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Facts About Mesothelioma and Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you've been injured in an accident or on the job, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to hold the party responsible for your injury accountable.

Last Updated: 01-10-2024
Written by: Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach

ugly photo of what is supposed to represent cancerMesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lungs and chest cavity. It develops due to exposure to asbestos. A fibrous mineral commonly used as an insulator in buildings and houses between 1930 and 1950. Tiny particles of asbestos get trapped in the lungs when one inhales the air that has been contaminated by it. That leads to mesothelioma and lung disease. Get the facts about Mesothelioma today so you or your loved one can receive just compensation.

Facts about Mesothelioma from the Mesothelioma Center

According to information from the Mesothelioma Center, asbestos is not banned in the United States but is highly regulated today by four organizations. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

The individuals who are most likely to have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace are men over 60 due to the time asbestos was used and the environment in which it was used. Generally, construction workers, miners, military members, firefighters, and shipbuilders are the most at-risk populations for mesothelioma because of their work environments and the materials they come into contact with. 

If you are concerned that you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and want to file a personal injury claim to get compensation, it is advisable to hire an attorney who is well-versed in asbestos cases. A personal injury lawyer who can file a suit can help you win compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

Personal injury or wrongful death claims due to asbestos exposure

Mesothelioma cases are usually filed as a personal injury against a company or an individual unless the original claimant dies due to illness. Then the family can turn their personal injury claim into a wrongful death suit. The compensation received from a successful wrongful death claim will be less than what would have been won through a personal injury claim. This is because personal injury assumes ongoing medical treatment. 

Steps in a personal injury lawsuit

Hiring a personal injury attorney will be key to winning your case and successfully navigating the many steps of the judicial system. These are the basic steps of a personal injury lawsuit you can expect to encounter. Though most asbestos cases are settled out of court. 

  1. Building Your Case
  2. Filing the Case
  3. Responses
  4. Discovery
  5. Settlement or Trial
  6. Appeal

If you need to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim because you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos, contact our skilled asbestos exposure attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

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