the United States. Symptoms typically appear 10-40 years after asbestos exposure.
WHO NEEDS A MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER?
Anyone who has received an official medical diagnosis should consider contacting a qualified attorney to explore their options, especially those patients who are experiencing functional or physical impairments. In Texas, there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases that expires after two years. Following a patient’s death, the window for family members to file a wrongful death suit may be even shorter. Quick legal action initiated by an experienced attorney may help ensure the patient receives the financial relief he or she deserves.
WHY SHOULD A MESOTHELIOMA PATIENT CONSIDER A LAWYER?
Both state and federal law protects workers who have encountered asbestos in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces those laws and determines the levels of asbestos workers can safely be exposed to with proper precautions taken. Unfortunately, some employers fail to meet OSHA’s standards (now or in the past), exposing workers to highly concentrated levels of asbestos without providing applicable protection, and sometimes without workers’ knowledge of the extent of exposure.
An experienced attorney may be able to help ensure that employers who violated asbestos laws are held liable for the often life-altering consequences caused to workers.
WHAT CAN PATIENTS AND FAMILIES EXPECT FROM A MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER?
An effective and experienced attorney will review and investigate the client’s claim, determine responsible parties, and, file a complaint on the client’s behalf. Legal counsel will attempt to secure the highest possible financial compensation possible for the client. This can be done through settlements or representation in court. The amount of financial recoveries depends on several factors such as the defendant’s solvency, the severity of the plaintiff’s symptoms, medical condition and quality of life, and the efficiency of settlement negotiations.