MESOTHELIOMA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT INFORMATION CENTER
Mesothelioma Lawyers - Attorney Resources For Victims
This website is designed for one purpose and that is to bring you the most current links from the best mesothelioma asbestos cancer lawyers in the country. Simply review the relevant links on this page and click for further details about how to seek compensation put your medical bills behind you. Start today by reviewing the information on this site and visiting our sponsors. Don't delay because your condition won't.
How do I join a class action lawsuit?
1. Verify with your doctor that you have mesothelioma or complications resulting from asbestos exposure, and ask the doctor to complete any forms needed for the mesothelioma litigation, as directed by counsel. If your doctor refuses, ask a different specialist until you find one who will help you.
2. Decide whether you want to join a mesothelioma class action lawsuit or sue as an individual. If you choose to sue as an individual, any class action decision you are part of prevents you from proceeding as an individual.
3. Check out Asbestos News, a resource for people suffering from mesothelioma. Information on legal rights and various lawyers conducting class action suits can be found there.
4. Understand how the lawsuit process works. Asbestos.com has a comprehensive site devoted to mesothelioma legal issues. Read the site and find an attorney in your state who is conducting a class action lawsuit.
5. Contact the law firm of choice in your state to join a class action lawsuit for mesothelioma. Be prepared to provide medical records, job records, and other information for the lawyers to determine whether you are eligible for the lawsuit.
How do I find a reputable attorney? Where can I search for pending class action lawsuits that I may potentially join?
Presently, we are working on compling a list of reputable attorneys who either specialize in mesothelioma litigation or those who have had great success with impressive settlements and those whom have received published accolades from their peers or previous clients.
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What can I sue for? What costs are covered?
The main benefit of filing an asbestos related or mesothelioma lawsuit is to recover financial damanges that have arisen due to the asbestos related illness, These include but are not limited to:
---> medical bills and related medical costs
---> lost wages, career advancement
---> costs associated with mesothelioma or other asbestos related illness
*** Punitive Damages - These fines are awarded with the intention of punishing the defendant
Do I need to have Mesothelioma to file suit or join a class action? What if I am not sick yet?
Some states allow for potential victims to to file lawsuits by those who reasonably expect to develop an asbestos related illness such as mesothelioma. Check with your local Counsel or inquire within at the law firm currently representing a class action lawsuit.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis.
How did I get here?
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. It has also been suggested that washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking, but smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
The symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) or chest wall pain, and general symptoms such as weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected with chest X-ray and CT scan, and is confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopic examination. A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsies. It allows the introduction of substances such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (called pleurodesis), which prevents more fluid from accumulating and pressing on the lung. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.
States of Representation
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Litigation - Mesothelioma Class Action Lawsuit History
The first lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers were in 1929. Since then, many lawsuits have been filed against asbestos manufacturers and employers, for neglecting to implement safety measures after the links between asbestos, asbestosis, and mesothelioma became known (some reports seem to place this as early as 1898). The liability resulting from the sheer number of lawsuits and people affected has reached billions of dollars. The amounts and method of allocating compensation have been the source of many court cases, reaching up to the United States Supreme Court, and government attempts at resolution of existing and future cases. However, to date, the US Congress has not stepped in and there are no federal laws governing asbestos compensation.
The first lawsuit against asbestos manufacturers was brought in 1929. The parties settled that lawsuit, and as part of the agreement, the attorneys agreed not to pursue further cases. It was not until 1960 that an article published by Wagner et al. first officially established mesothelioma as a disease arising from exposure to crocidolite asbestos. The article referred to over 30 case studies of people who had suffered from mesothelioma in South Africa. Some exposures were transient and some were mine workers. However prior to 1950 malignant mesothelioma was extremely rare and some experts even questioned its existence. In 1962 McNulty reported the first diagnosed case of malignant mesothelioma in an Australian asbestos worker. The worker had worked in the mill at the asbestos mine in Wittenoom from 1948 to 1950.
In the town of Wittenoom, asbestos-containing mine waste was used to cover schoolyards and playgrounds. In 1965 an article in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine established that people who lived in the neighbourhoods of asbestos factories and mines, but did not work in them, had contracted mesothelioma.
Despite proof that the dust associated with asbestos mining and milling causes asbestos-related disease, mining began at Wittenoom in 1943 and continued until 1966. In 1974 the first public warnings of the dangers of blue asbestos were published in a cover story called "Is this Killer in Your Home?" in Australia's Bulletin magazine. In 1978 the Western Australian Government decided to phase out the town of Wittenoom, following the publication of a Health Dept. booklet, "The Health Hazard at Wittenoom", containing the results of air sampling and an appraisal of worldwide medical information.
By 1979 the first writs for negligence related to Wittenoom were issued against CSR and its subsidiary ABA, and the Asbestos Diseases Society was formed to represent the Wittenoom victims.
In Armley, Leeds, England the J W Roberts asbestos incident involved several court cases against Turner & Newall where local residents who contracted mesothelioma claimed compensation because of the asbestos pollution from the company's factory. One notable case was that of June Hancock, who contracted the disease in 1993 and died in 1997.
All 50 states in the U.S. have mesothelioma class action litigation ongoing. If your state is listed below there is absolutely no reason why you can't start today!
Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming