Mesothelioma Basics

Mesothelioma Basics

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. While mesothelioma is not curable, early diagnosis and timely treatment can significantly ease the symptoms and prolong life. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to explore your legal options. You may be able to obtain compensation for your many hardships, including medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering.

We represent people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We understand that time is very important to our clients. Our Tennessee mesothelioma lawyers work in a timely manner to help our clients achieve the compensation they need and deserve.

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Facts

Virtually all cases of mesothelioma can be linked to asbestos exposure. When asbestos particles are inhaled or ingested, they can get lodged in the mesothelium — a thin, protective membrane that lines the lungs and other internal organs.

The symptoms of mesothelioma do not appear until 20-30 years or more after initial exposure. The two major forms of mesothelioma are:

  • Pleural mesothelioma: Affecting the lining of the lungs, symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include difficulty breathing, fluid buildup in the lungs, persistent cough and shortness of breath.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: Affecting the lining of the stomach and abdomen, peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting and anemia.

If you suffer from mesothelioma, you may wonder how you were exposed to asbestos. Our attorneys are adept at uncovering the root causes of asbestos exposure and have successfully handled numerous asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits. We can help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

How Were You Exposed to Asbestos?

How Were You Exposed to Asbestos

If you suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, it is important to determine how you were exposed to asbestos. Our attorneys know how to find the root causes of asbestos exposure and identify liable parties. We are here to help you pursue fair and just compensation for the many hardships you face due to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Points of Exposure

How were you exposed to asbestos? Anyone who is exposed to asbestos fibers can contract mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. It can be difficult to identify the source of asbestos exposure because symptoms often do not appear until decades after exposure.

Most asbestos victims were exposed on the job. Oftentimes someone who is diagnosed with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos for a long period of time. However, it is not impossible for someone who was only exposed briefly to contract the disease.

In handling asbestos litigation cases, our attorneys work to uncover the root causes of asbestos exposure. We thoroughly investigate all potential points of exposure, including work history, exposure to asbestos-containing products and the work histories of close relatives.

Our asbestos lawyers know how to identify the causes of asbestos exposure and demonstrate how it leads to mesothelioma. We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the compensation they need, while holding all responsible parties accountable.

Common Aspects of Asbestos Lawsuits

Asbestos Lawsuits

If you suffer from mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or some other asbestos-related disease and are exploring your legal options, you may wonder what the legal process entails. Since the 1970’s. We can guide you through all stages of the legal process, helping you seek maximum compensation for your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other hardships.

Common Aspects of Asbestos Lawsuits in Tennessee

While every asbestos lawsuit is different, common aspects of many cases include:

  • Fact gathering: The facts concerning how you were exposed to asbestos become very important in asbestos litigation. How were you exposed? Did you work in an at-risk occupation? How has asbestos exposure affected your life? We will begin finding answers to these questions starting with your very first consultation.
  • Filing the complaint: The formal beginning of the asbestos lawsuit is filing the complaint. In this stage, we file a complaint against all parties that may be responsible for our clients’ asbestos exposure, including product manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Discovery: The discovery process may involve subpoenaing documents from your former employer, gathering witness testimony, medical documentation and other evidence that may be relevant to your case.
  • Trial preparation: While many asbestos cases settle out of court, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial. We seek the earliest possible trial date, because we understand that time is of the essence to people suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
  • Resolution: Whether you decide to settle your case or go to trial, we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation available under the law. Since 1969, our firm has achieved favorable results for numerous clients from Tennessee and nationwide.

Asbestos litigation may seem complicated, but our attorneys work to make the process as simple and stress free for our clients as possible. We will handle all of the legal details while you focus on your medical treatment.