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Mesothelioma is an especially aggressive form of cancer. It is painful, but even worse, it is often caused by someone else’s negligence. Many cases of mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to toxic substances, you might have a legal claim to compensation.

The experienced Los Angeles mesothelioma attorneys at our award winning personal injury law firm are here to help. Our legal team has experience handling personal injury, toxic tort, and workplace exposure claims. What follows are the answers to some common questions our toxic tort lawyers get asked about mesothelioma.

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What Is Mesothelioma?

The mesothelium is a layer of body tissue that surrounds many critical organs. Mesothelioma is any cancer that grows in this tissue. It can grow in the tissue around the lungs, which is known as pleural mesothelioma. The Mayo Clinic reports that patients might show symptoms of chest pain, painful coughing, shortness of breath, or even lumps under the skin of the chest.

Mesothelioma can also grow in the lining of the abdomen. This condition is called peritoneal mesothelioma, and it is usually identified by pain or swelling in the abdomen. In rare cases, mesothelioma can even grow in the lining around the heart, called pericardial mesothelioma. There are many secondary diseases that a person can develop as a result of mesothelioma.

Pleural mesotheliomas can contribute to fluid buildup in the lungs or even collapsed lungs. Patients might also develop infections in the affected area of the body. Pain and discomfort are almost universal in these cases, which, in turn, causes many patients to experience anxiety and depression. If a defendant is legally responsible for causing your mesothelioma, they are also responsible for conditions that occur as a result of the cancer.

Who Is At Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?

According to the Mayo Clinic, asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma. Genetics play a role, and you might also be at increased risk from radiation exposure, but these cases are rarer than mesotheliomas caused by asbestos exposure. A person can be exposed to asbestos in certain high-risk jobs.

Building codes have banned asbestos for many decades now, but it is still possible to be exposed to asbestos in an older home. And even if you personally have not been exposed to asbestos, you could develop mesothelioma simply by living with someone who works with asbestos on a regular basis.

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Who Is Legally Responsible for Mesothelioma?

Not all cancer cases give rise to a personal injury lawsuit. Mesothelioma is different because it is highly correlated with asbestos exposure, making it easier to prove who is legally responsible for causing your cancer. What follows are some of the most common defendants in a mesothelioma lawsuit.
An Employer

Certain jobs are known to carry a high risk of asbestos exposure, which is why PSHA has enacted regulations to protect workers from asbestos exposure in the workplace. Shipyards, construction sites, and manufacturing plants can all have asbestos present. The electricians, plumbers, demolition workers, pipefitters, and shipyard workers who work there are known to have higher rates of mesothelioma.

Older homes can also have asbestos, which is especially dangerous for remodelers who must remove old materials like insulation. (For many years, home insulation was made of asbestos because it is fireproof.) Finally, miners also have a high rate of asbestos exposure. If you have ever worked in one of these fields prior to developing mesothelioma, be sure to contact a lawyer about your legal rights.

Manufacturers of Household Products

It might surprise you to learn that there is no widespread ban on asbestos in the United States. The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the European Union have all banned asbestos. American consumers have been receiving warnings about the dangers of asbestos since the 1970s, but even today, asbestos can be found in certain consumer products.

EPA regulations and state laws have helped to reduce this problem. Still, some manufacturers try to cut costs by using harmful asbestos in their manufacturing processes or final products. It is important for consumers to hold them accountable for these actions in order to protect other innocent victims from developing mesothelioma.

Asbestos is common in home building materials, such as:

  • Roofing products
  • Siding
  • Electric wiring
  • Paint
  • Cement
  • Insulation
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Boilers
  • Caulking
  • Ceiling tiles
Children can even be exposed to asbestos at school. Older buildings, especially in underfunded school districts, can have asbestos in the building materials. Even chalkboards can contain asbestos. Because mesothelioma in children is rare, it is important to consult with an attorney experienced in mesothelioma torts if your child were to unfortunately develop this especially aggressive cancer.
The Government

Certain military members are also exposed to asbestos in the course of their official duties. During World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, asbestos was used widely on a large range of military equipment. Aircraft, ships, tanks, and trucks were all fireproofed using asbestos materials. Even today, military members may be exposed to asbestos in other countries with looser regulations about dangerous materials.

Some estimates say that nearly one out of every three mesothelioma claims is filed by a military veteran. The VA has set disability benefit amounts for veterans suffering from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a 100 percent disability rating, and the monthly benefit will depend on how many dependents you have.

This disability is not the only compensation that can be paid. It is also possible to sue the manufacturer of a product that was sold to the military without adequate asbestos disclosures. If the military member dies from mesothelioma, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim. This claim is generally filed against the manufacturer of the asbestos product, not the military or U.S. government.

What Am I Owed for a Mesothelioma Case?

For most clients, the most important question is how much they are owed for a mesothelioma case. Like other personal injury cases, victims are entitled to specific compensation for specific losses.
Lost Wages
Most cancer patients will lose at least some time from work as a result of their disease. Many are unable to return to work at all. Whether you are out of work for a day, a month, or a year because of your illness, you are entitled to compensation for the wages you would have earned during those absences. You can also be compensated for overtime, bonuses, commissions, and other discretionary pay, so long as your lawyer can prove that you would have earned this income but for your mesothelioma.
Medical Bills
The medical bills for any type of cancer can be astronomical. If a company was legally responsible for causing your cancer, it is also legally responsible for paying your medical bills, including diagnosis, chemo or radiation, consultations with specialists, coordination of care with your primary care doctor, follow up visits, and ongoing screening to see if the cancer has come back. (In military cases, this medical care is provided through the V.A.)
Pain and Suffering
You are also entitled to compensation for your intangible losses, including physical pain and discomfort, emotional suffering, missing out on major life events, and other losses that cannot be easily valued with a receipt. These losses are collectively referred to as your “pain and suffering“. As you can imagine, the pain and suffering associated with aggressive cancer is significant. Many patients are awarded compensation for their shortened life expectancy. This grim loss reflects the true level of emotional pain associated with mesothelioma.
Future Losses

Because mesothelioma claims have set statutes of limitation, you might continue to suffer financial losses even after your case is over. Medical treatment can continue for years. You might never be able to return to work, and the physical pain is certainly not over just because your legal case is. Victims are entitled to compensation for their future losses.

Your attorney can hire expert witnesses to estimate the value of your future medical expenses and your lost wages in the years to come. Lost wages include the value of employment benefits, such as an employer’s contributions to health insurance premiums or retirement accounts.

Our skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyers know how to use expert witnesses effectively in order to prove to a jury the value of your future losses. Personal injury claims are very specific to each unique situation. Every person experiences pain differently. Cancer affects each patient differently, and your case is not exactly like anyone else’s.

It is important to prove the specific losses you have suffered in your unique mesothelioma case. The experienced injury lawyers of Arash Law headed by Arash Khorsandi, Esq. know how to prove losses to a jury in a compelling way. We fight hard to ensure that mesothelioma victims get all the compensation they are legally owed.

What Types of Legal Claims Can I File?

Different types of legal claims offer compensation in different areas. It is important to work with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to be sure you are filing all potential claims against all potential defendants. If you don’t, you could miss out on compensation you are owed. What follows are some of the most common legal claims in mesothelioma cases.
Workers’ Compensation

Workers are entitled to compensation for any illness or injury that occurs in the workplace, including long-term illness, such as mesothelioma that grows over time. Workers who develop mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at work often have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim against the employer. Workers’ compensation offers benefits for medical bills and a set portion of your lost wages. It does not pay for all of your lost wages, and it offers no coverage for pain and suffering, which is why it is important to explore other legal claims you may have.

V.A. Benefits
The VA offers medical care to injured veterans, including those who developed mesothelioma while in the service. Veterans who develop mesothelioma are also entitled to disability benefits. If you are having trouble getting the V.A. to pay for your medical care or disability benefits, be sure to consult with your injury lawyer about your legal rights and remedies. You may have other benefit entitlements you are owed as well.
Products Liability

As we have discussed, household products are one of the most common sources of asbestos exposure. Consumers in the United States are protected by products liability laws. These laws require manufacturers to make products that are safe for their intended use.

If someone is injured because the product is defective (for example, by containing asbestos), then the manufacturer is legally responsible for compensating the victim for their losses. Products liability follows a harsh rule of “strict liability,” meaning that the victim does not have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent.

So long as the product was being used as intended, the manufacturer is liable. Products liability claims can be filed against companies that make products found in the house, on a dangerous worksite, or military equipment.

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Clients all across the Golden State trust our team to protect their legal rights, and we will fight hard for you, too. Call (888) 488-1391 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t wait to get legal advice. The sooner you have an experienced Los Angeles mesothelioma attorney fighting on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.

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