If you were seriously injured, remember that it is crucial to choose the right law firm to represent your interests. We have been doing this for more than three decades, and have the resources you need to challenge any opponent.
Asbestos victims received a blow with a recent federal court ruling, upholding a lower trial judge’s decision to dismiss the claims of 12 plaintiffs represented by another law firm in a multi-district case for failure to supply extensive and specific exposure histories.
Our mesothelioma attorneys understand this failure was not in compliance with an earlier pre-trial court order. The submissions, the trial court judge ruled, were fatally flawed because they failed to include specifics of how and when the plaintiffs were exposed to the deadly fibers.
Of course, as we recognize, a question like this does not always have a straightforward answer. Because asbestos was so pervasive, particularly in the last century, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exposure that led to the fatal cancer. A person may have been exposed in numerous jobs, or during home renovation projects, working on one’s own vehicle, or by close contact with a spouse or relative who had suffered repeated exposure such that the dust remained on their clothing.
Matters are further complicated by the fact that the disease does not arise automatically. And, in fact, will take decades to be diagnosed. By then, memories fade. Records disappear. Proof of that exposure, even if it is properly recalled, may be difficult to find.
That’s why these cases require attorneys who are experienced and thoroughly dedicated to extensive research before the case ever goes to trial. In most cases, the legal process is lengthy. When you and your family invest time and energy into the process, you need to know that your attorney is going to ask the right questions, have the resources to seek the necessary information and, of course, comply with judicial orders. Our lawyers have been representing these victims successfully for over 25 years.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
Help for mesothelioma victims can be found at The Ferraro Law Firm by calling (888) 554-2030. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
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