When Mesothelioma Strikes the Unsuspecting Victim
You never worked in construction. You never renovated your house. You never worked in any industrial trade whatsoever, and neither did members of your family. A diagnosis of mesothelioma can be devastating and utterly confusing with such a background. Mesothelioma is a signal tumor for asbestos exposure – something patients learn from their physicians upon diagnosis. Trained professionals and investigators can help uncover the sources of exposure and witnesses, who can contribute information and testimony, in order to help you and your family receive compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages mesothelioma causes.
Asbestos exposure can occur from living in an area where construction, mining, or industrial activities released asbestos into the immediate surrounding community. There are numerous cases where people living very near industrial plants have been exposed to toxic levels of asbestos. Moreover, many of the companies that produced asbestos products chose to “dispose of” or “donate” asbestos-containing materials to the surrounding communities to be used as landfill, or paving material. This was the case in the West Bank of New Orleans where a Johns Manville asbestos cement pipe factory “donated” left-over asbestos cement pieces for that community to use as a substitute for buying gravel for their driveways.
The Environmental Protection Agency has also identified hundreds of industrial sites nation-wide that received and processed vermiculite contaminated with asbestos that originally came from the mines in Libby, Montana.
Often, processing activities related to vermiculite released asbestos into the immediate vicinity of these plants, with little knowledge of the surrounding community. The victims of such exposure may know little to nothing about how they were being exposed to asbestos from such activities.
Office support personnel and even food workers serving other workers at industrial or automotive sites can be exposed from their daily work activities requiring them to be in constant and close contact with workers using asbestos-containing materials. By thoroughly researching your and your family’s work background and living circumstances, the attorneys and investigators at LK can help to determine the source of your exposure and help you and your loved ones get the compensation they deserve.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.