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As one of medical science’s most catastrophic cancers, mesothelioma kills an estimated 3,000 annually in the United States, striking down scores exposed earlier in life to asbestos, usually in the workplace. A mesothelioma diagnosis fosters a wide range of emotions, often leaving patients and their families feeling angry, betrayed and isolated.
For those hoping to enjoy their retirement years, mesothelioma instead triggers the most dramatic, traumatic period of their lives, prompting difficult questions that deserve definitive answers. In confusing times like these, victims need the expertise of a proven national law firm with the experience and resources required to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Weitz & Luxenberg for three decades has been the clear choice for mesothelioma victims seeking compensation for asbestos exposure, ultimately earning $8.5 billion in damages for ailing clients, their families and heirs.
Asbestos Exposure Causes Mesothelioma
A cruel and unpredictable disease, not every worker exposed to asbestos is later struck down by disease, yet those most commonly affected by mesothelioma include factory workers, enlisted military, construction contractors and thousands of others who were involved in the handling of insulation. Asbestos, a natural mineral found in the earth, for decades was used as a retardant barrier against heat, fire and chemicals.
Caused solely by asbestos exposure, mesothelioma can remain essentially dormant in the human system for decades before aggressively attacking a patient’s body. Some mesothelioma patients, only recently affected, trace their asbestos exposure back to the 1940s. It can take a lifetime, then quickly take a life.
That is why mesothelioma patients, only recently diagnosed, can trace their asbestos exposure back many years. There are those recently diagnosed who were exposed in the 1940s or 1950s. It can take a lifetime to develop mesothelioma, but once it is found it can quickly take its toll.
Settlements Paid to Mesothelioma Patients and Families
Manufacturers, distributors and employers who exposed workers to asbestos products, often knowingly, have already been ordered to pay billions in settlements to mesothelioma patients and their families, but the fight continues.
For the most part, these were blue-collar men who got up and went to work every day to feed the family, house the family, clothe the family, and they got screwed by big companies,” said Jerry Kristal, an attorney at Weitz & Luxenberg since 1997.
As it stands, there is no mesothelioma cure and fewer than 10 percent of those stricken survive beyond five years, although a handful of medical procedures have helped prolong the quality of life for victims. However, treatment is expensive and usually requires surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, often in combination. For some families, the medical bills seem as ruinous as the diagnosis.
Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
The first step toward finding financial peace of mind is to retain an experienced national law firm. Weitz & Luxenberg, with four national offices, works at no upfront cost to clients and earns a percentage of any potential settlement only after any lawsuit is successfully concluded.
While winning a lawsuit will not provide the cure for mesothelioma itself, it can ease, if not erase, the potentially catastrophic financial hangover associated with the disease, which sometimes can linger for years for any surviving family.
The first step toward finding financial peace of mind is to retain an experienced national law firm. Weitz & Luxenberg, with three national offices, works at no upfront cost to clients and earns a percentage of any potential settlement only after any lawsuit is successfully concluded.
For mesothelioma patients and their family members, it would be a privilege for Weitz & Luxenberg to discuss the details of the legal process and to provide well-deserved support through a confusing, emotional time. Please contact our office at (866) 706-7783 or or fill out a form to speak to one of our Mesothelioma Attorneys.