Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It can take decades to develop. If you find yourself diagnosed with mesothelioma, asthma, or asbestosis, you may have a mesothelioma case against the manufacturers or your employer. The McLendon Law Firm handles mesothelioma cases as an experienced Atlanta mesothelioma lawyer. Call us today to discuss your situation, and we’ll let you know if we think you have a case. We can be reached at (229) 475-1969 for a confidential consultation.
What Is Asbestos?
Besides being a known cancer-causing agent, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Because it is fire and chemical resistant, it was used frequently in construction. It is also a good conductor of heat and electricity, so it was and is used in electrical products, HVAC units, and our cars.
Asbestos can still be found in more than 3,000 products. Today, it’s mostly used in the construction industry, especially in insulation. However, many of the products we use in our own home contain asbestos; however, the products must contain less than 1%. Some things you can find in your home or office with asbestos include:
- Duct tape
- Some types of flooring
- Ceiling tiles
- Brake pads and shoes
- Roofing materials
- Wire insulation
Previously it could be found in:
- Certain cigarette filters
- Fake snow for Christmas decorations
- Cooking appliances
- Makeup and hygiene products containing talc
Daily exposure to these has been shown to cause asbestos-related diseases, including asthma, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with any of these or know that you had high levels of exposure in the past and are now suffering from symptoms of chronic coughing, sometimes accompanied by blood, chest pain, lung infections, wheezing, or any other lung-related symptoms, you may have an asbestos-related disease and should see a physician for a diagnosis. If your physician does diagnose you with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-linked disease, The McLendon Law Firm can help you pursue compensation, but only if you call us for your free consultation at (229) 475-1969.
Why You May Be Able to Collect Damages for Your Asbestos Exposure
The asbestos industry knew long ago about the dangers associated with their products. In fact, the U.S. is one of few industrialized nations without a complete ban on asbestos products. Lobbyists from the asbestos industry continue to influence government agencies and prevent the total ban. Because the industry knew as far back as the late 19th century about potential dangers and had proof as long ago as the 1920s and did nothing about it, they are negligent, which may make them liable for your illness.
Whether you knowingly worked with asbestos products or had no idea that asbestos was part of your regular work life, if your employer didn’t provide you proper personal protective equipment (PPE), they may also be liable.
When you trust The McLendon Law Firm as your mesothelioma attorney, we will work to ensure you are properly compensated for your illness. Mesothelioma lawsuits fall under either a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit. Much of what you can sue for is the same as any other personal injury or wrongful death suit. We will go after the responsible parties looking for compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Home healthcare and hospice costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Travel expenses for doctor appointments
Let us help you with your mesothelioma claim. Call us for a free consultation at (229) 475-1969.
Not All Victims Worked in the Asbestos or Construction Industries
Although the majority of those who have become sick worked either in asbestos mines or the construction industry, that’s not the only way you could have been exposed. In fact, some people who worked in the mines never developed mesothelioma. Every person is different, and some people who had little exposure became very ill.
Whether you worked directly with asbestos products or not, if you have mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asthma directly related to asbestos exposure, you may have a claim. There have been successful mesothelioma lawsuits by people from all walks of life. For some, simply living in a home with asbestos insulation led to their illness. Others working in the automobile industry became ill. Because the bans on the product weren’t enacted until the 1970’s there are countless ways you may have been exposed.
The Asbestos Company I Worked for Is Bankrupt. What Can I Do?
There are asbestos trust funds for situations like yours. The trust can be named in the suit, and you will be paid from that if we win your case.
I Was Exposed to Asbestos Decades Ago. Is It Too Late to File a Lawsuit?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or a disease associated with asbestos exposure less than two years ago, we can help you, but don’t wait. The statute of limitations is two years from diagnosis.
I’m Too Sick to Do Much for My Case. Is It Too Late?
No. Most mesothelioma cases settle out of court. We will come to you, whether you’re hospitalized or at home to learn about your diagnosis and see if we can help you.
Trust The McLendon Law Firm as Your Atlanta Mesothelioma Lawyer
Today, the use of asbestos is highly regulated throughout the United States. However, it still can be found in countless buildings throughout Atlanta at unsafe levels. If you worked in the asbestos industry or were exposed in the workplace, you need to call The McLendon Law Firm. Our mesothelioma attorneys will learn about your illness and see if we can help you with a mesothelioma claim.
We’re a leading local law practice serving the Atlanta area. You’ll find that we’re highly respected by our former clients and rated as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® for the third straight year. We’re not a large firm, which means we can give your case the personalized and individualized attention it deserves. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation at (229) 475-1969 or fill out our contact form. Se Habla Español.