Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the protective linings which cover organs in the chest and abdomen. This lining is called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and it often takes decades after the initial exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma occur. This delay means a diagnosis of mesothelioma is a devastating shock for patients and their families.
Key Mesothelioma Facts
- Cancer caused by asbestos
- Forms in the protective linings of organs such as the lungs, heart, or abdomen
- 3,000 new cases per year in the United States
- Often diagnosed at stage 3 or 4
- Requires a mesothelioma specialist for best diagnosis and treatment
- Treatments are aggressive, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma our team of Attorneys can help. Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. for a free case evaluation now.
What Are My Legal Options?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be able to file a lawsuit against asbestos manufacturers, sellers, and providers, submit a claim to an asbestos trust fund, or both. Your options will depend on the details specific to your case.
You may be eligible to receive compensation to cover costly mesothelioma treatments, as well as travel expenses related to these treatments. You may also be able to collect compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses. Although taking legal action cannot erase a diagnosis or bring a loved one back, it can provide financial stability for the patient and their family.
What’s an Asbestos Trust Fund?
The asbestos industry knew for decades that asbestos was dangerous, yet failed to protect their workers and their families. Now that the inherent dangers of asbestos are widely known and asbestos has been banned in products, many asbestos companies have gone out of business and filed for bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy process, many of these companies established asbestos trusts to compensate mesothelioma victims and their families.
Deadlines for Mesothelioma Claims
Unfortunately, mesothelioma claims can only be filed within certain time limitations. Because of mesothelioma’s long latency period, these time limitations are effective from the time of diagnosis, or in the case of a wrongful death lawsuit, from the time of the patient’s death. The time constraint is referred to as the statute of limitations.
The amount of time a patient or relative has to file a claim varies between states. In most cases, the statute of limitations is between one and six years from the time of diagnosis or death. However, in certain places, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is shorter than it is for a personal injury claim. In either case, it’s important to seek out legal representation as soon as you can, so that you don’t miss a chance to receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
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We handle our cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means you will not be required to pay legal fees or expenses unless we recover compensation on your behalf. You will incur no out-of-pocket expenses if you hire Catania & Catania to represent you. If your case is successful, we will receive a fee from your total recovery.