If You or a Loved One has Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma, You May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation. Our Lawyers Handle Mesothelioma Cancer Claims Nationwide.
The Mayo Clinic describes mesothelioma as, “an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.” It goes on to state that while treatments are available, “for many people with mesothelioma, a cure isn’t possible.” Each year, thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma; and, while some patients are able to manage their symptoms, many experience life-altering or fatal complications.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos—a type of silicate mineral that was previously used in a variety of residential and commercial construction applications. The use of asbestos has all but ended in the United States as a result of the risk of mesothelioma, but many buildings constructed prior to 1977 still contain dangerous levels of asbestos.
Who Is Liable for Your (or Your Loved One’s) Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma cancer claims can potentially target a number of different companies. When you contact Oberheiden Law, our lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case in order to determine what company is liable for your (or your loved one’s) diagnosis. Depending on the circumstances, this can potentially include:
- An Employer – The risks associated with asbestos exposure were well known prior the federal government’s ban of asbestos-containing construction materials in 1977. Yet, many construction companies continued to have their employees work with asbestos-containing materials. Subsequent to 1977, many employers have failed to provide their employees with the necessary safety equipment in order to prevent exposure when working in older buildings.
- An Asbestos Product Manufacturer – Companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products can still be held liable for mesothelioma diagnoses as well. While some of these companies are no longer in existence, in many instances they were required to establish trusts to ensure that compensation remains available to future claimants.
- A Property Owner – Owners of buildings that contain asbestos have legal obligations under certain circumstances. If you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos at a property where the owner had an obligation to notify you of the risk or provide adequate protections and failed to do so, then the owner may be liable for your family’s losses.
- Your Doctor – While it can take years or decades for mesothelioma to take hold, once it does, it can spread through the body quickly. This makes promptly diagnosing mesothelioma extremely important. If a doctor failed to timely diagnose your or (or your loved one’s) mesothelioma, then you could potentially have a medical malpractice claim in addition to one or more of the claims discussed above.
How Long Do You Have to File a Mesothelioma Cancer Claim?
At this point, there is a well-established body of case law surrounding mesothelioma cancer claims. As a result, issues regarding the timing for mesothelioma cancer claims have largely been resolved. In most jurisdictions, the courts have ruled that the statute of limitations runs from the date that the victim learned or should have learned about his or her diagnosis. So, even if it has been decades since you or your loved one was last exposed to asbestos, there is a good chance that our lawyers can still help you file a claim.
What Compensation is Available to Mesothelioma Patients and Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Mesothelioma?
The types of compensation that are available in mesothelioma cases are similar to those that are available in other types of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Mesothelioma patients can recover compensation for their medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other financial and non-financial losses. Families who have lost loved ones can generally seek the same types of damages, although laws vary somewhat from state to state.
Due to the significant effects of mesothelioma, generally speaking, the compensation available to individuals and families is substantial. At Oberheiden Law, we can use our experience to accurately calculate your losses, and we will fight to make sure you receive the largest possible settlement or verdict.
Speak with a Mesothelioma Lawyer about Your Case
We handle all mesothelioma cases on a contingency-fee basis; and, instead of the industry-standard 33% contingency fee, we only charge 25% of our clients’ recoveries. Of course, your initial consultation is completely free, and one of our lawyers will be happy to discuss your case with you in confidence. To schedule an initial consultation at Oberheiden Law, call us at 866-376-4871 or tell us about your situation online today. Our attorneys are conducting initial consultations by phone and video for your protection during the COVID-19 crisis.