How Can a Law Firm Personally Help Mesothelioma Patient?

How Can a Law Firm Personally Help Mesothelioma Patient?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium –– a thin layer of tissue that covers most of our internal organs. In most cases, the tissue surrounding the lungs is affected. However, cases have been reported in which other body organs are affected with this condition. This form of cancer is very aggressive and often proves fatal if it is malignant Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Cases by State

Jurisdiction    
2016 Filing
% of 2016 Filing
2015 Filing
% of 2015 Filing
Madison County, IL
619
28.90%
563
25.77%
New York, NY
184
8.59%
193
8.83%
Baltimore City, MD
182
8.50%
233
10.66%
St. Louis, MO
133
6.21%
108
4.94%
Philadelphia, PA
90
4.20%
93
4.26%
Wayne, MI
86
4.01%
125
5.72%
New Castle, DE
74
3.45%
71
3.25%
Cook County, IL
73
3.41%
95
4.35%
Los Angeles, CA
57
2.66%
39
1.78%
Kanawha, WV
55
2.57%
55
2.52%
Allegheny, PA
50
2.33%
33
1.51%
Middlesex, NJ
46
2.15%
35
1.60%
St Clair, IL
30
1.40%
57
2.61%

Madison County, IL, accounts for the most number of total asbestos and mesothelioma filings in 2016. There is an upward trend (10% increase) in total filings (both asbestos and mesothelioma) in this county from 2015 to 2016. Other jurisdictions which show the same trend for the 2015-16 period are: Los Angeles, CA, Allegheny, PA, and St. Louis, MO. However, two of Illinois’s counties show a downward trend – Cook County shows a 23% and St. Clair County shows a 47% decrease in total filings.

*Statistics are taken from KCIC’s report titled “Asbestos Litigation: 2015 Year in Review”.

Mesothelioma Law Firm
For over four decades, the mesothelioma law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen has limited its practice to asbestos litigation. In that time, ELSM has helped thousands of mesothelioma victims get the financial compensation they deserved for injuries they sustained from asbestos products made and sold by negligent asbestos companies.

Law firms specializing in mesothelioma are different from any other type of law firm. Whereas other firms may specialize in areas like car accidents or nursing home abuse, mesothelioma law firms focus primarily on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. It’s not recommended to retain legal representation from a general practice law firm or even a personal injury firm that specializes in a wide array of injury cases. You’ll need an attorney who specifically specializes in mesothelioma cases, as these types of lawsuits are extremely intricate and require vast, in-depth understanding of asbestos exposure and diseases.

Attorneys at these law firms have knowledge and experience regarding federal and state laws concerning asbestos use and its history in the workforce. They also have sharp investigative skills and are able to dig deep to uncover when and where companies and/or other entities exposed workers to asbestos. Additionally, these law firms are comprised of educated attorneys who understand the legal process involving courts, trials, settlements, and appeals.

How Can a Law Firm Personally Help Mesothelioma Patient?

How Can a Law Firm Personally Help Mesothelioma Patient?

When first getting started, victims usually have a plethora of unanswered questions regarding asbestos and their rights. A good law firm should be able to provide you with following information:

1. Evidence Related to Your Exposure
Once you provide the law firm with your work information, they should be able to investigate and determine how asbestos was used at your workplace. In some cases, they may already have the information available.

2. If You Truly Have an Asbestos Claim
Asbestos law firms understand what’s needed in order to have a true asbestos claim. With this knowledge, they are able to determine how strong your case is and what the estimated chances are that you’ll win. Most attorneys make sure they’re confident in your case before taking it on. Be wary of any attorney who promises to take your case without knowing any of the details or an attorney who claims they can get you an exact amount of compensation before reviewing your case.

3. Your Case Worth
If the firm decides you have an asbestos case, they will then be able to come up with an average figure of how much your case is worth. This is including past expenses, daily expenses, medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, physical suffering, future expenses, and much more. Keep in mind, however, that there is no set formula as to how much your award amount may be. The aforementioned factors, along with other details, such as if your former company has a trust fund set up or not, will also come into play.

4. Who Exactly is Responsible
It can be difficult for the average person to determine who exactly is responsible for exposing victims to asbestos. For example, companies can move, go out of business, hide, suppress relevant information, and change ownerships. In some cases, your former company is responsible, the manufacturer of the asbestos products may be responsible, or supervisors and/or owners may be responsible. In other instances, there may be just one sole responsible entity, yet in a different case, there may be several responsible parties. Remember that part of the law firm’s job is to research, seek out, and determine the entity or responsible parties that are liable for your exposure to asbestos.

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