Did you know that if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to substantial compensation? Pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit can result in winning compensation for illnesses caused by asbestos. Our experienced team of mesothelioma lawyers at Napoli Shkolnik can assist you in moving forward with your case. We have the knowledge and resources to help you secure the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Thinking about filing a claim or going to court may sound overwhelming but trusting a skilled mesothelioma attorney can help you with the entire legal process and could get you the result you need; compensation for asbestos-related diseases.
At Napoli Shkolnik, choosing one of our mesothelioma lawyers means they can take you through the whole process step by step, significantly increasing your chances of winning compensation.
What Is Mesothelioma
Stemming of Greek origin, mesothelioma, by definition, refers to the malignant tumor of the mesothelium. In layman’s terms, mesotheliomas refer to a type of cancer occurring in the tissue that covers most of our internal organs (mesothelium), such as the lung cavity. In this type of cancer, mesothelium cells become abnormal and uncontrollably divide, thus invading nearby tissues and other organs.
Mesotheliomas are an aggressive form of cancer, prone to metastasizing from their original location to other body parts. This tendency is one of the reasons why mesotheliomas are notoriously challenging to treat. Mesotheliomas also has a latency period between exposure to asbestos and when symptoms surface. The latency period can be decades long, making diagnosis extremely difficult.
Types of Mesothelioma
Although the majority of mesotheliomas are found in the lung cavity (affecting the lining of the lungs), other types can affect the chest wall (Robinson, 2012), the abdomen lining, and the sac around the heart (Sardar et al., 2012) or the testicles (Panou et al., 2015).
Why Does It Occur
The majority of mesotheliomas are linked to asbestos exposure at a percentage of more than 80%. In the last decade, more than 125 million people around the world have been exposed to asbestos in their work environment, particularly those who:
- mine asbestos
- manufacture products from asbestos
- work with asbestos products (in construction, through their work in the Navy)
- live in the same place with people who are exposed to work-related asbestos
- are construction workers in buildings where asbestos is used
The onset of cancer from asbestos exposure can be as late as 40 years after the exposure showing the build-up capacity of asbestos in the human body. Approximately 3000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma annually, most often around the ages of 65+ being fatal in most cases.
What To Do If Diagnosed
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
In the most common type of mesothelioma -the one affecting the lungs (pleural mesothelioma)- a procedure known as pleurodesis can also prevent fluid from building up around the lungs. The prognosis for mesothelioma patients diagnosed at 65+ is grim, with a 5-year window. This accounts for 8% of mesothelioma patients.
Symptoms of mesothelioma vary according to the body area impacted by the asbestos. Pleural mesothelioma usually manifests with chest pain, painful cough, the abnormal feeling of lumps in the thoracic area, severe weight loss, and shortness of breath.
If you or people you know have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms, you need to see a doctor and inform them of the exposure (years of exposure, exposure site).
How Can A Mesothelioma Lawyer Help
Consulting with a mesothelioma lawyer means that all the legal burden falls on them, and you are not bothered with overwhelming, stressful legal processes. A mesothelioma lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine whether you are eligible for compensation before proceeding with the litigation. In this way, we can ensure that if you are entitled to compensation, you can receive it at the maximum level.
Pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit may sound like an arduous task, given a patient’s condition. Still, it is our mission to obtain the maximum compensation for clients from negligent companies and their dangerous practices.
A mesothelioma lawyer has the essential expertise to determine whether you are eligible for compensation and then guide you through all the financial details of that compensation. This means that you may be entitled to compensation regarding:
- Treatment expenses
- Lost salaries (depending on age)
- Expenses for caregivers, medication, physical therapy
- Funeral expenses
- Psychological support
- Family grief support and financial security
How To File A Claim
The most common types of claims are personal injury and wrongful death. In the first type -personal injury claims- the patient can receive compensation from the asbestos company if the claim is filed within 3 years from the mesothelioma diagnosis.
Relatives of a diseased patient file the wrongful death claim; compensation can be awarded to them if filed within 3 years of the patient’s death.
The third type of claim is a trust fund claim. Many asbestos companies have declared bankruptcy but created asbestos trust funds to compensate patients or their families. Trust funds are established so companies can compensate people diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma while avoiding a lawsuit.
Contact Our Napoli Shkolnik Mesothelioma Lawyers
Seeking compensation for yourself or a loved one due to mesothelioma is a process that needs guidance and experience. Our mesothelioma lawyers can assist you in pursuing compensation and guide you through the lawsuit-filing process.
At Napoli Shkolnik, we have helped thousands of clients in asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death claims. We are here to fight for what you rightfully deserve. Reach out to us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.