Monday, December 27, 2010

Asbestos-Related Mesothelioma Settlements - Is it all a Scam?

Many buildings constructed in the United States during middle 20th century included asbestos as a material for insulation and to limit heat exchange. It was like a space age material because it was easy to work with. Whenever the material was moved it put of a fine asbestos dust. This byproduct of construction was a cancer producing agent.
Contractors long ago discontinued using this carcinogen producing material, but since symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure nearly 2000 new cases of mesothelioma, proven to be caused by asbestos exposure, are diagnosed in the United States each year.

This is where the lawyers come in. Like the song says, “Send in the clowns.”

No, it is not a scam, but you have to be careful. Look in multiple places for who should represent you or a friend or relative that has contracted any one of these asbestos related diseases. (See the links on this page). These are some of the main asbestos diseases... Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma and other Mesothelioma Lung Cancers, Kidney Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Pleural thickening, Pleural plaques, and other nasty stuff.

Since so much is at stake, selecting the right mesothelioma lawyer is very important.   This is not like other cases in that there is so much money on the table for the scam lawyer to take. According the Wall Street Journal, lawyers say a typical mesothelioma award in a mesothelioma settlement is $1 million, and many attorneys get 40% of this amount.   If the case actually goes to trial, the average award was $6 million in 2001, which was triple the amount awarded just two years earlier.

So, these mesothelioma attorneys, many have made their whole career based on it, are very eager to find mesothelioma patients.   And it's vital that patients select the mesothelioma attorneys that are best for them.

A Brief Background on Your Legal Rights Regarding Mesothelioma

Companies that manufacture products that contain asbestos have known for over 60 years that asbestos can cause serious diseases.

Unfortunately, because many of these companies wanted to increase their profits, they kept this information quiet, thereby seriously endangering their workers. 

There are now laws that help protect the workers who have been harmed by their exposure to these asbestos-related products. 

However, since representing mesothelioma can be so profitable to attorneys, it is important that people who have mesothelioma be especially careful selecting attorneys who are really qualified to represent them.   Therefore, we have created a list of...

Important Questions to Ask When Selecting a Mesothelioma Attorney

Question #1 to Ask When Selecting a Mesothelioma Attorney:

What is your personal experience in representing mesothelioma patients?   Your goal is to find out how many cases the attorney has actually handled. 

You also want to know: how many of these were settled, and how many of these went to trial?   What were the results of each case?

You should ask the same questions about his or her law firm.   You're goal is to find out about the firm -- is this an area the firm specializes in?

Question #2 to Ask When Selecting a Mesothelioma Attorney:

Next, you want to ask if the lawyer intends to actually handle your case him or herself.   Many attorneys simply refer these cases to another law firm and receive part of the fee in exchange.   This may not be in your best interest.

On a personal note, I am sorry that you are reading this information. You would not be doing so, if this terrible disease had not touched you in some way. I hope the information on this page leads you to some resolution and closure on this issue.

There are advertisements on this page that will lead you to more information. I suggest that you bookmark this site then continue your research by click on those advertisements related to Mesothelioma Cancer resolutions. Then come back here for more.  I wish you well in this fight.
P.V. Street

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