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Union Members & Mesothelioma

Union Members & Mesothelioma

This year, thousands of Americans will be diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. As union workers, you and your family have a higher risk of exposure.

The sad truth is companies knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure, but failed to warn their workers. After a latency period of 20 to 50 years, union workers are now developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In many cases, their family members are falling ill due to asbestos exposures that occurred when workers brought the dust home on their clothes and skin.

Many American workers have been led to believe that asbestos is no longer a threat and that, if you become sick, you likely don’t have no medical or legal options. That’s simply not true. Sokolove Law represents union members and their families throughout the United States.

Who is at Risk?

Asbestos was used in thousands of products at job sites throughout the United States. Bricklayers, cement masons, steelworkers, carpenters and other union trades were unnecessarily put at risk.

What Can You Do?

Asbestos-related cancer is a unique medical and legal matter. Be upfront with your doctor about your history of asbestos exposure and the possible risks, especially if you develop the following symptoms: persistent cough, weight-loss and shortness of breath. These could be signs of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

If you are sick, put the resources and the results of Sokolove Law on your side. We have seen the effects of asbestos diseases firsthand and will give you and your family the respect and personal attention you deserve.

Sokolove Law Helps Union Tradesmen with Mesothelioma

  • Experience
    We have represented hundreds of skilled union tradesmen, including auto workers and fire fighters, throughout the country. Our staff has a proven track record of helping families affected by asbestos.
  • Reputation
    We work with leading medical experts throughout the country. The firm has an A+ rating with the BBB and has been positively peer reviewed by prestigious companies like Martindale Hubble.
  • Location
    Sokolove Law, headquartered in Chestnut Hill, MA, has a nationwide practice with law offices in nearly every state. No matter where you live, we’ll come to you – so you can focus on your health and your family.

Common Questions about Union Members’ Asbestos Exposure

Q: Isn’t asbestos banned?

Answer: No. It was banned in 1989 under the Toxic Substances Control Act, but in 1991, the U.S. Fifth District Appellate Court overturned it. The United States imports thousands of metric tons of asbestos annually to be used in everyday products such as chalk boards, cement shingles, vehicle brakes and cement pipes.

Q: Aren’t all the companies who used asbestos decades ago bankrupt and out of business?

Answer: No. When companies go bankrupt in the United States it doesn’t necessarily mean they go out of business. Instead, a bankruptcy judge approves a plan for them to restructure their debt which allows them to continue on with business as usual. Essentially, declaring bankruptcy allows companies to avoid the consequences from their actions of poisoning their workers.

Q: Why should I file a lawsuit?

Answer: Filing a lawsuit can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and ease the burden of medical costs draining your family budget. In addition, it sends a message to the companies who knowingly used asbestos that their actions were wrong.

Q: I filed a claim with another law firm years ago. Doesn’t that mean I’m not eligible to file another one?

Answer: It depends. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer since you filed the old claim, then it would be considered a new diagnosis. Therefore, you would be eligible to file a new claim. If you think you may be eligible to file a new claim, contact us today for more information.

Q: If I file a claim, does that mean I will be suing my current or former employer?

Answer: Not necessarily. It’s common for workers to feel loyal toward their current or former employer, or to the people they worked with. It’s possible to file a claim without naming an employer. Instead, the claim would list the companies who made the asbestos products your employer used.

Q: I know an attorney. Shouldn’t I just talk to him or her?

Answer: Maybe. Do they have experience representing mesothelioma victims? Asbestos litigation falls under a unique type of law that requires years of experience to develop the knowledge necessary to successfully pursue a case. You need to be confident that the firm you choose is the best fit for you and your family. We have over 40 attorneys who focus their practices solely on helping people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. In addition, our asbestos attorneys have experience helping people who experienced occupational asbestos exposure while working in the trades. Mesothelioma cases involving asbestos exposure with union members have their own types of considerations, so we encourage you to call us regarding the specific facts of your potential case.

Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating. Hiring a mesothelioma lawyer is the critical first step in obtaining financial security for your family. Call us today or fill out the form to find out how we may be able to help you.