The following scenario is far too common. A person living in North Carolina who has worked diligently in the construction industry receives a diagnosis that he is suffering from mesothelioma, an especially lethal form of lung cancer. The doctor tells the patient that exposure to asbestos fibers is the likely cause of the disease and suggests that damages may be recovered from responsible parties. The patient had no idea that he had been exposed to asbestos fibers and, more importantly, he could not identify the makers of the various asbestos-containing products. With no way of identifying the makers of these hazardous products, the patient is about to give up. Can anything be done?
The reassuring answer is “yes.” The patient’s next step should be to contact a law firm that specializes in handling claims for asbestos exposure. Wallace & Graham in Rowan, North Carolina, is just such a firm. Its attorneys have devoted years to representing people who were exposed to asbestos in many different kinds of occupations, including construction, shipbuilding, heating and air-conditioning and automobile repair.
Wallace & Graham maintains extensive files on the types of asbestos products that were used in different industries. These files include the names of the manufacturers, distributors and customers who purchased the asbestos containing products. One of the first tasks for the firm’s attorneys is to take a detailed work history from all potential clients. These histories can then be used to search the firm’s asbestos files to identify the manufacturers of the asbestos products to which the client may have been exposed.
Anyone who is suffering from mesothelioma or any other disease caused by asbestos exposure and anyone who has lost a loved one to mesothelioma or asbestosis can benefit from consulting one of the attorneys at Wallace & Graham. Such a consultation can provide a helpful evaluation of the circumstances of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for lost income, medical expenses and pain and suffering.