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 upsetting and difficult to come to grips with the fact that a company you once worked for decades ago knew the dangerous health consequences of asbestos and chose not to warn you—and now you are fighting for your life.
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. Even if the company that exposed a worker to asbestos is no longer in business, over $30 Billion has been set aside for victims in court-ordered bankruptcy trusts.
At Sokolove Law, we have a successful track record of more than 40 years of experience fighting on behalf of mesothelioma victims. Throughout our time working alongside 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, there is a chance they will develop an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer down the road.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in many industries until the 1970s when the well-known cancer risks were finally publicized. Asbestos still lurks in many older buildings, pipes, flooring and ceiling tiles, insulation, and brake pads, among many other products and construction materials. Many people are unaware that although its use is regulated, asbestos is not banned in the U.S.
While exposure to an asbestos-containing material may lead to the development of a disease down the line, a physical reaction or disease doesn’t occur immediately. This is because there is a latency period of 20 to 50 years between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma symptoms. 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
Given the delay between exposure to asbestos and the actual development of an asbestos-related disease, one of the most challenging parts about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is that the negligent behavior of an asbestos-related company took place many years ago. Many mesothelioma victims and their family members believe it is too difficult to trace the exposure back to a specific job site, job duty, or company that may not even exist anymore.
While it may be difficult, our mesothelioma attorneys have walked this road many times before, and with great success. Over the decades we’ve spent helping people injured by asbestos, we have assembled an extensive network of legal and medical experts who understand the locations, history, and science behind the claims victims of asbestos exposure make.
Finding the Right Mesothelioma Lawyer
To find the mesothelioma attorney that is best suited to you and your loved ones, you should look for someone that you feel comfortable with, can easily talk to, and trust. If you have been injured by asbestos, coming forward can involve sharing details of your personal life. This is only one of the reasons why you deserve a lawyer who will be with you every step of the way.
Even if an asbestos lawsuit is settled out of court, which is often the case, the entire process will still take time and a great deal of mental energy. The timeline for each case is unique, but we can prepare you and your family well for the procedures and milestones we’ve spent decades practicing.
Along the way, each step in making your case has to be executed correctly to give you the very best chance of receiving compensation. Our deep knowledge of the asbestos industry allows us to cut through the noise and place you and your claim in the best position to be successful. In many cases, only experienced, nationwide firms have access to the right documents and records that can help prove a company’s liability.
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, and we are committed to helping you stand up for your rights.
To support our firm’s mission of giving a voice to those who have been wrongly injured, we do not accept payment unless a mesothelioma claim is successful. This is what’s called “working on a contingency basis.” Simply put, it means: You pay absolutely nothing upfront, and only if your claim is successful will we receive payment. 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 in the event that claim is unsuccessful. In addition, working this way ensures that our goals and the goals of the people we represent are aligned. It also means we can begin the claims process without any delays, while 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 and that, accordingly, the time one has to file an asbestos-related injury claim is limited. To learn more about filing a claim, please contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling the number below, or using the chat feature available on our site. Our knowledgeable and friendly team is here and ready to help you.