Expectations For My Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Asbestos was a popular building material up until the late 1970s, before the majority of the public was made aware of its dangers. Properties of asbestos like sound absorption and fire resistance made it the default choice for roofing in many homes. The fact is that asbestos is a toxic substance that is responsible for one of the worst forms of cancer.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lungs and abdomen. Symptoms include shortness of breath, crackling in the chest cavity, weight loss, a dry cough, and a bloody cough. Mesothelioma is incredibly difficult to detect early, as its symptoms do not become relevant until decades after exposure. By the time a diagnosis is made, it may be too late to take any curative measures.
Who is at risk of Mesothelioma?
People who have worked in the construction business,steel industries, and shipyards are at a greater risk of asbestos exposure. This is due to the fact that asbestos was readily used in many construction and manufacturing work sites previous to the ban in the 1970s.
When should I file a suit?
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma, contact a firm that specializes in handling mesothelioma cases. Talking to a mesothelioma attorney should be your first course of action if you believe you have a case.
What will a lawsuit cost you?
A consultation with a West Virginia mesothelioma lawyer or a Pennsylvania mesothelioma attorney is free. Consider talking with an experienced mesothelioma attorney that will offer you a free consultation. This will allow you to speak with a professional who can tell you whether or not you have a case, and what your next steps are.
Most lawyers will only take compensation if your case is won and are compensated for damages or wrongful death. If you lose the case, there will not be any charge.
What is the statute of limitations on such cases?
There are cases where people have lost out on filing a case because they did not file a suit in the allotted amount of time by law. When the statute of limitations runs out, loved ones are left without recourse to recover for the damage done by asbestos exposure.
Each state has its statute of limitations on mesothelioma cases. The statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death can vary depending on the state. In Pennsylvania and West Virginia you have two years from the date of diagnosis to file a lawsuit. In both states you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death case however, in Pennsylvania you must have filed a lifetime claim within the two-year period in order to be able to file a wrongful death claim within two years of the death.
How much can I be compensated for?
There is no rule as to how much a settlement will be. In the past, client compensation amounts have ranged from $1 million to more than $4 million. Amounts are dependent on damage, duration of exposure, years of exposure, products exposed to, products identified at the work site, and the medical evidence.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos while at the workplace and are now dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis, make sure to contact the experienced attorneys at Goldberg, Persky & White. Our attorneys are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Call us today to speak with our experts.