At the Locks Law Firm, our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey mesothelioma and personal injury attorneys have pioneered asbestos and workplace exposure litigation. Our team of 23 mesothelioma lawyers has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients throughout the tri-state area. If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills (both past and future) and pain and suffering.
We handle mesothelioma claims involving asbestos products and occupational asbestos exposures. Below we have compiled a list of common questions you may have if you have suffered because of exposure to asbestos. For additional information, contact our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey offices and schedule a lawsuit consultation and evaluation.
What causes mesothelioma?
The principal cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber widely used in the early to mid–twentieth century by manufacturers and builders. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can travel deep into the lungs. The fibers accumulate and irritate the mesothelial tissue that lines the organ-containing cavities of the body. Over time, the constant irritation can cause mesothelioma to develop.
How much asbestos exposure can result in mesothelioma?
Though typically it takes years of continued asbestos exposure to cause health problems, significant evidence shows that even low to moderate exposure to asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Since these illnesses often take years, even decades, to manifest, it is hard to gauge original levels of exposure. Researchers believe that in some cases, victims suffered asbestos exposure below what current OSHA standards permit.
Who is at risk for asbestos exposure?
Those at greatest risk for asbestos exposure are people who worked in the asbestos, construction, and shipbuilding industries. Millions of other people have suffered exposure to asbestos due to use of or exposure to the 3000 products known to contain asbestos.
How long after exposure to asbestos will mesothelioma appear?
Because the latency period (the time between exposure to asbestos fibers and the appearance of the disease's symptoms) for mesothelioma may range from 15 to 50 years, victims who were exposed to products containing asbestos decades ago may only now be experiencing the harmful effects.
What is the typical prognosis for those diagnosed with mesothelioma?
The prognosis for a patient with mesothelioma is determined by many factors, including the stage, size, and location of the tumor, the type of mesothelioma cells, and the patient's overall health. Generally, the life expectancy of patients with advanced mesothelioma is one to two years.
What should people do if diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease?
Victims should follow all of their doctors' instructions. Because victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, they should also contact our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey offices for a lawsuit consultation with the attorneys of Locks Law Firm.
Does the law limit how long victims have to pursue justice?
Yes, individual states have statutes of limitations that limit how much time victims have to initiate legal action. A lawyer can help ensure all deadlines are met and that you are fully informed. Contact the Locks Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.
Contact Our Mesothelioma Attorneys
Our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey mesothelioma attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to obtain the maximum compensation possible if you or a loved one has been injured because of exposure to asbestos. They will protect your rights and provide expert guidance through the legal process.
The Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey attorneys provide skillful lawsuit representation to clients throughout the tri-state area. Schedule a consultation today for a complimentary personal injury or wrongful death case evaluation and review.