Countless workers who spent their days around military installations or in the automotive, construction, or chemical industries are just now showing the first signs of asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was used for decades as insulation or in building materials, potentially exposing millions of workers to this deadly cancer. Sadly, many doctors and medical professionals estimate that we will see tens of thousands of new cases of mesothelioma in future years.
If you or a loved one had developed an asbestos-related illness, you have the right to recover damages from those responsible for your asbestos exposure. Typically, employees bring an asbestos claim against an employer for the increased exposure to asbestos in the workplace. So far in the United States, injured victims have brought roughly 700,000 asbestos claims against more than 8,000 companies.
Your claim for an asbestos-related illness may be a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim, depending on the circumstances.
Personal injury claim
A personal injury suits is filed on behalf of the person directly impacted by asbestos exposure. This can not only be workers, but their families who were also subject to the secondhand asbestos exposure from their loved one’s clothes and materials. In Washington D.C., you have three years from the date of diagnosis to file your personal injury claim.
Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma have astronomical financial and emotional costs. Because this cancer is almost always fatal, it leaves behind a grieving, angered family who are now, in many cases, without a primary source of income.
Damages in a personal injury asbestos claim may be awarded for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Lost prospects
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful death claim
If your loved one dies because of an asbestos-related illness, you can file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties responsible. The claim must be filed on behalf on the family members of the victim’s estate.
In a wrongful death claim, the following will be taken into consideration when determining damages:
- Medical bills and services
- Necessary care and assistance
- Comfort and emotional support
To obtain compensation for you and your family, the law office of Brown | Gould | Kiely, LLP, experienced asbestos cancer attorneys, will conduct extensive research to determine who is legally responsible. A number of mesothelioma cases never see the courtroom; they end in settlement with the responsible parties.
Rest assured that we have years of experience negotiating as well as litigating, and will be able to obtain fair damages for you and your family. Please contact the law office of Brown | Gould | Kiely, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for a free initial consultation.
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