KENTUCKY Mesothelioma Lawyers Helping Asbestos Victims in KY
FRANKFORT, Kentucky – Mesothelioma lawyers from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Kentucky mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
Due to the presence of numerous industrial employers throughout Kentucky, insulators, steel workers, pipefitters, laborers, plumbers, machinists, oven operators, powerhouse workers, mechanics and many other trades were routinely exposed to asbestos. Each year, approximately three thousand men and women across the country, including many in Kentucky, are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive asbestos cancer.
Kentucky residents have been exposed to asbestos at industrial facilities, mechanic shops, assembly plants, chemical plants, power plants and steel plants. Numerous independent contractors were also exposed to asbestos from their work at many of these facilities. Many of these asbestos exposure sites are located in and around the Kentucky portion of the Ohio Valley. However, the asbestos problem in Kentucky was pervasive, throughout the entire state. Many asbestos exposure sites were located in West Virginia and Ohio, where Kentucky citizens would commute daily to their places of employment. Many people in Kentucky also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as automotive work and home renovations, or from “second-hand asbestos exposure,” which occurred when work clothes contaminated with asbestos were worn home.
Kentucky – Ohio Valley worksites where most of asbestos exposure in KY occurred:
- Allied Chemical (Ashland, KY)
- American Electric Power (Louisa, KY)
- American Water Works & Electric Company (Lexington, KY)
- Armco/AK Steel (Ashland, KY)
- Ashland Oil (Ashland, KY)
- Ashland Steel (Ashland, KY)
- Atomic Energy Commission Plant – AEC (Paducah, KY)
- B.F. Goodrich (Calvert, KY)
- Burnside Power Plant (Lexington, KY)
- Commercial Incinerators, Inc. (Georgetown, KY)
- DuPont (Louisville, KY)
- Fort Campbell Army Base (Fort Campbell, KY)
- Fort Knox (Louisville, KY)
- General Electric (Louisville KY
- GAF (Calvert, KY)
- General Motors (Bowling Green, KY)
- IBM (Lexington, KY)
- John Graves Memorial Hospital (Georgetown, KY)
- Lorillard Company (Lexington, KY)
- Louisville Firebrick (Louisville, KY)
- Louisville Gas & Electric Plant (Louisville, KY)
- Marathon Oil (Ashland, KY)
- McNally Manufacturing Corporation (Wheelright, KY)
- Ohio Foundry and Manufacturing (Louisville, KY)
- Owensboro Municipal Utilities (Owensboro, KY)
- Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation (KY)
- Procter and Gamble (Lexington, KY)
- Paradise Steam (Paradise, KY)
- Reynolds Metals Paint (Louisville, KY)
- Ross Brothers (Ashland, KY)
- Sandy Power (Louisa, KY)
- Shawnee Power Plant (Paducah, KY)
- Shell (Belpre, OH)
- Texas Gas Transmission Plant (Paducah, KY)
- TVA Power (Drakesboro, KY)
- TVA Steam (Paducah, KY)
- University of Kentucky Hospital (Lexington, KY)
If you or your loved one are a Kentucky resident or were exposed to asbestos in KY or the Ohio Valley, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry on this website to receive a FREE consultation with a Kentucky mesothelioma lawyer at Levy Konigsberg LLP.Kentucky Mesothelioma FAQ
I Have Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma. How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been medically diagnosed with mesothelioma, under the Kentucky statute of limitations allows you only one year from the date of diagnosis to file a claim. Once that year has passed, you are likely forever barred from the right to file a lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable. For wrongful death cases filed after the death of a loved one from mesothelioma, you have one year from the date of death to file.
My Kentucky Employer Was Responsible for Asbestos Exposure – What Do I Do?
If your employer was responsible for the asbestos exposure and you later developed an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, you can seek benefits through the workers’ compensation system. If the exposure was the result of working with products manufactured by a third party, a lawsuit could be filed against that company, but will require proof that you worked with asbestos-containing products produced by that company.
Is It Financially Worthwhile to File a Claim for Mesothelioma?
The money recovered in a settlement or jury award in court can help support your spouse and other family members after you pass away. At Levy Konigsberg, we take on mesothelioma cases on a contingency fee basis. You or your family owe us nothing unless we win for you.
Why is the Asbestos Industry Required to Pay Victims of Asbestos-Related Diseases?
It has already been proven that these companies were aware of the risks of asbestos as early as the 1920s and 1930s, decades before warnings were issued by some companies in the 1970s. It has been discovered that false information about the safety of asbestos persuaded consumers and others to purchase more of these dangerous products. Many of these companies, some of which are still operating and very profitable, willingly negotiate settlements with victims.
I Was Exposed Decades Ago – How Do I Prove It?
Mesothelioma takes many years from the time of exposure to develop. Documenting where the exposure occurred will require evaluating your work history to identify the liable parties. It may have been an earlier employer, a third-party manufacturer, or you may have been exposed at home when a loved one carried asbestos fibers home on clothing and shoes after work. At Levy Konigsberg, we have extensive experience litigating mesothelioma claims, and can quickly advise you regarding how to move forward and seek justice and fair compensation.
Do Law Firms Advertising on TV Actually Represent Victims of Mesothelioma?
It may surprise you, but some firms that run constant TV ads do not actually represent victims of mesothelioma. They collect “leads” and pass them on to another law firm, for some amount of money. At Levy Konigsberg, we litigate our cases, and have an extensive record of favorable outcomes, both in settlements and at trial.
Are All Mesothelioma Claims Paid the Same Amount?
A mesothelioma claim may result in a very high settlement when the responsible company is still operating and viable, and detailed proof of exposure can be found and preserved. Other cases may be paid less, particularly if there is little proof that a specific company was responsible for the asbestos exposure. Every case must be valued on an individual basis.
Can I Get Benefits from Workers’ Compensation for Mesothelioma?
The workers’ compensation system was put in place to protect employers and employees. The employee is eligible for benefits for job-related illness and injuries. The system also bars employees from filing lawsuits against an employer, except in some rare cases. While the benefits paid can be helpful, it is usually a fairly low dollar amount. In these cases, it can be helpful to identify any negligent third parties, such as companies that manufactured or sold asbestos-containing products, or installed asbestos materials in a factory or other facility. When identified, a third-party lawsuit can be filed.
ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering,
and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income.
Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments,
many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to
pay for the medical expenses of their family member.
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.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
- 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.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline at (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
NOTE: We have offices located in New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Washington, and Maryland. Many of our mesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
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