Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis marks an important turning point in your life. For many mesothelioma patients, the disease takes them by surprise. What they thought was just a cough or a simple chest pain turned out to be a deadly, incurable cancer. It can also be extremely hard to come to terms with a diagnosis if your former employer may be to blame. Many companies that made or sold asbestos products knew the dangerous health consequences of asbestos for decades. However, they chose not to warn their employees — and many like you are now fighting for their lives.
Finding the Right Mesothelioma Attorney
Due to these reckless corporate decisions that prioritized profits over people, victims of asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation. Over $30 Billion has been set aside for victims in court-ordered bankruptcy trusts. You may qualify for compensation even if the company that exposed you is no longer in business.
Sokolove Law has more than 40 years of experience fighting for mesothelioma victims. Throughout our time with those affected by asbestos-related diseases, we have reached mesothelioma settlements worth millions of dollars.
In total, our firm has recovered over $4.3 Billion for asbestos victims and their families.
Asbestos Exposure and a Delayed Mesothelioma Diagnosis
According to many global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. This means if someone was exposed to asbestos, they may develop an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer later on.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in many industries for decades. Its use was curtailed in the 1980s once the well-known health risks were finally publicized. Asbestos still lurks in many older buildings, pipes, tiles, insulation, and other construction products. Many people are unaware that although its use is regulated, asbestos is not banned in the U.S.
Asbestos-related diseases will not develop immediately after exposure. This is because there is a latency period of 20-50 years between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma. Other asbestos-related diseases can have similar latency periods.
Sadly, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people suffering from mesothelioma is growing year by year.
Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Lawsuits
Without help, pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit can be challenging. Many mesothelioma victims and their families believe it is too hard to trace their asbestos exposure back to a specific job site, job duty, or company that may not even exist anymore.
Fortunately, our mesothelioma attorneys have walked this road many times before, and with great success. Over the last 4 decades, we have assembled an extensive network of legal and medical investigators. These individuals understand the locations, history, and science behind the claims that victims of asbestos exposure make.
Finding the Right Mesothelioma Lawyer
When choosing a mesothelioma attorney, you should look for someone that you can easily talk to and trust. If you have been injured by asbestos, coming forward can involve sharing details of your personal life. Thus, you deserve a lawyer who will be with you every step of the way.
Even though most asbestos lawsuits are settled out of court, the entire process will still take time and mental energy. The timeline for each case is unique. Fortunately, we can prepare you and your family well for the procedures and milestones you may encounter.
Along the way, each step in your case has to be executed correctly. This includes filing the right paperwork and keeping you informed as the case progresses. Our deep knowledge of the asbestos industry allows us to give you the best chance of receiving compensation.
In many cases, only experienced, nationwide firms have access to the right documents and records that could prove a company’s liability. Sokolove Law has the national reach and resources to give you a better shot at success.
We Work Without Pay Until You Win
We firmly believe that victims of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases deserve a voice in the American justice system. Through no fault of your own, you or someone you love has been harmed. We are committed to helping you stand up for your rights.
To support those who have been wrongly injured, we work on what is called a “contingency basis.” This means you pay absolutely nothing upfront, and we only receive payment only if your claim is successful. If a case does not succeed in securing compensation, we, like the victims we flight for, will not get paid.
Working on a contingency basis minimizes the risks for mesothelioma victims and their families if a claim is unsuccessful. In addition, working this way ensures that our attorneys and clients share the same goal. Further, it means we can begin the claims process without any delays. Other firms might be willing to wait for down payments before getting started.
As with most legal matters, it is vital to remember that statutes of limitations vary from state to state. Accordingly, the time one has to file an asbestos-related injury claim is limited.