Asbestos-containing products were widely used in the United States for more than a century. While asbestos has outstanding insulation and fire-proofing properties, exposure to its airborne fibers can cause diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and certain cancers.
Companies that mined and manufactured asbestos products have been aware of the health hazards since the 1920s but avoided alerting the public for decades. As a result, individuals who develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-linked diseases have legal rights to compensation from the companies who disregarded their safety.
Asbestos exposure commonly occurred during work in commercial and domestic construction, especially installing insulation, work in shipyards, and in service aboard ships. Family members of those workers were also exposed to levels of asbestos that often led to their development of deadly diseases.
Mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses are typically slow-growing. Symptoms may first appear decades after initial exposure. By the time a diagnosis is established, the disease may have progressed to the point where the victim may not have much time left.
Now that medical experts know more about the disease and its causes, early detection and diagnosis are becoming more common, giving patients better treatment options and a better quality of life. If you were exposed to asbestos and experience any of the symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer in the thin layer of tissue around your organs. It can impact any organ, but most commonly affects the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. Other types of mesothelioma can develop around the abdomen, heart, and testicles.
Those with mesothelioma in the tissue around the heart often experience arrhythmia and heart palpitations. Other mesothelioma symptoms include fatigue, pain and bloating in the abdomen, muscle weakness, and night sweats.
Other illnesses caused by or linked to asbestos exposure include the following:
CaseyGerry is the oldest personal injury law firm in San Diego. Advocating for injured workers and their families since 1947, the firm is a leading advocate for those suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. CaseyGerry’s asbestos litigation team has helped thousands of people through the claims process.
In 1996, firm partner Frederick Schenk won the largest verdict ever awarded in asbestos litigation in San Diego County at that time. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego voted him Outstanding Trial Lawyer for that asbestos personal injury verdict. Fred was also selected by San Diego Magazine as the best asbestos attorney in San Diego.
If you or a loved one has mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, our experienced mesothelioma lawyers can help. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your right to right to file a claim for compensation. Our attorneys will help to gather evidence and establish facts related to your asbestos exposure.
We will secure the services of medical experts to evaluate your medical condition and offer testimony regarding the cause and extent of your injuries. We take our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis so that you will never pay out of pocket for attorneys’ fees.
Our attorneys have secured more than $25 billion in settlements and trial awards for our injured clients. We pursue maximum compensation for our clients’ damages, which may include lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be available. As mentioned above, many corporate entities were aware of the dangers of asbestos but remained quiet while many were continuously exposed to asbestos for years. In California, punitive damages may be awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct amounted to malice, fraud, or oppression.
If you have lost a loved one due to asbestos-related illness, you may have a right to compensation under a wrongful death claim. Your financial recovery may include the following:
Because of the nature of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses, additional compensation may be available under a survival action. The personal representative of your family member’s estate may file a survival action on behalf of the estate for the losses your loved one suffered before his or her death.
CaseyGerry’s knowledge in asbestos litigation can assist your family in holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligence in failing to protect your health. Our dedicated professionals can take prompt and effective steps to help you and your family through the asbestos claim process. You can reach our firm at (619) 238-1811.