Arkansas Mesothelioma FAQ
Asbestos was heavily used throughout Arkansas workplaces mostly before a rule issued by the EPA in the late 1980s banned most asbestos-containing products. Thousands of workers were exposed to asbestos, and many, later in life, developed mesothelioma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need answers about your right to justice and compensation. Read answers to common questions about mesothelioma in Arkansas, and the process of filing a claim.
What Workplaces in Arkansas Exposed Workers to Asbestos?
Asbestos was used in countless industries throughout Arkansas, including:
- Aluminum manufacturing plants
- Oil and gas industry
- Power plants
- Manufacturing facilities
- Auto salvage operations
- School facilities
- Insulation companies
- Chemical companies
- Demolition companies
How Do I Choose a Law Firm?
Choosing the right lawyer could not be more important. While some law firms are presented in TV or radio ad campaigns, some of these law firms do not serve as the attorneys in the case but pass it on to another firm. At Levy Konigsberg, our experienced litigators have a reputation for legal excellence, and when we take on a case, you can trust that you will have personal counsel, from start to finish.
How Were Aluminum Plant Workers Exposed to Asbestos?
The industrial operations at aluminum manufacturers Alco and Reynolds required work from many tradespeople, including insulators, plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, machinists, engineers, and countless others. When performing work on these job sites, these tradespeople were regularly exposed to asbestos, and were not warned of the risks of inhaling airborne asbestos fibers. Later in life, sometimes decades, some of these workers developed the asbestos-related incurable cancer, mesothelioma.
What Evidence is Needed to Support a Claim?
Your attorney must have the resources to thoroughly investigate the facts in your case, researching the company or companies where asbestos was present, determining whether the business was still operating, filed bankruptcy, or was sold to another party. Many companies that filed bankruptcy were required to establish a trust to pay future claims regarding asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma. It is imperative that once diagnosed with the disease, you retain legal counsel immediately to preserve your right to bring a legal action to pursue compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations in Arkansas allows for only a limited timeframe in which to file legal action, three years from the day you were diagnosed with mesothelioma. The litigators at Levy Konigsberg immediately move into action to preserve evidence, establish the facts regarding exposure to asbestos while the claimant is alive and able to provide information.
What is the Value of a Mesothelioma Case?
Every case is unique in the amount of compensation that is recovered. Mesothelioma has no cure, and those who develop the disease suffer extreme consequences, including pain and suffering, are unable to earn a living, and must undergo medical treatments that often deplete any savings. The companies responsible for the asbestos exposure must be held accountable for these consequences. The value of the case will reflect on the extent of the asbestos exposure against companies that may be sued in a civil lawsuit, how much money is available in various trusts, whether the employer is still in business, and other factors. The first step is to ensure you have legal representation to move forward with your case. A lawsuit and a trust fund claim can both be filed in many cases to hold all responsible parties responsible and increasing the potential value of a claim.
Will My Case Go To Trial?
The majority of mesothelioma cases are resolved without the need to go to trial. However, in some cases, a trial is necessary. Ensure you are represented by a trial attorney with extensive experience presenting a well-documented, professionally prepared, persuasive case in court.
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