Understanding The Process For Asbestos And Mesothelioma Claims
Speed is critical in a mesothelioma lawsuit.
A loved one with this aggressive cancer needs a verified diagnosis to begin treatment as soon as possible. Survival after diagnosis is measured in months or a few short years. Your attorney must know how to shepherd your case quickly through a complex legal process.
Protecting and Explaining Your Rights in Asbestos Litigation
Wallace & Graham, P.A. doesn’t dabble in asbestos litigation — it is a major focus of our practice. Our first priority is connecting clients with the medical professionals who can offer the best hope of slowing the cancer’s progress. For a late or end stage diagnosis, we are committed to making life as comfortable as possible for the client’s remaining time. We aggressively pursue damages from the corporations or employers responsible for asbestos exposure.
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Based in North Carolina, our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements throughout the United States for the negligence that caused mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.*
What to Expect From the Legal Process
Bill Graham, Mona Lisa Wallace or another of our experienced asbestos lawyers will meet with you to explain your rights as the victim of asbestos disease or as a family member bringing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Diagnosis and Treatment
An accurate diagnosis is critical, and Mr. Graham and his team are extremely knowledgeable about the symptoms of mesothelioma. We steer clients to top pulmonologists (doctors specializing in lung disease) and oncologists (doctors specializing in cancer). After diagnosis, we can help you research the various treatment options to “cure” or manage the illness. Our firm has relationships with leading research hospitals at the forefront of life-extending procedures.
Preparing the Lawsuit
Wallace & Graham, P.A. has brought asbestos lawsuits in state and federal courts across the U.S. The statute of limitations, grounds for filing claims, available damages and caps on noneconomic damages vary from state to state. We will work with local counsel to file the lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction, and pursue all sources of compensation, which may include:
- Workers’ compensation disability or death benefits
- Product liability claims against manufacturers of asbestos-containing materials
- Premises liability suits against a property owner accountable for exposure
- Social Security or Veterans Administration benefits
- Specific remedies for Navy or merchant seamen
Visit our Navy-related mesothelioma page.
We analyze the diagnostic and treatment records to establish the link between asbestos exposure and your cancer. We will also calculate the ongoing costs of care. Depending on jurisdiction and circumstances, damages in a lawsuit may include lost earnings, the victim’s emotional pain and suffering, and survivors’ loss of companionship, consortium and services.
Our typical client has numerous known or potential exposures to asbestos. Our lawyers sit down with the client and family members to discuss the person’s entire life and work history. Did they do factory, shipyard, construction or boiler room work? Work on their own cars? Live near an industrial plant? We know the occupations and asbestos-containing products from the 1940s to the 1980s most often linked to these diseases.
We tap into photo albums, family stories, former co-workers and our own databases to pinpoint where the exposures occurred and determine which corporations or employers can be sued. Sadly, many victims exposed to asbestos die before they see justice served. The lawsuit will continue on as a wrongful death action on behalf of their estate.
*No specific results are implied. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.