Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

Answered By Our Asbestos Exposure Law Firm

Image of Asbestos Warning SignWe have years of experience as mesothelioma attorneys and, in dealing with so many mesothelioma lawsuits, we have noticed that our clients tend to have the same questions.

To make it easier on our clients, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, as well as our answers. If you have additional questions or if something is unclear, please feel free to contact our office to set up a free consultation.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a fiber that has historically been used to protect and insulate against fire. When released into the air, the fiber separates and invisible particles are inhaled. Although there are various forms of asbestos fibers, all of them can cause diseases, including mesothelioma.

Where Is It Found?

Asbestos is used primarily in areas of concentrated industry such as aluminum smelter operations, steel mills, railroads, shipyards, and construction sites, particularly those that have been in use since the 1970’s or before.

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos filters into the lungs and abdomen and makes it difficult to breathe. Eventually, cancer may grow in these areas of the body.

Do I Have a Case?

Timing is essential in cases of asbestos poisoning. Your case stands a greater chance if you act immediately after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured due to asbestos, contact our asbestos exposure law firm today.

What If I’ve Already Settled a Claim For Asbestosis or Pleural Plaque In The Past?

Even if you’ve already had an asbestos claim, you can pursue a new claim if you get cancer. A second lawsuit is now allowed for people who receive asbestos settlements in the past, and then later develop asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, or throat cancer. The law now allows a new claim for cancer even if a person already settled claims for asbestosis or lung plaque in the past.

In the Pustejovsky case, Henry Pustejovsky was exposed to asbestos from 1954 to 1979 while employed as a metal pourer with ALCOA Aluminum in Rockdale, Texas.

The big question in the Pustejovksy case was whether a person could sue for scarring of the lungs (asbestosis) and then bring another suit later if the person developed a cancer.

The defense attorneys argued that the lawsuit for mesothelioma cancer was not allowed because the plaintiff had already sued for scarring of the lungs.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiff could pursue his case. The Supreme Court said: “…we conclude that the Plaintiff’s prior asbestosis settlement DOES NOT bar Plaintiff’s suit for mesothelioma. We hold that a person who sues on or settles a claim for a non-malignant asbestosis-related disease with one Defendant is not precluded from a subsequent action against another Defendant for a distinct malignant asbestos-related condition…”

If you, a loved one, or someone you know develops mesothelioma or other cancer even though there may have been previous claims for asbestosis or pleural plaque, you/they need to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. We have been handling claims in the Central Texas area and throughout the State of Texas for 25 years. Call us at 1-888-637-6347 and we will be happy to review any case or situation and provide you with professional insight. Contact our asbestos exposure law firm today.

Am I Entitled To Compensation?

Many companies have intentionally misinformed or held back information regarding asbestos. Some employees have worked for the same company for decades without being warned of the dangers. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have suffered an asbestos-related illness, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of a mesothelioma lawsuit. Contact our law office today.

How Much Can I Expect To Recover?

The amount of compensation is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends on the severity of the illness and the employer-employee relationship. If you feel you have a case, don’t wait. Contact an asbestos lawyer at our law office today.

Why Choose Us?

Our lawyers and staff have decades of combined experience in cases involving asbestos and other serious injuries and illnesses. We have a track record that speaks for itself and we are very serious about getting you compensation.

Many other asbestos firms have a small number of lawyers who handle a large number of cases that they cannot possibly be personally involved in due to time constraints. Our office has consistently sought to keep a smaller number of cases so that we can give each client the commitment and hard work the client deserves.

If you need help or have questions during your case, you can rest assured that you can always talk to a real attorney. You will not have to wade through automated telephone systems and talk to assistants of assistants. Rather, each attorney takes an active role in your case and knows who you are and what your case is about. We make it a point to get to know you so that we can work together to find the best solutions for your particular case.

Our former clients tell us they appreciate our “hands-on” approach. We thank them for the compliments, and we look forward to continuing our tradition of caring and excellence. Contact an asbestos lawyer today.