Our mesothelioma attorneys represent clients facing a life-threatening condition from asbestos exposure.
Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Get the Results You Deserve
Based in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey, our team has achieved historic outcomes in national mesothelioma cases.
Mesothelioma is a serious and life-threatening form of cancer that is generally caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. The progressive and fatal nature of this disease takes a heavy toll on victims and their families.
Many of us come in contact with asbestos at some point in our lives. Widely used in construction materials since the 1940s, it is commonly found in older homes, as well as in cosmetic and hygiene products that contain talcum powder.
There are occupations that pose a high risk of exposure to asbestos, including:
- Construction and demolition workers
- Airplane and motor vehicle mechanics
- Shipyard workers
- Electricians, pipe fitters, welders, and building engineers
- HVAC installers and insulation removal workers
- Firefighters and other rescue workers
In some cases, family members may also be affected, as asbestos fibers can be brought into the worker’s home on clothes, hair, and skin.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, we understand the tremendous impact that a mesothelioma diagnosis can have on your physical health and on your family’s financial security — and our team of Mesothelioma attorneys will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Our legal team takes on mesothelioma cases in Philadelphia, Red Bank New Jersey, Cherry Hill, NJ, and across the nation.
Our qualified team of mesothelioma experts will meticulously investigate and gather vital evidence related to your exposure. Once we have identified the source, our attorneys’ knowledge of state and federal rules and regulations can help determine which individuals or companies may be held responsible.
Personal Injury Cases Related to Mesothelioma
In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause any of the following conditions. Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers fight for the results you deserve in your mesothelioma case, and have achieved historic outcomes for mesothelioma lawsuits.
The leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., this disease forms in the lung tissue and can spread rapidly to other parts of the body. Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and weight loss often do not appear until the disease is in advanced stages. More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer annually, and while the prognosis is generally poor, there are treatments that can be effective if caught early.
Pleural plaques involve hardening of the tissue around the lungs and diaphragm. In some cases, these tissues can become thick enough to compress part of the lung, impacting the victim’s ability to breath normally. While there are generally no symptoms, masses associated with the disease may show up in x-rays and can eventually develop into lung cancer or other diseases.
This chronic condition, which involves scarring and inflammation of the lung tissues, develops slowly, may not be detected until decades after exposure, and has no known treatment. Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and deformities in the fingertips or nails.
Diffuse Pleural Thickening (DPT)
This lung disease occurs when the pleura, the protective tissue surrounding the lungs and chest cavity, become thick and scarred. Severe DPT can reduce lung capacity, which can result in serious or fatal respiratory ailments. Symptoms include chest pain and shortness of breath, and while not a precursor to lung cancer, it may put sufferers at increased risk.
Benign Pleural Effusions
A serious and potentially fatal form of lung disease, benign pleural effusions result from fluid that builds up between the lungs and the chest wall. Symptoms — including coughing, chest pain, and breathing difficulties — can occur as many as 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Facts About Mesothelioma
New mesothelioma cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year
Number of people with mesothelioma who report asbestos exposure
Year period for symptoms to appear after exposure
Body parts where mesothelioma symptoms typically begin
What to Expect in a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit for mesothelioma can be overwhelming, but our expert mesothelioma attorneys are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out today.
Who Can Receive a Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Settlement?
The person responsible for filing the claim is the estate representative, typically named in a will. This may be a surviving spouse, a child, or another close family member or friend. If there is no will, the court will choose a representative. A claim for wrongful death is usually brought by family members of the deceased plaintiff, such as a spouse or child. The spouse or children of a deceased plaintiff can be considered wrongful death beneficiaries.
Examples of Mesothelioma Claims That Got The Highest Settlements
One notable example of a high settlement occurred in Illinois. There, a woman named Jean Holmes died of mesothelioma after secondary exposure to asbestos fibers while laundering her husband’s clothes. The jury awarded $2.6 million to Holmes’ children. They received this high award partly because responsible parties did not warn Holmes of the dangers of asbestos fibers.
What Do Juries Consider When Determining the Amount of a Mesothelioma Settlement?
The top factors that affect a mesothelioma settlement in a wrongful death case include the following:
- The deceased person’s age
- The deceased person’s treatment and expenses
- The deceased person’s pain and suffering
- The strength of the evidence
- The impact the treatment and loss had on surviving family members
How to Get the Highest Possible Wrongful Death Settlement for Your Mesothelioma Case
You must prove that the defendant was wrongfully exposed to asbestos and died of mesothelioma. The stronger the evidence developed during litigation, the higher the likelihood of a full and fair settlement or verdict.
- Provide Evidence of Costs
- Provide Evidence of Lost Wages and Other Costs
- Provide Evidence of Mental Pain and Suffering
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