Prior to the 1980s the dangerous affects of asbestos exposure were kept hidden from those who worked closely with this toxic material. Due to this, proper safety precautions were not taken in order to protect individuals handling asbestos. Courts have ruled in favor of asbestos victims and have forced companies to pay 30 billion dollars in trust funds for victims of asbestos exposure.
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. our team works with retired railroad employees to get the compensation they deserve for the time they spent working with this harmful material. If you have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, a persistent cough, or have been diagnosed with cancer or mesothelioma following your employment with a railroad company, we want to hear from you.
Additionally, we work with spouses of retired railroad workers that have suffered second hand exposure. This often is the result of the spouse handling clothing that had been contaminated with asbestos dust from the worksite.
Do I Have to Have Cancer for Compensation?
You do not have to have a cancer diagnosis in order to qualify for compensation. Asbestosis is a non-cancerous, chronic condition that affects the lungs and qualifies individuals for compensation.
Symptoms of asbestosis
Breathing in asbestos fibers may eventually scar the lungs of some people, which can lead to a number of symptoms, including:
- shortness of breath – this may only occur after physical activity at first, but it can eventually become a more constant problem
- a persistent cough
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- chest pain
- in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips
Nowadays, most people who are diagnosed with asbestosis were exposed many years ago, before there were effective controls on exposure to asbestos fibers in the workplace.
See your GP if you have the above symptoms and you think you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past.
There is no cure for asbestosis once it has developed, because it is not possible to reverse the damage to the lungs.
One of the most important things someone with the condition can do is to stop smoking, if they smoke. This is because the symptoms are more likely to get worse in people who smoke, and smoking also increases the risk of lung cancer in people with asbestosis.
If necessary, treatments such as oxygen therapy can improve the quality of life of someone with asbestosis.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.