Louisiana Asbestosis Lawyers
Asbestosis is a condition that describes inflammation and scarring in the lungs as a result of long-term irritation from asbestos. Asbestosis can cause respiratory problems, shortness of breath, persistent cough, loss of appetite, chest pain, fatigue, and fever. Because of the nature of asbestos exposure and so many companies knowingly putting employees at risk, mesothelioma and asbestosis patients and their loved ones have legal rights. Filing a claim can help cover the expensive treatment costs of asbestosis or mesothelioma, recover lost wages, and make sure these companies are held accountable for their wrongdoings. At Murphy Law Firm, the experienced asbestosis and mesothelioma attorneys are highly skilled in the laws or asbestos litigation and have litigated millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Let Murphy Law Firm help you stand up for your rights in Louisiana, contact us.
- About 3,000 new cases each year
- Symptoms appear 10 – 50 years after exposure
- Average life expectancy: 6 – 12 months
“Our law firm has substantial expertise in the highly specialized field of occupational Asbestos exposure litigation.” – Peyton Murphy
Risk Factors for Asbestosis
Despite stricter regulations around its use, being exposed to asbestos at work happens more commonly than many realize and still occurs today. Asbestos remains the number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States. Around the world, it is estimated that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through work each year.
According to most recent NIOSH work-related lung disease report, nearly 15% of all malignant mesothelioma deaths in 1999 were workers in the construction industry.
Shipyard workers have a variety of duties including construction and maintenance of ships. Asbestos was very common on these ships because of its properties and could be found in almost any aspect of the ship, from the gaskets and seal compounds to the boilers. Because of the high amount of asbestos used on these naval ships, Navy veterans are also at high risk. Asbestos was used widely throughout the military, however, so all veterans are vulnerable to being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
If you’re one of the thousands of people who breathed in asbestos particles, worked around the substance, or had second-hand exposure from someone who did, it is no surprise you’re suffering from health consequences now.
The workers exposed to asbestos most often in the past include construction workers, railroad workers, electricians, shipyard workers, mechanics, boiler operators, and asbestos miners. It is an employer’s job to find out about asbestos in the workplace and to take steps to either eliminate the hazard, contain it, or otherwise safeguard employees from dangerous exposure. Failure to do so can eventually be fatal for workers.
Asbestosis and other asbestos-related conditions, such as mesothelioma, take years to develop. You might receive an asbestosis diagnosis 10 to 50 years or longer after exposure. For this reason, courts around the country have changed the typical personal injury and wrongful death rules to extend the deadline for asbestos cases. It is not too late to take action for yourself or for a loved one. Seeking help from Murphy Law Firm can be the easiest way to learn more about your legal rights and start the claims process across the country.
About Asbestosis Claims
There are several types of claims mesothelioma patients may consider depending on their individual circumstances. Mesothelioma compensation can come from workers’ compensation, lawsuits, asbestos bankruptcy trust funds, or veterans’ benefits. Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers at Murphy Law Firm can determine the best option for your case and work to gather all the evidence necessary for the claim. Every year, thousands of people seek legal help for new or existing asbestos-related conditions. There are currently class actions and mass suits throughout the country that group together plaintiffs with similar claims against the same companies to expedite the process. With an attorney’s help, you may be able to join one of these actions or begin your own personal lawsuit against the company you worked for and/or other parties. There is a trust fund allocated for people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses in the event that the negligent employer no longer exists or is bankrupt.
Peyton Murphy and his team know how devastating a diagnosis like asbestosis can be. While treatments exist, it is typically a condition that lasts for life. We also know that time is of the essence if the prognosis is terminal. We will help you fast-track your claim as much as possible so you can get the compensation you need as fast as possible. Learn more about your rights and options during a free consultation with our asbestosis attorneys or call 225-928-8800.