Gretna Mesothelioma Lawyer
In the past, many people were exposed to asbestos through the workplace. As a result, many workers developed mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the membranes of certain organs. Many people also developed lung cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestos manufacturers knew asbestos was dangerous but failed to protect workers. Many companies that used products made of asbestos also knew about the dangers but did not protect workers.
While some asbestos products are banned, many are not. There are thousands of products that contain asbestos, including automotive parts, adhesives, appliances, chalkboards, electrical products, heating and cooling system components, flooring products, roofing products, wall products, and paints.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer with a low survival rate. If you or a loved one has been affected, contact the Gretna mesothelioma lawyer at Palazzo Law Firm. We’ll assess your case and help you understand the next steps.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is defined as cancer of the mesothelium, which is the membrane surrounding major organs. It typically affects the lungs, stomach, and heart. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that is hard to diagnose. By the time a person is diagnosed, survival rates are low, even with treatment.
Exposure to Asbestos
Asbestos-related illnesses do not present themselves right away. A person may not even know they have been exposed to it until decades later, when they develop mesothelioma.
Exposure to asbestos most commonly occurs when asbestos is disturbed. The fibers are released into the air and then inhaled, but asbestos fibers are invisible and there are no immediate symptoms to alert you that you have ingested them. The body cannot expel these fibers, so they lodge deep in the tissues until they eventually cause mesothelioma and other severe illnesses.
Workers with the highest levels of asbestos exposure include:
- Military personnel
- Miners of asbestos or talc
- Factory workers
- Construction workers
- Shipyard workers
- Boiler workers
- Auto mechanics
Because asbestos fibers can stay on clothing, it is possible that family members may have been exposed to asbestos as well.
Settlement or Verdict?
A mesothelioma lawsuit may result in a settlement or a verdict. A settlement is an agreement between all the parties involved. Settlements can occur at any time during the process — before, during, or even after a trial.
A verdict, on the other hand, is a decision made by a judge or jury in court, at the end of a trial. The decision determines a company’s asbestos liability.
Mesothelioma awards often exceed $1 million. Accepting a settlement by an asbestos company provides guaranteed compensation. By accepting a settlement, the lawsuit ends. Those who win at trial usually receive higher awards than those who settle, but they also risk receiving no compensation if they lose.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Mesothelioma cases can be complex due to liability issues. Make sure you have the right legal help on your side.
The team at Palazzo Law Firm can provide you with aggressive representation. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced Gretna mesothelioma lawyer today. Fill out the online form or call 504-433-1442.