If you or someone you love is dealing with Mesothelioma, you need a trusted lawyer to handle your case.
It seems there are ever-increasing numbers of commercials on TV offering legal support for people who have developed Mesothelioma, but are they legitimate?
Here is the background on this developing situation, and some advice to find attorneys you can trust for your particular circumstances.
Why Are There So Many Mesothelioma Commercials?
Asbestos is a substance that used to be commonly put into building materials before the Environmental Protection Agency put regulations on it. It was identified as dangerous because of the likelihood to cause Mesothelioma in those that came into contact with it. Even though this mostly ended about 30 years ago, cases are still popping up all over the U.S.
The reason for the abundance of Mesothelioma commercials today is because the illness usually doesn’t cause any symptoms in most people for 20 to 50 years.
So, those that were in constant contact with the material 30 years ago are just now starting to see the effects. The number of lawsuits in this field is skyrocketing, and many lawyers want to get in on the multi-million-dollar settlements that have been awarded, hence the commercials.
Which Commercials Can You Trust?
When you see an ad that you think looks credible, start doing some research. Google them, go to their website, check to see if you can get references or results of other cases they’ve fought which concerned Mesothelioma.
Some attorneys will claim to have experience with the illness even if they don’t, just so that they can take a crack at your case. With a little research, you will be able to establish who you can rely on to really help you.
Why Do Attorneys Emphasize Calling Now?
Like many types of cases that make it to the courtroom, Mesothelioma lawsuits are held to a statute of limitations. That is why when you see a commercial, the attorney wants you to call right now.
Even though the range of limitations vary from state to state, you only have between one and six years to file a suit from the time of diagnosis or death.
If you have a family member that passes away from Mesothelioma, you want to get in touch with a lawyer right away if you want the best chance to be awarded damages. Any experienced attorney will know that they are under a strict time limit and he or she will get to work on the case right away.
Who Should be Concerned?
Asbestos was used in the construction industry in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It was in all kinds of building materials including walls, tiling, pipes, insulation, and wiring, among others. For those who worked in that field during that time, it is wise to watch out for symptoms and undergo testing.
Aside from construction professionals, people may have been exposed in the following professions.
- Military servicemen
- refinery workers
- oil company workers
- someone who was employed in a paper mill or brewery
- workers from automotive, metal, and power plants
- shipyard workers
- railroad workers
If you lived with someone that worked in any of these fields, stay vigilant as well. It is common for friends and family members to acquire the illness from the material coming home on clothes, in hair, and under fingernails.
Legal Representation You Can Trust
Get the legal representation that you need from the attorneys at Landry & Swarr. Our lawyers focus solely on asbestos and Mesothelioma cases, so you can be sure we have the knowledge that you are looking for on this topic. Call us for a free consultation at (504) 299-1214 today.