Asbestos Cancer Attorney
Asbestos Cancer Attorney
If you or a family member were exposed to asbestos in the workplace and have been diagnosed with cancer, you have the right to seek compensation for medical care, lost wages and pain & suffering.
I will help you every step of the way. I’ll find out which companies are responsible for exposing you to asbestos and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
I will help you with issues concerning:
- Proving the source of asbestos
- Asbestos in brake pads and shoes
- Asbestos-related cancers
- Union workers exposed to asbestos
- Workers’ compensation and asbestos exposure
The Legal Process
If you have been diagnosed with cancer due to asbestos exposure, you may also be entitled to damages (in addition to workers’ compensation benefits) by filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. To recover these damages, however, you can’t go it alone; you will need my help. Asbestos litigation has become necessary as we’ve seen the catastrophic health problems asbestos exposure has caused. For more than 40 years, I have helped thousands of injured victims recover significant monetary damages, but more so, they have peace of mind knowing their needs, and the needs of their families were taken care of.
Proving the source of asbestos exposure is a critical step in the legal process.
Before a lawsuit can be filed on your behalf, liability must be determined. As a mesothelioma lawyer, I will be able to identify the companies that manufactured & distributed asbestos to your employer. We will need to know the number of years you were employed in the asbestos-filled environment, and the name of your employer.
We will file a product liability lawsuit (for personal injury or wrongful death) against the companies that manufactured or distributed the asbestos for failure to warn the public.
Lastly, we may file a bankruptcy claim with the bankruptcy trust. Asbestos manufacturers and distributors will not be able to be protected from a bankruptcy filing. Roughly 28 asbestos companies have filed for bankruptcy protection due to asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits. The court required these companies to set up trusts to pay out compensation to future asbestos claimants.
Health Issues From Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure can lead to several health conditions, including:
A mesothelioma diagnosis is hard on you and your family. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is primarily caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, which can become lodged in the lining tissues and trigger the development of cancerous cells over time. Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and weight loss.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled and cause scarring and inflammation in the lung tissues. This scarring, known as fibrosis, makes breathing difficult and can lead to long-term respiratory problems. Symptoms of asbestosis may include persistent coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, fatigue, and finger clubbing.
Inhalation of asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing lung cancer. The carcinogenic properties of asbestos can cause genetic mutations in lung cells, leading to the uncontrolled growth of cancerous tumors. Symptoms of asbestos-related lung cancer are similar to those of other lung cancers and may include coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss.
Asbestos exposure can result in various pleural disorders, including pleural plaques, pleural effusion, and pleural thickening. Pleural plaques are localized areas of thickened and calcified scar tissue that form on the pleural lining. Pleural effusion occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the space between the lung and the chest wall. Pleural thickening refers to the abnormal thickening and scarring of the pleural lining. These conditions can cause chest pain, breathing difficulties, and reduced lung function.
Although less common than other asbestos-related conditions, there is evidence linking asbestos exposure to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Asbestos fibers can reach the ovaries through the bloodstream or by direct extension from the peritoneal lining. Ovarian cancer symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, pelvic discomfort, changes in bowel habits, and loss of appetite.
Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is incredibly hard to deal with. Mesothelioma lawyers have been working to make sure asbestos litigation holds these companies responsible. For over 40 years, I’ve been fighting these same fights for you. As one of the most highly experienced mesothelioma attorneys in Ohio, I will take care of the legal process, so you can focus on your health! If you believe your illness was caused by asbestos exposure, call me today, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When an individual passes away as a result of a disease caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asbestos-related lung cancer, you need to take action. As an asbestos lawyer, I’ve seen families struggle financially after the death of their loved one, due to asbestos exposure.
Wrongful death lawsuits are legal actions initiated by the surviving family members or beneficiaries of the deceased, seeking compensation for the loss of their loved one due to the negligent or wrongful actions of another party.
In the context of asbestos-related diseases, lawsuits typically allege that the deceased was exposed to asbestos due to the negligence of asbestos manufacturers, employers, or other entities responsible for their safety. The family may argue that the defendants failed to adequately warn the public about the dangers of asbestos, or failed to provide a safe working environment.
By filing a wrongful death claim, you will seek to recover damages for various losses experienced by the surviving family members. These can include financial losses such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and loss of support. Mesothelioma law firms may also seek compensation for the emotional pain, suffering, and loss of companionship endured by the family due to the untimely death of their loved one.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit allows the family to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions or negligence. It can provide a means to obtain financial support to cope with the costs and burdens associated with the loss.
If this has happened to you, or someone you know, you need to call me! My mesothelioma law firm has the experience and dedication you need to prove negligence and wrongdoing. Asbestos suits are a complex legal process I will help you navigate. At the end of the day, I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Helping Union Workers Obtain Compensation for Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was used primarily in the manufacturing of products and building materials and therefore many of the workers exposed to it were in the manufacturing and construction industries. Workers in these industries typically belong to labor unions. Although union workers can collect workers’ compensation, they may need additional compensation to cover losses from asbestos-related cancers.
Union Workers Who May Be Entitled to Additional Compensation
If you work, or have worked in the following industries and became ill because of exposure to asbestos, call me today:
Steel workers are involved in the production and shaping of steel structures. They may encounter asbestos in older steel mills, as asbestos-containing materials were commonly used for insulation and fireproofing in these facilities.
Iron workers assemble and install structural iron and steel components. They may come into contact with asbestos when working on older buildings or bridges where asbestos-containing materials, such as insulation or fireproofing, were used.
Auto workers manufacture or repair vehicles. In the past, asbestos was used in various automotive components, including brakes, clutches, and gaskets. Handling or repairing these parts without proper precautions can lead to asbestos exposure.
Electricians install and maintain electrical systems. They may encounter asbestos while working in older buildings where asbestos-containing materials were used for insulation around electrical wires or in electrical panels.
Boilermakers construct, install, and repair boilers, tanks, and vats. Asbestos was commonly used in boiler insulation and gaskets, so boilermakers may have been exposed to asbestos during the maintenance or repair of these systems.
Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks, and other masonry materials to construct buildings and structures. While bricklaying itself doesn’t involve direct asbestos exposure, they may encounter asbestos-containing materials when working on older buildings.
Plumbers install and repair plumbing systems. Contact with asbestos can happen when working on older buildings where asbestos-containing materials were used for pipe insulation, gaskets, or sealants.
Railroad workers perform various tasks related to maintaining and operating rail systems. They may have been exposed to asbestos when working on older trains, as asbestos was used in components like brakes, insulation, and gaskets.
Construction workers are involved in various aspects of building construction. Asbestos exposure can happen when working on renovation or demolition projects involving older buildings, where asbestos-containing materials were commonly used in insulation, roofing, or flooring.
Mill workers operate machinery in manufacturing facilities. In the past, asbestos was used in insulation around machinery or pipes, exposing mill workers to asbestos fibers during their daily operations.
Pipe fitters install and repair pipes in various systems, such as plumbing, heating, or industrial pipelines. They may have been exposed to asbestos when working with asbestos-containing pipe insulation or gaskets used in older systems.
I come from a blue-collar background. My grandfather helped build the terminal tower, but sadly was killed on the job. I appreciate your hard work and dedication and in turn, I will be dedicated to ensuring you are fairly compensated!
Damages To Be Collected
When filing a lawsuit due to a health condition resulting from asbestos exposure, various types of damages can be sought to compensate the affected individual. The damages that can be collected may include:
This covers the cost of medical treatments, surgeries, hospital stays, medications, rehabilitation, and any other healthcare-related expenses incurred due to the asbestos-related condition. The compensation aims to reimburse you for past medical expenses and provide financial support for ongoing and future medical needs.
Lost wages seek to compensate the individual for the income they were unable to earn due to their health condition. It covers the wages, salaries, and other employment benefits that the person would have received if they hadn’t been affected by the asbestos-related illness. This includes both past income loss and potential future loss of earnings.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages are intended to compensate you for the physical pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life caused by the asbestos-related condition. This includes the physical discomfort, mental anguish, anxiety, depression, and other non-economic damages experienced due to the illness.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium damages may be awarded to the spouse or partner of the affected individual. It compensates for the loss of companionship, love, affection, sexual relations, and emotional support due to the illness caused by asbestos exposure.
In cases where the individual has passed away due to an asbestos-related condition, the lawsuit may seek to recover funeral and burial expenses. This covers the costs associated with the funeral service, burial or cremation, cemetery plot, headstone, and other related expenses.
In certain circumstances, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant for their particularly egregious conduct or willful disregard for safety. Punitive damages aim to deter similar behavior in the future and provide an additional financial penalty to the responsible party.