Tucson Mesothelioma Attorney
At Phillips Law Group, we understand the devasting effects mesothelioma can have on a family. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, reaching out to an experienced attorney is important. A lawyer may be able to assist you in pursuing compensation for medical treatment and future damages.
Our firm has helped over 150,000 clients obtain more than $750,000,000 in compensation over the past 27 years. We work to protect the best interests of our clients after devastating events, such as learning of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
The Tucson mesothelioma attorneys at Phillips Law Group provide a 100 percent free consultation at no risk or obligation to take legal action. If you do decide to move forward with our firm, we do not charge legal fees or upfront costs. This is because we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid for our services unless we help you obtain favorable compensation.
Am I Eligible to File a Case?
Many mesothelioma victims have grounds to take legal action. However, as each situation is unique, it is still important to review the situation with an experienced attorney. There are many factors our Tucson mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to review to determine if a case is viable, which may include:
- Documentation about your work history
- What you remember about old jobs and when you may have worked with asbestos-containing materials
- Other mesothelioma claims against your previous employers
- Evidence of old employers using materials that may have contained asbestos
Our attorneys are here to answer your legal questions.
What is the Value of My Mesothelioma Case?
Mesothelioma is a debilitating disease that requires extensive medical treatment. Depending on the specifics of your claim, our attorneys may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Cost of chemotherapy
- Palliative care
- Surgery costs
- Lab tests
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical assistive equipment
We may also help you obtain compensation for the physical and emotional damages you experience as a result of the disease. This may include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As this disease is often fatal, our attorneys may be able to pursue compensation for the following types of damages if your loved one dies:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of care
- Funeral and burial costs
In Arizona, there are no caps on the amount of compensation a victim may be eligible to pursue.
Need help with your mesothelioma claim? Call us at 1-800-706-3000.
Is There a Deadline to Take Legal Action?
If you are considering filing a mesothelioma claim, it is important that you act quickly because of Arizona’s statute of limitations. In Arizona, the time limit to take legal action is two years date that you were diagnosed with the disease. Claims filed after this deadline are likely to be dismissed in court.
However, there are certain exceptions to this law that may apply to your case. For example, claims involving a state government entity must be filed within just 180 days of your diagnosis.
It is important that you speak to a Tucson mesothelioma attorney to better understand how much time you may have to take legal action.
Our office can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-706-3000.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Having a lawyer on your side during this process can be very beneficial. Mesothelioma victims and their families often do not have the time or resources to thoroughly investigate to determine when and where asbestos exposure happened.
Our legal team of licensed attorneys and support staff is prepared to handle these types of detailed investigations on behalf of our clients. We know where to look for information, considering decades may have passed since you or your loved one were exposed to asbestos.
Our Tucson mesothelioma lawyers are experienced negotiators. We are prepared to negotiate a pre-trial settlement or a settlement with an asbestos bankruptcy trust set up by your old employer. We are prepared to handle filing a claim with a bankruptcy trust and all the steps involved.
We welcome an opportunity to discuss how we may be able to assist you during this difficult time. The consultation is entirely free.
Companies That Have Created Bankruptcy Trusts
Your attorney can determine if an old employer set up a bankruptcy trust to deal with mesothelioma claims from former employees. Some of the companies that have set up these trusts include:
- ASARCO LLC
- Eagle-Pitcher Industries
- Armstrong World Industries
- National Gypsum
- Owens Corning Fibreboard
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
- Combustion Engineering
If you used to work at one of these places or another company that you think used materials containing asbestos, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a legal claim.
Schedule your free legal consultation by calling 1-800-706-3000.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Employers are not the only ones who could potentially be held liable for a mesothelioma diagnosis. Other entities that may be held liable include:
- Product manufacturers – Companies that crafted asbestos-containing materials may be held responsible for manufacturing dangerous products. Product manufacturers continued to create asbestos-containing product long after research had linked asbestos to mesothelioma.
- Mining companies – Mining activities could have contributed to asbestos particles being in the air, putting workers and nearby residents at risk for exposure.
- Property owners – A contractor who was exposed to asbestos while working on commercial or residential property may have a claim against the property owner.
What to do After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Learning you have been diagnosed with cancer, particularly one that is often fatal, is devastating news. Victims and their loved ones often do not know what to do next.
One thing victims should consider is seeking a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. This is particularly true if the doctor who diagnosed you does not specialize in diagnosing or treating this condition. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer so not all doctors know how to properly identify it.
If the diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to find out about treatment options, such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. These are options you can discuss with your doctor and loved ones.
It is also important during this time to create a support system of family and friends to help with the many challenges you may face as the disease spreads. This includes trips to the doctor, routine tasks that may become difficult as your condition progresses (cooking meals, picking things up around the house).
Talking to a lawyer is another important step during this difficult time. Treatment for mesothelioma is not cheap, and an attorney may be able to pursue compensation for the costs of that treatment.
Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000
What is Mesothelioma?
According to the American Cancer Society, there are a few main types of mesothelioma:
- Pleural mesothelioma – This is the most common form of the disease that starts in the chest.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma – This form starts in the abdomen and is the second most common type of mesothelioma.
- Pericardial mesothelioma – This is a rare form of the disease starts around the heart.
- Testicular mesothelioma – This form is a rare tumor that starts in the covering layers of the testicles.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose as most symptoms do not occur until many years after exposure to asbestos fibers. Symptoms of mesothelioma also resemble less severe respiratory illnesses. Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Painful breathing
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
- Accumulation of fluid around the lungs
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swelling of abdomen
- Pain in the abdomen
- Obstruction of bowels
If you or a loved one suffers from any of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you seek medical attention from a qualified physician to get a proper diagnosis.
Have legal questions? Call a Tucson mesothelioma lawyer for a free consultation.
Occupations That Exposed Workers to Asbestos
There are many different industries that put workers at high risk of asbestos exposure, such as:
- Auto repair
- U.S. Navy
- Mineral excavation
- Petroleum refining
- Metal manufacturing
- Paper and pulp manufacturing
- Electronics manufacturing
- Glass manufacturing
Occupations with a high probability of asbestos exposure include:
- Drywall workers
- Cement workers
- Insulation workers
- Aircraft mechanics
- Motor vehicle mechanics
Contact a Tucson Mesothelioma Attorney for a Free Consultation Today
Talking with a licensed attorney is an important step to take after learning of a mesothelioma diagnosis. We know how difficult it can be to face this disease and we are prepared to help you pursue compensation if you have a viable case. We want to provide the legal support you need to allow you to focus on medical treatment and being with your family.
Phillips Law Group has a proven track record of recovering fair compensation for injury victims, having recovered more than $750 million in compensation in more than 27 years. Founder Jeffrey Phillips is an award-winning attorney who has been lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials.
Speaking to one of our experienced lawyers is free and there is no obligation, so there is no risk to you.