Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the cells that protect our body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma most commonly affects the lungs (85%) of older adults.[1] Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect early on, and the cancer is aggressive with a poor prognosis. Contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation if you or someone you loved has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Causes of Mesothelioma

The main cause of mesothelioma is prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is the commercial name given to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals.[2] For decades, asbestos has been used for commercial products such as insulation, fire safety products, home building products, etc. The minerals separate into microscopic-sized, easily inhaled particles when handled. The particles attach to the tissue lining the lungs, putting the exposed individual at risk for diseases such as mesothelioma. Most people were exposed to asbestos during occupational work, but the asbestos fibers may attach to the worker’s clothing and lead to secondary exposure of the worker’s family.[3]

Diagnosis and Treatment

Early symptoms of mesothelioma may include but are not limited to[4]

  • A cough lasting three weeks or more
  • Chest pains
  • Unexpected weight loss

A mesothelioma diagnosis requires extensive testing by a doctor. Tests may include x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, clinical evaluation, blood work, and physical exams. Once a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, treatment requires a team of medical professionals to coordinate treatment plans. Doctors involved may include chemotherapy specialists, radiation therapists, surgeons, and nurses, to name a few. It is also important to seek out psychological support for the family during this difficult time as well. The diagnosis and subsequent mesothelioma treatment can be expensive, and Counsel Hound will work to include all medical expenses in your compensation.

Types of Mesothelioma Claims

There are several options for filing an asbestos-related claim:

Personal Injury claims are filed by the patient. Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost income, and the cost of pain and suffering.

Wrongful Death lawsuits are filed by the estate and/or family members after a loved one dies of mesothelioma or asbestosis. Compensation may cover medical expenses and funeral/burial costs in addition to other asbestos-related expenses.

Trust Fund claims utilize the asbestos trust funds that negligent bankrupt companies have created to compensate people harmed by asbestos exposure caused by the company.

VA claims can be filed by veterans exposed to asbestos while serving in the military in any capacity.

Class Action claims have lawyers representing an entire group of affected people rather than individual clients. Members of a class-action lawsuit typically have less control over their case. Compensation is divided among all claimants involved.

Compensation

Mesothelioma can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If you incurred medical expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of your disease, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the disease forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one to mesothelioma, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering as a result of the disease. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.

Why file a Lawsuit?

Filing a mesothelioma claim can help:

  • Victims of asbestos exposure focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical and funeral expenses.
  • Hold manufacturers and companies accountable for asbestos negligence.
  • Encourage other victims of asbestos exposure to seek fair compensation for their injuries.