Finding out that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma is a devastating blow, especially when you consider that asbestos – the mineral that causes the disease – was widely used even though there was medical evidence that it was dangerous.
If you think there is a chance that you contracted mesothelioma from on-the-job exposure to asbestos, you should meet with an experienced Cincinnati mesothelioma lawyer to find out if you can pursue a legal claim. In a free consultation, the skilled attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can inform you if it is worth your time to pursue a legal claim for compensation to help cover medical expenses, loss of companionship and other damages.
If our Cincinnati mesothelioma lawyers take on your case, we will always put your best interests first. We will thoroughly investigate your claim so that you have the best chance of success, either through a fair settlement or favorable verdict.
High-Risk Jobs for Exposure To Asbestos
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
The widespread use of asbestos until the mid-1970s means that many employees were at risk of breathing in asbestos fibers. Those who worked directly with asbestos-containing materials had the highest risk of exposure. However, fibers often became airborne and could have easily been breathed in by many others at a job site.
Although there are many occupations that put workers at risk of exposure, some jobs carried a higher risk than others, including:
- Construction workers
- Car mechanics
- Air conditioning technicians
- Car manufacturing workers
- Insulation manufacturing workers
Employers in these industries and others that used asbestos-containing materials either knew of the link to mesothelioma or should have known, as there was medical evidence of the link between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure dating back to the 1920s.
However, holding these employers liable for their negligence requires a mesothelioma attorney in Cincinnati with the resources and skill to conduct an in-depth investigation. Your attorney also needs to be a skilled negotiator who will not settle for less than you are entitled. Our lawyers have the skill and resources you need to be successful with your legal claim. Our law firm has a successful track record of achieving justice for those injured by another person’s negligence.
Investigating the Cause of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms can take many years to develop after initial exposure to asbestos. Often, victims do not show symptoms of the disease until 20, 30 or even 40 years after they were exposed.
Because of this, one of the biggest challenges of any mesothelioma legal claim is to find out when and where the victim was exposed to asbestos. Even if the victim can remember all of the different places that he or she worked, those companies may have gone out of business and no longer exist. Additionally, former employers and other parties who were negligent will put up a hard fight to avoid liability. The dedicated lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy know where to look for records and other documents that have the information we need to build a solid case.
Our legal team knows how to track down former employers and find out if they used materials with asbestos that might have lead to mesothelioma. Our attorneys also have detailed knowledge of the medical evidence of the dangers of asbestos. We know when this information became available to employers, helping us establish that these companies were negligent for continuing to use products with asbestos.
Types of Compensation In A Mesothelioma Claim
While compensation is not a cure for mesothelioma, and it cannot change what happened, it can help ease some of the financial burden of this situation.
In a mesothelioma claim, our Cincinnati attorneys may be able to recover the following forms of compensation:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Those who lost a loved one from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Our wrongful death attorneys may be able to recover the following forms of compensation:
- Final expenses, such as funeral costs
- Loss of companionship
- Lost financial support
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
Reach Out to a Cincinnati Mesothelioma Attorney for Help
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can have a devastating impact on you and your loved ones. That is why our caring Cincinnati mesothelioma lawyers are committed to doing our part to defend your legal rights during this difficult time.
All of our clients receive a free consultation to find out their legal options. We also work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not receive compensation unless your legal claim is successful through a settlement or favorable verdict.