Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma and other serious conditions demand skilled representation

It's important to talk to an experienced North Carolina injury lawyer if you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of mesothelioma. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have experience helping people facing all sorts of challenges. Call 1-866-900-7078 to see if we can help.

Mesothelioma occurs due to exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may develop years after exposure, which is one of the reasons why lawyers are handling new cases today. Asbestos was identified as a hazardous substance and has not been used in construction or manufacturing for many years. Workers today still face a risk of exposure when they renovate older structures.

Workers may develop mesothelioma by breathing asbestos fibers, which enter the lungs and may contribute to a variety of ailments. When asbestos fibers enter the lungs, the fibers can cause or contribute to any number of ailments, including mesothelioma. Insurance companies, however, may try to reduce your compensation or deny a claim altogether. Mesothelioma injury cases can be complex. You also face timelines to file a claim (known as the statute of limitations).

Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers can help guide you through the workers' compensation process. Talk to us today for a confidential and free case evaluation and conversation.

Types of occupations with asbestos exposure risks

Jobs in which asbestos exposure has been an issue:

  • Pipe fitters
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Construction workers
  • Welders
  • Electricians

A closer look at mesothelioma

Mesothelioma (me-zo-thee-le-O-muh) is a rare cancer of the thin lining surrounding the lung (pleural membrane) or abdominal cavity (the peritoneum). According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.

The primary risk factor is exposure to friable (loose or crumbling) asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been commonly used in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of products, mostly in building materials, automobile parts, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings. Industries where people are most likely to be exposed to friable (loose or crumbling) asbestos fibers include:

  • Auto part manufacturing and repair
  • Building material manufacturing (particularly insulation)
  • Construction, renovation and demolition
  • Gas mask manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Railroad work
  • Textile manufacturing

How mesothelioma affects workers' family members

Studies have shown that family members of workers who have developed mesothelioma have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma compared to the general population. One study has suggested that about half of all cases of mesothelioma in women may be due to household contact. This happens because workers who are exposed to asbestos can bring these fibers home in their hair, skin and clothing, where they can be transmitted through such actions as touching and hugging. In addition, asbestos-laden clothing is often laundered along with the other family clothing, thereby contaminating these clothes as well. Since 1972, the law has required that asbestos workers shower and change their clothes before leaving the workplace, which has resulted in lower exposure levels in family members.

Mesothelioma is a slow developing cancer. It can take 30 years or more for mesothelioma to develop as a result of asbestos exposure. This increases the difficulty of early detection.

How our law firm may be able to help

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help. Our experienced attorneys understand the financial, physical and emotional trauma that accompanies a product liability claim.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin work on a contingency fee arrangement. That is another way of saying that the attorney's fee is based on a percentage of the gross recovery. While a case may have fees and costs associated with it, there is no hourly or flat fee charged by the firm. Simply put, if you do not recover compensation from your claim, there is no attorney's fee. This allows the firm to bear the burden of investigating and pursuing your claim, which allows you to focus on your well being.

Sources:

  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry.
  • MayoClinic.com

Now is the time to take action — Contact our law firm for assistance

Workers' compensation cases can be complicated. Knowing what to do can be confusing. We may be able to help. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

Let an experienced North Carolina mesothelioma lawyer assist you with your workers' compensation claim. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to discuss your potential claim. Call 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online.

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