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Asbestos Disease

Posted on November 9, 2016 to

Skilled Virginia Asbestos Lawyers Helping Asbestos Victims

Mesothelioma Attorneys Representing Clients in Washington, D.C., Virginia And Maryland

Virginia Asbestos Layer - lung picAsbestos is a general term for six naturally occurring fiber bundles first used for insulation because of their ability to resist heat and pressure. However, when the fibers become airborne and are inhaled, the fibers put those exposed at risk of developing:

  • Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that can affect the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart
  • Asbestosis, a nonmalignant progressive disease
  • Lung cancer

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Many companies and manufacturers knew of the dangers for decades but chose not to make their employees or the public aware. Each year, thousands of individuals in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma because these employers acted without regard for the safety of their workers or consumers.

The Virginia Mesothelioma Attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.  law firm have more than 30 years of experience pursuing alternative avenues of compensation for mesothelioma victims, even if the past employer responsible for the exposure is now out of business. Recognized among the Best Lawyers in America, our experienced Virginia asbestos lawyer teams have experience successfully filing mesothelioma claims and handling asbestos litigation in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and nationwide courts.

What are the Laws for Asbestos Exposure?

Virginia Asbestos Lawyers - asbestos picThe United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration now seek better regulations to prevent asbestos exposure, but these regulations cannot fix the past. Companies were silent about the health issues of asbestos exposure for decades. It finally took a governmental investigation in the 1970s to bring this information to light. Sadly, for many workers and their families, it was too late.

Our Experience Providing Legal Help to Asbestos Exposure Victims

The proven Virginia Asbestos Attorneys at our firm have a significant history working on behalf of mesothelioma victims. Fairfax asbestos lawyer Peter DePaolis set legal precedence in Wilson v. Johns-Manville that granted the right for victims of asbestos-related diseases to file more than one claim in connection with their diagnoses. This means that victims who are first diagnosed with nonmalignant diseases, but were later diagnosed with a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, have the ability to file separate asbestos lawsuits for each diagnosis.

The successes of our Virginia mesothelioma lawyers have allowed thousands to gain the compensation for asbestos exposure needed to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. More importantly, it provides some financial security to families struggling after losing their loved ones to asbestos diseases.

Who should I file an asbestos disease claim against?

The following entities are likely defendants if their actions (or inaction) caused your exposure to asbestos and thereby caused your illness:

  • Companies that use asbestos
  • Companies that remove asbestos
  • Companies that dispose of asbestos
  • Companies that manufacture products that contain asbestos

Believe it or not, you may still have a valid claim for compensation, even if the company that exposed you to asbestos has filed for bankruptcy or no longer exists.

My husband died from an asbestos-related disease. Do I have a claim?

It is very likely that you do, although we can offer no guarantees without closely examining your claim. Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia all have wrongful death statutes that are designed to compensate close family members of those who have died because of the wrongful behavior of someone else. Even the worker’s compensation system offers death benefits to survivors.

Damages for a wrongful death claim can be substantial because it may include compensation for:

  • Loss of guidance and companionship;
  • Grief and sorrow;
  • Lost earnings due to the victim’s untimely death;
  • Outstanding medical bills; and
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

Contact our proven Virginia asbestos lawyer to discuss your case and answer your questions.

How soon after I am exposed to asbestos should I file a lawsuit?

A simple exposure to asbestos, leading to a heightened risk of eventually developing an asbestos-related disease, is not enough to support a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, you should wait until you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease before contacting a lawyer.

You don’t have to prove that your disease was caused by asbestos before you contact a lawyer – lung cancer, for example, can be caused by asbestos or by second-hand smoke. A Virginia asbestos lawyer can help you establish a link between your current illness and your previous exposure to asbestos. The more serious your diagnosis, the higher your damages are likely to be.

Who should I file an asbestos disease claim against?

The following entities are likely defendants if their actions (or inaction) caused your exposure to asbestos and thereby caused your illness:

  • Companies that use asbestos
  • Companies that remove asbestos
  • Companies that dispose of asbestos
  • Companies that manufacture products that contain asbestos

Believe it or not, you may still have a valid claim for compensation, even if the company that exposed you to asbestos has filed for bankruptcy or no longer exists.

My husband died from an asbestos-related disease. Do I have a claim?

It is very likely that you do, although we can offer no guarantees without closely examining your claim. Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia all have wrongful death statutes that are designed to compensate close family members of those who have died because of the wrongful behavior of someone else. Even the worker’s compensation system offers death benefits to survivors.

Damages for a wrongful death claim can be substantial because it may include compensation for:

  • Loss of guidance and companionship;
  • Grief and sorrow;
  • Lost earnings due to the victim’s untimely death;
  • Outstanding medical bills; and
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

How soon after I am exposed to asbestos should I file a lawsuit?

A simple exposure to asbestos, leading to a heightened risk of eventually developing an asbestos-related disease, is not enough to support a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, you should wait until you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease before contacting a lawyer.

You don’t have to prove that your disease was caused by asbestos before you contact a lawyer – lung cancer, for example, can be caused by asbestos or by second-hand smoke. A lawyer can help you establish a link between your current illness and your previous exposure to asbestos. The more serious your diagnosis, the higher your damages are likely to be.

Find a Mesothelioma Lawyer Near Me in Fairfax VA, Greenbelt MD or DC

Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyer - worker coughing picBy gaining the support of one of the Best Law Firms, you not only benefit from our personalized attention but also from working with a team of asbestos attorneys who have the knowledge and skills it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.

Worried about the costs of hiring a mesothelioma attorney? You can seek justice with no financial risk to you. With our contingency fee agreement, you pay no fees if your asbestos lawsuit is not successful. Call the law office nearest you in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia today for this or other personal injury cases.  Our Washington DC Personal Injury Law Firm is here to help.