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Every year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Most of these people were exposed to asbestos in various places years ago, and the disease has a very long incubation period. In North Carolina, asbestos exposure on job sites is a leading cause of mesothelioma diagnoses throughout the state. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need an attorney to help determine your most viable recovery options.

Representing Asbestos Exposure Claims

The attorneys at Wallace & Graham have years of professional experience helping our clients recover compensation for their damages in asbestos exposure claims. These cases are often particularly challenging due to the fact that success with an asbestos exposure claim requires careful review of all the places you may have been exposed in the past.

While most people work at the same location every day, others are required to travel for work. Some individuals must visit multiple job sites each week and sometimes multiple sites on the same day. If your job has required you to travel, you may have been exposed to asbestos at multiple locations, and it can be very confusing for the average person to determine how they can prove the root cause of their current condition.

When you choose Wallace & Graham to represent you in an asbestos exposure claim, you are investing in many years of focused professional experience in mesothelioma cases. We know how challenging it can be for anyone to pinpoint the exact source of their condition, but we have the tools and resources necessary to handle the most challenging cases with confidence.

You could face a very difficult road to recovering compensation for your asbestos exposure claim, but you may be entitled to more of a recovery than you may initially expect. Working with a seasoned North Carolina asbestos exposure attorney offers the greatest chance of success with the recovery efforts you are able to pursue.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Mesothelioma is a terminal form of lung cancer that is only caused by exposure to asbestos. One of the most problematic aspects of this disease is its very long incubation time. It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years for it to be diagnosed, and symptoms usually do not appear until 25 to 40 years following exposure. Once symptoms have appeared, the disease has progressed to a critical level.

The early warning signs of mesothelioma often include symptoms that mimic the appearance of other, less serious conditions. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing could be mistaken for a respiratory infection. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of many illnesses. Sometimes, mesothelioma presents with more severe symptoms, such as a collapsing lung.

Once mesothelioma has been diagnosed, the patient’s life expectancy is usually about 18 months. However, with appropriate medical care, it is possible for them to survive for several years longer. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is incurable and terminal, so it is incredibly distressing for anyone to be diagnosed with this condition.

If you intend to pursue compensation for a mesothelioma diagnosis, you must determine exactly when and where you were exposed to asbestos. For some individuals who work in the same location every day, it is a relatively easy process, but others are required to travel to multiple job sites and may have been doing so for many years. This will mean a more challenging process of determining the cause of their condition but also allow for more recovery options.

How Do I Prove Where I Was Exposed to Asbestos?

During the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, asbestos was widely used throughout the United States for its fireproofing capabilities. However, the health risks of this substance were not known, and only after many years did companies throughout the country begin to realize the severe health hazards their buildings contained.

Asbestos has been used in shipyards, steel mills, factories, refineries, cotton mills, assembly facilities, utility works, and many other industrial applications throughout the state over the past several decades. If your job requires you to work on multiple job sites and you have been doing your job for years, it means you may have visited hundreds or even thousands of different locations over the years.

You will need an experienced North Carolina asbestos exposure attorney to help review all relevant records related to your job duties to help pinpoint when and where you were exposed to asbestos. It’s possible that you may have been exposed at multiple job sites, in which case you may have grounds for legal recourse against multiple liable parties. Ultimately, your case may be incredibly complex, and it is crucial to have legal counsel you can trust.

The attorneys at Wallace & Graham have many successful asbestos exposure claims behind us. Asbestos exposure at job sites is the most common way for people to contract mesothelioma, but determining the root cause is not always as simple as arranging an inspection of their current workplace.

If you believe you developed mesothelioma from past asbestos exposure at one or more job sites, it could require a complete review of every location where you have worked for decades. While it is possible for some people to be diagnosed with mesothelioma within 10 years of exposure, most diagnoses happen between 25 and 40 years following exposure. If you are concerned about being unable to retrieve essential records, your attorney can help.

Our firm will carefully examine your work records. We can coordinate with your current and former employers if necessary, even if you have worked outside of the state over the years. Due to the number of cases that we have handled in the past, it is possible that you may have been exposed at a location that was relevant in a previous case. Regardless of the details of your unique situation, you can count on us to accurately trace the source of your exposure.

Mesothelioma Injury Trusts

As the health risks of asbestos became noticeable, companies that manufactured asbestos products changed their operations or closed down, often attempting everything they could to avoid liability for damages caused by asbestos exposure. However, courts across the country have compelled many of these companies to create trusts intended to compensate victims of their asbestos products and related operations.

If you were exposed to asbestos because of a company that has since developed a mesothelioma injury trust, you are likely eligible to file a claim through this trust. If you were exposed at multiple locations, it is possible to file multiple claims. The filing process is straightforward, and many trusts currently allow claimants to file their claims online. However, it is still a good idea to work with a seasoned attorney for this stage of your recovery efforts.

Your attorney can help secure all the medical records you may need to produce to file your claim successfully. On average, mesothelioma injury trusts award between $300,000 and $400,000 per claimant, and there are still billions contained in these trusts that have yet to be claimed.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Asbestos Exposure

North Carolina law requires almost every employer in the state to have workers’ compensation insurance, which is intended to compensate victims of work-related illnesses and injuries. If you are hurt or become ill through your work, you are likely able to file a workers’ compensation claim through your employer. This claim can provide medical expense coverage and disability benefits for the time you are unable to work.

While the workers’ compensation claim filing process may seem straightforward at first, the reality is that many workers throughout the state encounter unexpected complications with their claims. If your job has required you to work at many different job sites over the years, determining the exact source of your mesothelioma diagnosis is just the first challenge you might face as you seek compensation. You will also face the workers’ compensation claim filing process.

An experienced asbestos exposure attorney can help their client approach the claim filing process with greater confidence and peace of mind. Your attorney can assist you in completing all required claim forms and submitting your claim to your employer’s insurance carrier. If you encounter any issues with your employer’s or their insurance company’s handling of your claim, your attorney will know how to address these issues.

A successful workers’ compensation claim typically yields two types of benefits to the claimant. First, the insurance carrier will pay for all medical care related to the claimant’s injury or illness. This includes both immediate and future medical treatment costs for severe injuries and illnesses. Second, the insurance company will pay disability benefits that reflect the claimant’s inability to work due to their condition.

While it’s reasonable for a claimant to expect full medical expense coverage for their work-related injury or illness, they may only receive limited compensation for their lost income and lost earning potential. Also, workers’ compensation insurance does not provide any pain and suffering compensation. If you intend to recover as much compensation as is legally possible for your condition, you will likely need to file a personal injury claim.

Personal Injury Claims for Asbestos Exposure at Multiple Job Sites

Whenever one party injures or otherwise harms another party, it can form the foundation of a personal injury claim. The objective of this civil suit is for the claimant to receive compensation for the damages the defendant inflicted. When it comes to mesothelioma claims, the fact that this condition is terminal means the plaintiff’s damages are substantial.

When you have been exposed to asbestos at multiple locations over the years, an experienced asbestos exposure attorney can be invaluable to your recovery efforts. They will make identifying the cause of your condition and pinpointing the locations where you were exposed much easier. Once the parties responsible for your condition are identified, your attorney can then develop a recovery strategy for you.

You may have grounds to file mesothelioma injury trust claims, pursue workers’ compensation benefits, and file one or more personal injury claims in response to your diagnosis. Your attorney’s guidance will be invaluable for determining the targets of your legal efforts, assessing the full extent of compensation you can claim, and ascertaining each liable party’s level of responsibility for your damages.

Claimable Damages in a Personal Injury Suit

Under the state’s personal injury statutes, the plaintiff has the right to seek full repayment of all economic losses they suffered because of the defendant’s actions. In an asbestos exposure claim, the economic damages you are likely to be eligible to claim from the defendant or defendants include medical expenses, lost income, and lost future earning potential.

You may be able to recover some compensation for these losses through alternative avenues of legal recourse, but a personal injury claim will be your most viable option for maximizing your total recovery. Your attorney can assist you in calculating the full amount of economic losses you can include in your claim and gather the proof needed to show they are directly related to your diagnosis.

In addition to your economic losses, you also have grounds to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. The state does not limit or cap pain and suffering compensation in most personal injury cases, so you will have the right to seek as much as you believe to be appropriate to reflect the severity of your condition.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer that involves painful symptoms. The victim will not only face extensive physical pain as their condition deteriorates but also the heavy psychological impact of a terminal diagnosis. For many plaintiffs, pain and suffering compensation accounts for most of their case awards, often amounting to several times the total of their claimed economic damages.

How Your NC Asbestos Exposure Attorney Can Help

While it is technically possible to pursue compensation for mesothelioma through various channels on your own, it would be incredibly difficult and make an already stressful situation much worse. Hiring legal counsel that you can trust will make resolving your recovery efforts much easier, and you will be more likely to reach the results you hope to see.

The attorneys at Wallace & Graham have successfully helped many clients throughout the state. Asbestos exposure from job sites can be difficult to trace, but our team has years of experience in complex mesothelioma claims that we can leverage in our handling of your case. Once you secure our representation, we will do everything we can to streamline the gathering of the evidence you will need to develop a recovery strategy.

Our firm has helped many past clients recover compensation for asbestos exposure through mesothelioma injury trusts. While this type of trust can provide valuable compensation, it may not fully cover all the damages associated with your condition. We can streamline your claim and help you recover as much as possible through all trusts relevant to your case.

When you have the ability to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, and/or if you are a veteran of the US military and qualify for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have the resources and experience necessary to guide you through these claim filing processes successfully. Our goal for any type of claim for benefits is to help our client maximize their determination of benefits in the shortest possible timeframe.

A personal injury claim can provide more compensation for asbestos exposure than the average claimant could expect from a trust claim or a workers’ compensation settlement, and our firm has years of professional experience representing clients in complex personal injury cases. Our goal will be to maximize your case award as efficiently as we can. We’ll aim to settle your case if possible, but if litigation is required, you can count on our team to represent you in court.

Find Legal Counsel You Can Trust

A mesothelioma diagnosis is life-changing for the patient and their family. If you have found yourself in this situation, you are likely to have many pressing legal questions that you will be unable to answer on your own, and you may find the legal proceedings ahead to be confusing and daunting. When you choose Wallace & Graham to represent your case, you will have a dedicated legal advocate readily available to guide and support you through every phase of your case.

If you are hesitant to hire an attorney due to the anticipated high cost of legal representation, the team at Wallace & Graham can represent you without adding to your financial concerns. We take asbestos exposure claims on contingency, so our client pays our firm a fee only when we win their case. There is no fee at all if we cannot obtain a recovery on their behalf, and when they do pay, their contingency fee is a percentage of their total case award.

A mesothelioma diagnosis can present a tragic and confusing problem for you and your family, and guidance from an experienced North Carolina asbestos exposure attorney is an invaluable asset in this difficult situation. Contact Wallace & Graham today to make an appointment for a free consultation with our team and learn more about how we can help with your case.