Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer
Choosing a mesothelioma lawyer can be hard, but, first, we will discuss the symptoms and factors to consider before choosing a mesothelioma lawyer.
Mesothelioma is a rare and incurable cancer caused by inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers for an extensive amount of time. This type of exposure affects the lining of the chest, heart, and/or abdominal cavity.
People suffering from Mesothelioma often experience shortness of breath and chest pain and are usually given a life expectancy of about one year after diagnosis.
Treatments like radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery could prolong this prognosis; however, this disease’s symptoms are known to stay hidden for up to 50 years when it has already started going into advanced stages.
What are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma symptoms appear once the tumors grow and press against the chest wall and/or abdominal cavity. Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Respiratory complications
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Muscle weakness
- Pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
- Night sweats
Asbestos-contaminated products like talc can be found in homes, workplaces, schools, military structures, naval ships, and other places that lead to dangerous exposure. People most at risk for developing this type of cancer are those who have been exposed to large amounts of occupational Asbestos but can also affect the people who live with those affected by Asbestos, like spouses and children.
At-risk occupations could include:
- Textile Mill Workers
- Chimney Sweeps
- Coal Miners
- Military Personnel
- Construction Workers
- HVAC Technicians
Mesothelioma cases are complex and unique, so it is vitally important to obtain counsel who has years of experience and the resources needed to tackle such a challenging issue.
Consideration of Factors in Mesothelioma Cases:
When a person files a Mesothelioma claim, factors that are often considered include how and where the exposure occurred, who was responsible for the exposure, and when the person was diagnosed with the disease. By taking legal action, those affected by Mesothelioma could obtain financial stability and peace of mind by receiving compensation for medical expenses, travel costs related to medical treatments, caregiver expenses, disability caused by the exposure, lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral costs.
If a Mesothelioma victim passes away before the result of the lawsuit is revealed, the claim becomes an asset of the estate, and the deceased’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death suit.
How to find the best Mesothelioma Lawyer:
The best Mesothelioma lawyer will have years of experience handling Asbestos-related lawsuits, have a track record of success, and have extensive knowledge on the issue.
To find an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer, claimants should look for attorneys who know what to expect of Asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma cases. Choosing a firm that will shield their claimants from the legal strain that it can take to gather proof of Asbestos exposure is essential.
A claimant should feel confident in their lawyer, be able to communicate efficiently with them and trust them wholeheartedly in order to work well together. Most lawyers offer free consultations, so claimants should take advantage of this by meeting with multiple lawyers to ask the tough questions and choose the lawyer that they feel the most comfortable with.
Once a claimant chooses their Mesothelioma lawyer, the law firm will get to work. Claimants can expect to be asked questions related to their Asbestos exposure throughout the investigation into the products and companies responsible.
Attorney Pat Jacobs has over 40 years of experience successfully representing injured and disabled individuals throughout the state of West Virginia. Each case gets personal and individual attention to ensure that it is fully investigated and prepared to win.
Sit down with Pat for a free consultation by contacting 800-966-6593 to schedule or fill out our form, and one of our experienced Jacobs Law Office staff members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.