Over 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos. Victims diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible for financial compensation. However, time is limited. Do not delay — get a free case review today.
Choosing a Mesothelioma Law Firm
Speaking with a mesothelioma law firm is an important step toward justice. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation from a company that made and/or sold asbestos-containing products.
To find out if you have a case — and how much money you could receive — you should contact a mesothelioma law firm today.
Call Sokolove Law at (855) 854-2504 to learn more about the legal process.
About Our Mesothelioma Law Firm
Sokolove Law was founded by Jim Sokolove in 1979. His goal was to help bring justice and compensation to those suffering from corporate negligence. Asbestos-related diseases are frequently caused by asbestos companies. These companies knew that asbestos could cause deadly diseases like mesothelioma, but hid these facts so they could keep making money.
Although Jim has since retired, Sokolove Law stays true to his original mission.
Our goal is to maximize the compensation that a mesothelioma victim may be entitled to.
Sokolove Law is a unique law firm. We are not restricted to filing lawsuits in certain states. We can file wherever a mesothelioma or asbestos-related claim can be best litigated. Our nationwide network of mesothelioma attorneys provides victims with legal access, regardless of location, income, or race.
Top Reasons to Choose Sokolove Law:
- We fight for mesothelioma victims every day.
- We are a national law firm. We have a licensed attorney in nearly every state.
- We come to you at a location of your choosing. Often, we can be there the next day.
We are ready to help you, too. Contact us to speak with a case manager today.
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare — but deadly — form of cancer. It develops when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested. Once inside, the fibers get stuck in the protective linings of major organs. The fibers remain inside a person’s body.
After decades of irritation, mesothelioma can occur in the lining surrounding the:
The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is a mineral known for being fire resistant. It was used throughout the 20th century in many trades and industries. Many companies that made and/or sold asbestos products knew the dangers but hid the truth to make a profit.
Asbestos was frequently used in the military. Starting in the 1930s, asbestos was widely used in ships, buildings, vehicles, and equipment. This widespread use of asbestos continued into World War II and did not stop until the 1980s. Today, thousands of United States military veterans have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Veterans and Mesothelioma
The U.S. government was unaware of the dangers of asbestos until the 1980s. Companies that made asbestos products hid crucial information about the potential health risks. You could be at risk of mesothelioma if you worked at a job where asbestos products were often used.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma develops in different areas of the body depending on where the asbestos fibers are lodged.
- Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs. It causes pain, fluid buildup, and labored breathing. It is the most common type of mesothelioma. It accounts for about 75% of all cases.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen. Common symptoms include fluid buildup, abdominal swelling, and stomach pain. This is the second most common type of mesothelioma. It accounts for roughly 20% of all cases.
- Pericardial mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the heart. This type of mesothelioma causes chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue. It is often mistaken for other heart conditions because it is so rare.
- Testicular mesothelioma starts the lining around the testicles, causing swelling and fluid buildup. It is the rarest type of the disease.
Mesothelioma Diagnosis & Prognosis
Mesothelioma is diagnosed through a series of tests. First, doctors will perform a physical exam and study your symptoms. Doctors will then use X-rays and CT scans look for tumors. Finally, a biopsy is needed to make an official diagnosis. A biopsy is a fluid or tissue sample of the affected area.
A mesothelioma diagnosis notes the location, cell type, and stage of your disease. After a doctor makes a diagnosis, they will provide a prognosis. This is the expected outlook for the disease. It helps patients and their families prepare for the future.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period (how much time it takes to develop). Because of this, it is often diagnosed in later stages. The prognosis is often poor for late-stage patients.
Fortunately, treatments may help improve a mesothelioma patient’s initial prognosis.
Treatment Options for Mesothelioma
The most common treatment options for mesothelioma are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These treatments allow doctors to remove tumors and kill cancer cells. Mesothelioma specialists may combine these treatments for best results.
Treatment costs can add up quickly for patients. For example, several rounds of chemotherapy can cost upward of $80,000. Life-extending surgeries can cost anywhere from $100,000-$600,000.
Most patients will be responsible for paying at least a portion of the treatment costs even with insurance. Unprepared patients may have to pay for all the costs out of their own pockets. This is why speaking with a mesothelioma lawyer is crucial.
Get Financial Compensation for Mesothelioma Treatment
With the help of a mesothelioma law firm, you may be able to receive financial compensation. This compensation can help pay for medical costs. Call Sokolove Law today at (855) 854-2504 to learn if you qualify.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Trust Funds
As the government became more aware of the dangers of asbestos, they took steps to help those affected by corporate negligence.
In the 1990s, asbestos trust funds were set up to help victims and their families. Today, it is estimated these trusts amount to over $30 Billion. Additionally, new companies are now accepting claims. This will likely make more trust money available. A mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help you access these funds.
However, it is important to choose a lawyer with the experience and resources to handle mesothelioma cases. Mesothelioma cases are often filed in multiple states. As a result, a local law firm may not have the ability to manage your case to the fullest extent.
Top Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer or Law Firm
If you are considering legal action, you should make sure the firm you sign with has been successful before. Check their experience in mesothelioma claims, cases, and settlements. Make sure to have questions prepared for the law firm you are interviewing. Below, we have included some important questions to ask, as well as our answers.
Will my case be handled on an individual basis or “bundled” with several other similar cases?
- We handle every case individually unless it is in your best financial interest.
Will I be able to speak with members of your law firm as needed? Will my calls be returned promptly and my questions answered clearly?
- We have a team of hardworking case managers who will walk with you through the entire process. Our lawyers will do the exact same thing. Our case managers are available 24/7 — even during the holidays. When you work with our law firm, you are part of our family.
Does your mesothelioma law firm handle cases in every state?
- We have a nationwide network of attorneys and lawyers. They will share their research and knowledge to build a solid case on your behalf.
How much do I have to pay you to represent me and when will I have to pay?
- We work on a “contingency basis,” which means that you pay absolutely nothing upfront. We are only paid if we successfully recover compensation for you and your loved ones.
Remember, it is in your best interest to be comfortable with the law firm and attorneys that handle your case.
We Are Ready to Help You
We understand how physically, emotionally, and financially devastating it is when you or someone you love is diagnosed with mesothelioma. You are not alone. The staff at Sokolove Law is here to help you and answer any questions you may have about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Do not wait — request a free case review today.