Malignant mesothelioma is an extremely painful and deadly form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Because industrial use of asbestos continued even after the dangers of exposure were known, companies can be held liable for exposing workers and others to asbestos even though decades may have passed since the exposure occurred. That means mesothelioma patients and family members whose loved ones have died of mesothelioma or suffered a related illness can take legal action to recover compensation from the manufacturers involved. Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban provides determined representation for victims of mesothelioma and their families throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
There are several options for filing a claim stemming from mesothelioma. The first step is to determine when and how you were exposed. Many workers were exposed to asbestos as part of their employment as:
However, even office workers might have been exposed if poor maintenance to their building exposed workers to insulation containing asbestos.
Mesothelioma is generally a result of a manufacturer’s negligence or another type of employer’s failure to warn of risks or remediate asbestos hazards. This means victims can sue for compensation to recover damages such as:
Family members of a victim who died from mesothelioma can sue for wrongful death.
However, there are some obstacles to suing at-fault companies. Because of the crushing liability of mesothelioma lawsuits, many asbestos manufacturers have been forced into bankruptcy. Many of these companies were required to set up trust funds for future mesothelioma victims. So, if your former employer is no longer in business, you need to determine whether it established a mesothelioma trust before submitting your claim.
Each state sets its own deadlines for filing a claim. Because mesothelioma is very slow to develop, a patient may not have symptoms for decades, so the statutory period is not based on the date of exposure. The deadlines for the states we serve are as follows:
In all cases, we recommend taking action as soon as possible after a diagnosis. This allows your attorney to develop evidence of your exposure linked to the proper source and to research where to file for compensation.
Victims of mesothelioma may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as a result of their exposure. These benefits can completely cover medical expenses and provide wage replacement if the disease is disabling. Veterans who were exposed to asbestos as part of their military service may be eligible for VA disability benefits. These are areas where our attorneys have a wealth of experience.
Because of its superior heat-resistant properties, asbestos was widely used in ship construction during the early- to mid-20th century. All classes of U.S. naval ships used asbestos as insulation around pipes, pumps, and boilers, and in other applications. To advise naval veterans about the potential scope of the problem, here is a list of aircraft carriers on which service members may have been exposed:
This list does not reflect all ships with known asbestos problems. In fact, these are only the aircraft carriers! Asbestos was also used on amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, destroyer escorts, escort carriers, frigates, minesweepers, and submarines.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban takes pride in our determined representation of asbestos and wrongful death clients, as well as our advocacy for veterans’ benefits. To schedule a free consultation, call today at (877) 428-1122 or contact our firm online. We proudly serve clients from our many office locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia & Florida.
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