When to Hire a Mesothelioma Lawyer?
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If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please know that Phillips Law Group is here to support you at this difficult time. We know that when a loved one receives a diagnosis of mesothelioma, this is a crushing emotional blow for the entire family, especially since this chronic disease tends to be incurable.
In practically all cases of mesothelioma, it is discovered that the diagnosis could have been prevented if someone would have taken the proper precautions. As such, if you or your loved one has received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, call Phillips Law Group as soon as possible at (800) 706-3000. You’re entitled to seek compensation from the liable party, and our lawyers with decades of experience can help you get fair compensation.
The Connection Between Mesothelioma and Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of flexible microscopic fibers. Some of the most common forms of asbestos include chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, and anthophyllite. Asbestos is also extremely durable, resistant to heat, and non-corrosive, yet a single fiber can be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair.
It’s these properties of asbestos that made the mineral the ideal component used for decades in manufacturing products in the construction, automotive, railroad, and other industries. Indeed, the use of asbestos in products became extremely widespread from paints and appliances in homes to hospital equipment used by healthcare workers.
In its natural state, asbestos is practically harmless to humans. However, when asbestos is broken or disturbed, the fibers are released into the air and become deadly if inhaled. Unlike most toxins that our bodies can eliminate if exposed to, asbestos never leaves the body once it’s inhaled. Exposure to asbestos over time results in a type of cancer known as mesothelioma.
Many companies continued using asbestos for decades even when well aware of the risk to health and life that their products could pose to users. Rather than make the necessary adjustments out of safety concerns, these companies chose to hide the risks in favor of profits. This is why, if you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it would be wise to speak with an asbestos lawyer today! You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer Now
A diagnosis of any type of cancer comes in four stages to indicate how far the disease has progressed. The higher the stage, the more the cancer has spread in the body, and the prognosis is bleak. Most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at stage 3, which means life expectancy is greatly reduced. This is one reason why it is urgent to speak with an asbestos lawyer as soon as you or your loved one receives a diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Another reason is that each state has set a limited time during which you can file a claim to get compensation from the liable party for the diagnosis of mesothelioma and related damages. In legal terms, this time limit is known as the statute of limitations. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma claim is 2 years from being diagnosed or 2 years from the death of your loved one.
Additionally, the two governmental agencies that are responsible for monitoring the use and handling of asbestos, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have established extensive laws and regulations for this purpose. Trying to navigate these complex, constantly changing laws on your own may only lead to a feeling of further frustration.
An asbestos lawyer is not only familiar with the current laws stipulated by the EPA and OSHA but also be aware of the history of asbestos usage in the county. Further, your lawyer will know what specific evidence may be needed regarding a mesothelioma claim and how to attain such evidence through investigation, medical records, work history, and other means. Thus, the sooner you get the assistance of an attorney for your claim, the better.
Types of Compensation You May Be Entitled to Receive
The dangers of asbestos have been known by manufacturers since at least the 1930s. However, throughout the decades since then, companies have chosen profits over the safety of workers and the environment in general. The results have been many victims of asbestosis and mesothelioma, both of which are life-changing diseases.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, do not forget that you have legal rights. You should not have to suffer for the careless actions of another. Let our law firm help you during this tough time to get just compensation for your loss. If you have lost a loved one to this dreadful disease, your lawyer can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family.
You may be compensated for economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Present and long-term expenses for medical treatment
- Present and long-term lost wages
- Household renovation for disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Compensation for wrongful death
Get Your Claim in Good Hands Today
If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the drastic change in your life. The physical pain, coupled with the mounting medical bills, and possible economic hardship may cause you much distress. Or if you have gone through the incredibly traumatic experience of losing a loved one to this dreadful disease, you may suffer a great deal of emotional anguish.
In either case, don’t suffer alone. Our lawyers, with extensive knowledge of asbestos law, can help you get a fair settlement for your losses that covers your medical expenses, emotional distress, and more. Although there is no way to truly compensate for the loss of a family member, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide you with a measure of justice and assist in securing your financial future.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to pursue compensation on your own. These big companies that may be found liable for damages have teams of highly skilled lawyers on hand whose sole purpose is to protect the interests of the company.
Neither is it advisable to agree to a settlement offered by any insurance company before speaking with a lawyer. Insurance adjusters are trained to minimize the amount of the claim since they know that most people aren’t aware of its true value.
That’s why you need a highly skilled law firm in your corner as soon as possible after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Lawyers intimately familiar with asbestos law will know how to calculate the true value of your claim so that you will receive full compensation for damages. The right attorneys for you will be prepared to argue your case in court if necessary.
Phillips Law Group is that law firm. Our team of lawyers has successfully recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for victims.
Get your claim in good hands today by calling (800) 706-3000 for a free consultation. Our lawyers will fight for you so that you can focus on your health and family.
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