Experienced Fairfax Mesothelioma Lawyers
Mesothelioma is a deadly disease that kills thousands of Americans every year. There is only one known cause of mesothelioma – exposure to asbestos, a class of minerals that was once commonly used in everything from roofing to kitchen countertops. Asbestos also causes other diseases such as lung cancer and asbestosis.
The insidious reality of mesothelioma is that it can take decades after exposure to develop symptoms. Once mesothelioma is diagnosed, however, the average victim has less than a year to live. It is important, under these circumstances, to act quickly to secure compensation. Our skilled Fairfax mesothelioma lawyers are a critical resource for your case.
Claims Don’t Turn Themselves into Cash – But Then Again, That’s Our Job
At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P., we are no “new kids on the block.” Our Fairfax mesothelioma attorneys have been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims for over 39 years now, and the results prove it. We have recovered a staggering $1 billion (and counting) for our clients over the years – more than the aggregate GDP of some entire nations. Turning legal claims into cash for our clients is what we do best.
Most of our clients end up with out-of-court settlements, not jury verdicts. That is crucial for mesothelioma victims, because it generally takes a lot less time to negotiate a settlement than to proceed through trial all the way to a verdict. Ironically, it is our success in court that motivates defendants to avoid facing us there by agreeing to a fair settlement.
“We owe so much to Mr. Schloss and you for taking care of us and leading the way when times were tough. Money can’t buy that kind of dedication.” – Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. client
Related Practice Areas
We also handle the following types of cases, among others:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What if the company that manufactured the asbestos has already gone out of business?
Most asbestos manufacturers that went bankrupt were required to create an asbestos trust fund to pay damages to future claimants such as yourself. You may well be eligible to claim compensation out of one of these funds.
What happens if the victim dies of mesothelioma while a personal injury claim is pending?
The personal injury claim can be converted to a wrongful death claim in favor of “statutory beneficiaries” (certain family members). Damages in a wrongful death case can be large, but it is important that you file a lawsuit (or settle the case) within two years of the death of your loved one in order to prevent the statute of limitations deadline from barring your claim. Damages are distributed among family members.
What if I don’t know which companies’ asbestos products I was exposed to?
Leave that to us. As mesothelioma attorneys, we are adept at investigating claims to discover which company is likely to have manufactured the asbestos that you were exposed to. We will need some information from you, of course. But you would be surprised at some of the ways we can prove that a particular company was responsible.
Time Is of the Essence – Act Today
The harsh reality of the Virginia personal injury compensation system is that the skill of your advocate is one of the most important factors determining:
- whether you win or lose and
- how much compensation you end up with if you do win.
Victims represented by skilled counsel often receive several times as much as they would have received had they chosen a less effective personal injury lawyer to represent them or (God forbid) represented themselves.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, call us at (703) 997-2371 or simply contact us online for a free initial consultation with our Fairfax mesothelioma lawyers. We accept clients from throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, including Mantua, Kent Gardens, Greenbriar, Mosby Woods and elsewhere. And remember: you only owe us if we win your case. Otherwise, our representation will be free of charge from beginning to end.