Sokolove Law is a national personal injury law firm, widely recognized for our television ads which for years have sought to educate families about asbestos exposure and their legal rights related to death from asbestos-related lung diseases, and the deadly cancer Mesothelioma.
Many families are unaware the disease and subsequent death was avoidable, and that their loved ones have legal rights even after death, despite years of educational television advertising because there are only about 3,200 Mesothelioma diagnoses each year. An estimated 10,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by asbestos exposure – and taking legal action can hold offending companies accountable and may provide much needed financial resources for the family.
8 Brief Considerations for Mesothelioma Families:
- Mesothelioma is directly caused by asbestos exposure which was widely used in a variety of products by manufacturers and builders through the 1970’s.
- Occupational exposure to asbestos is the most common cause of Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The majority of people who die from Mesothelioma were exposed on a regular basis, in the course of their employment. Risk was greatest for workers in mills, shipyards or in the heating, construction and automotive industries, as well as all branches of the U.S. military. In fact, approximately 33% of Mesothelioma cases have been shown to involve U.S. Navy or shipyard exposures.
- Mesothelioma can also be caused by secondary exposure. In fact, studies have shown those working with asbestos may have exposed their spouses and children to the substance through the fibers brought home on their clothes.
- Pursuing legal compensation can be critical for families struggling through tough financial situations. Many families may be worried about how they’ll pay their expenses and may not be aware they can benefit from compensation that a Mesothelioma claim may provide. Many families receive compensation within months—compensation that can help pay funeral and burial costs and offer a meaningful difference right away.
- Sadly, death from Mesothelioma was preventable because many manufacturers knew the health risks of asbestos exposure but for decades knowingly sold deadly asbestos-containing products, putting profits ahead of people and continued to put workers in harm’s way. Families may be able to file a claim against these companies getting the justice and compensation they deserve.
- Even though a loved one is deceased, a family member may be able to file a claim, but there are strict time limits, which could be a year or less. Each state is different, so a family should contact an attorney if they are interested in looking into a potential claim.
- It’s important for families to know claims are usually not made against employers; compensation usually comes from the companies that manufactured or sold asbestos-containing materials. For many manufacturers, even for those no longer in business, court-ordered trusts, estimated at over $30 billion, have been set aside.
- Filing an asbestos claim generally does not impact any Veteran’s Affairs (VA) benefits, Social Security disability insurance, or pension a family may be receiving.
Sokolove Law has helped over 2,000 families nationwide receive settlements and recovered over $3 billion for victims of Mesothelioma and their loved ones in the last five years alone — As a truly national law firm, with an office and licensed attorney in almost every state, our national reach allows us to help families in nearly any state and maximize the value of their cases and potential settlements.
If family members are looking for more information about finding justice and compensation for their loved ones, contact Sokolove Law directly toll free at 800-816-1497 so we can answer any questions, or feel free to provide our website.. To learn more, watch our recent webinar “Loss of A Loved One – Their Legal Rights Aren’t Lost Too”.
This is general information only and should not be taken or relied on as legal, medical, or other advice. Every factual situation is different; consult an attorney, or other professional before any legal, medical, or other decision. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcome. No attorney-client or other professional relationship is created by providing or using this information. Ricky Le Blanc (admitted MA only), Sokolove Law, LLC (LLP in certain states), 1330 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill/MA.