Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can count on West Law Firm for help. Our dedicated and skilled team will investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you truly deserve. Today, we want to answer some of your questions about mesothelioma cases.
How Does A Person Get Mesothelioma?
Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma. The most common type of exposure to asbestos is through inhalation of white asbestos powder. It is estimated that more than 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the US.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that around 28 million people were exposed to asbestos exposure in the workplace between 1940 and 1970. Despite efforts to limit asbestos, workers are still exposed to it often. People can also suffer from secondary exposure.
Airborne asbestos particles are inhaled and can get lodged in a person’s respiratory tract. Over time, these particles form scar tissue, increasing the chances of a person getting mesothelioma.
Do I Need A Lawyer For My Case?
You need to know that mesothelioma cases can become complex. The process of proving you were exposed to asbestos can be difficult. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation, including:
- Gathering your work history (or family member’s work history if this is a secondary exposure case).
- Getting an employer’s safety records.
- Hiring workplace safety experts to testify on your behalf.
- Getting your evaluated by a trusted medical professional.
- Securing expert medical witnesses to testify on your behalf.
What Is An Asbestos Trust Fund?
Many companies that face mesothelioma claims go bankrupt. Mesothelioma trust funds are established on behalf of these companies to set aside money for future asbestos claims. These trust funds protect victims who truly deserve compensation for what has happened to them.
What If My Loved One Died From Mesothelioma?
If your loved one has passed away from mesothelioma before their asbestos lawsuit comes to a conclusion, their loved ones can still pursue the lawsuit. If your loved one has died from mesothelioma, but a lawsuit was never started, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Please speak to our West Virginia mesothelioma attorney about your particular case.
Can I Recover Significant Damages For What Has Happened?
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may be able to recover significant damages. At West Law Firm, we have the experience you need to take your claim forward. Let us investigate what has happened to you and work to recover the following compensation:
- Your past, current, and future medical expenses related to the illness
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the people responsible
If you are pursuing a wrongful death claim due to the loss of a loved one from mesothelioma, common damages include:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of comfort, guidance, and advice
- Funeral and burial expenses
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