Fighting for Compensation for Victims of Asbestos-Related Diseases
Mesothelioma is a serious and often terminal form of cancer. The primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral that is dangerous to ingest or inhale. Mesothelioma can take eight to 10 years or longer to form from the time of exposure. If you have mesothelioma, or if a loved one has passed away from cancer, there is a high likelihood that you’re eligible for financial recovery. Personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm can help.
Mesothelioma and Negligence
Mesothelioma is a hot topic in personal injury and wrongful death law because the majority of cases stem from exposure to asbestos fibers. In the start of the 20th century, the dangers of asbestos were still a mystery. The material saturated certain industries, especially construction, fireproofing, and shipbuilding. It was a sought-after mineral for its resistance to fire as well as its durability and strength, making it almost indestructible. In the 1920s and ‘30s, the poisoning effects of asbestos exposure began to cause concern. By the 1980s and ‘90s, a number of countries had banned the use of asbestos, but for thousands of people, the damage was already done.
Asbestos particles smaller than the eye can see can lodge into places within the body – most often in the lungs – and remain there for decades before eventually causing a cancerous growth. Direct exposure to asbestos, inhalation of dust particles, particles on clothing, and even second-hand exposure through someone else can lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related harms such as asbestosis. Decades later, when exposure leads to cancer, it is typically too late for the victim to recover in their health. However, some new treatment options exist to give patients more hope than they had in the past.
Mesothelioma and negligence are generally closely related. Today’s courts see asbestos exposure as a serious act of negligence on the part of companies that did not limit employee exposure or provide protective equipment. The companies should have tested the material or stopped using it once speculation of asbestos-related harms came to light. Even if the company you worked for at the time of exposure is bankrupt or no longer in business, you may be able to recover through trust funds the government has set up for victims like you.
Options for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families
Victims of asbestos exposure and their families may be unsure what legal options are available to them. Outlined below are a few options:
More than 3,000 new mesothelioma diagnoses occur each year. The most common type (80% of cases) is pleural mesothelioma found in the lining of the lungs. This type of mesothelioma most often arises from breathing in asbestos particles. It is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after a mesothelioma diagnosis. The odds of securing financial compensation are high for victims and their family members. You could receive payment for all mesothelioma-related medical bills, lost wages, lost quality of life, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Why Murphy Law Firm?
Murphy Law Firm has experience handling mesothelioma claims in Louisiana. We know how the local courts operate and how to file your claim within the deadline. Peyton Murphy will fight for you during settlement negotiations or in the courtroom. Asbestos-related claims are taken on contingency, meaning we do not get paid unless you receive compensation for you or your loved one’s illness. Start with a free consultation at our Baton Rouge office or Call (225) 928-8800 to request an appointment or we will come to you anywhere in the country. Most importantly, you should hire Louisiana lawyers familiar with our courts, judges, and defendants.