If you are one of the thousands of victims that has developed an asbestos related disease due to exposure to this toxic material, you may be entitled to compensation. There is currently more than 30 billion dollars sitting in asbestos trust funds for individuals just like you. This money can be yours without ever having to file a lawsuit or make an appearance in court.
The attorneys at Sammons & Berry, P.C. work with victims to help them apply for asbestos trust funds that they qualify for based off their unique medical and professional history. You do not need a lung cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis in order to qualify for this money. Listed below are some of the diseases that may qualify you for compensation.
Pleural Plaque/Thickening: Pleural plaque/thickening involves scarring of the lining of the lung indicating that an individual has had lung damage sufficient to be at risk for more serious complications. This condition is not cancerous. However, plaque or thickening impairs lung function, restricting breathing capacity. Usually there are bilateral asbestos markers in the lungs that come from exposure. This is significant in that it is an indication this person is at a greater risk than the general population of developing lung cancer or a cancer known as Mesothelioma.
Asbestosis: Asbestosis is a chronic non-malignant scarring and fibrous hardening of the lungs, which is caused by heavy exposure to asbestos fibers over a period of many years. This scarring is called fibrosis, and the more asbestos fibers inhaled, the worse the scarring or fibrosis tends to become. However, the risk of asbestosis for those who do not work with asbestos is minimal. The symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, coughing and a dry crackling sound while inhaling. In advanced states, asbestosis may cause cardiac failure. Asbestosis is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years or more. When asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs (they often have hook like endings) the body sends anti-bodies to attack and kill the invading fibers. Because the fibers are virtually indestructible the anti-bodies die all around the fiber as their attack fails forming the scarring discussed above.
Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer, found in individuals who have sustained prolonged exposure to asbestos. Lung cancer develops through the surrounding tissue, invading and often obstructing air passages.
The combination of smoking and asbestos is particularly dangerous as the two substances interact to greatly increase the risk of lung cancer. It can take 20 to 30 years or more to develop lung cancer after being exposed to large amounts of asbestos over a period of many years, because the inhaled asbestos is trapped in the lungs and can never be removed. However, in some cases, it may take less exposure to asbestos to cause lung cancer that it takes to cause asbestosis.
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the thin membranes lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities and surrounding organs, including the gastro-intestinal tract. Virtually all cases of Mesothelioma are linked with asbestos exposure and is life threatening. Symptoms of Mesothelioma are shortness of breath, pain in the lower back or side of the chest, coughing, and weight loss. Mesothelioma is the most menacing of the asbestos-related diseases. It can affect people many years after only small or short-term exposure to asbestos, as well as family members who have been around a worker’s contaminated clothing. Mesothelioma is not caused by cigarette smoking.
In addition to these illnesses asbestos exposure has also been linked to many life threatening illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer. These cancers can take multiple decades to develop after exposure to asbestos.
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.