Asbestos injuries should be a thing of the past, and exposure to this toxic mineral is a legal matter.
The attorneys at D’Amico Law Offices are headquartered in Pittsburgh, hub of the Rust Belt and nation-building industrial work. We are experienced in handling asbestos and mesothelioma cases for our neighbors and clients. We work to secure financial support in cases of asbestos injury and wrongful death for workers and their loved ones.
If you need to speak with an asbestos injury lawyer about your circumstances, call us today at (412) 652-9300 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation. For more information on asbestos injury lawsuits, read on.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer to Prove Asbestos Injuries?
There are three facts you need to know regarding asbestos:
- Asbestos injuries are largely preventable when simple safety standards are followed
- Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure
- Injuries from asbestos can take decades to develop
The reason you need an asbestos injury attorney to help your case can be summed up in one word: proof.
It takes a skilled lawyer to investigate the source of your asbestos exposure, obtain evidence of who was responsible for your safety at the time, and name them in court documents so they can be held accountable for your injuries.
Your attorney removes the burden of hunting down paperwork, sifting through medical and business documents, and obtaining information from relevant individuals via subpoena. Your lawyer can also help reduce your worries by answering your questions and explaining their process clearly. Hiring an experienced attorney could even help improve your health in this way by reducing stress, which is known to negatively impact health conditions of the heart, gastrointestinal tract, and cancers.
Improve the outcome of your legal claim and reduce dangerous anxiety by hiring the proven asbestos attorneys at D’Amico Law for your case.
Why Is Asbestos So Dangerous?
Asbestos is a natural mineral made of flexible fibers. It was used in home construction and factory settings throughout the mid 1900s because it is resistant to electricity, heat, and corrosion. However, when asbestos becomes crumbly (friable) or is cut into, the fibers release into the air where they are easily swallowed or inhaled by nearby individuals.
In the lungs, embedded asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that can take years to develop. If ingested, it can cause peritoneal mesothelioma, the peritoneum being the thin tissue layer which lines the abdomen.
As a known cancer-causing substance, regulatory agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have imposed strict limit exposures on asbestos since the 1970s, and many countries have banned it outright from use in building materials and manufacturing. Nevertheless, people continue to suffer from asbestos-related injuries.
Any person or company that knowingly or negligently put you at risk for asbestos exposure may be held liable for your injuries and losses under the law.
Who Is Responsible for Toxic Asbestos Exposure?
Even with regulations in place, asbestos still lingers in certain buildings, automobiles, and household materials. Modern asbestos exposure can occur due to:
- Asbestos job sites like factories, renovation and demolition locations, and plumbing work
- Older homes and office buildings that may have asbestos in tiles, pipes, or insulation
- Vintage cars, particularly in the brakes, clutches, and other automobile parts
- Foreign building material which may be imported with asbestos-containing components
- Soil mixtures that may contain asbestos particles
Bosses, building owners, and contractors have a responsibility to inform people of the presence of asbestos and provide protective gear for employees who may be exposed. Those who import and sell asbestos-containing products in the U.S. may be held liable for exposure and asbestos injury. Your experienced asbestos injury attorney can help identify and locate these parties years after your exposure, and bring evidence against them in court.
Asbestos-related conditions may include: lung, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; mesothelioma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and nonmalignant asbestos diseases like asbestosis, pleural effusion, and atelectasis (complete or partial lung collapse).
If you were exposed to asbestos and have experienced any asbestos-related health conditions, an asbestos injury attorney can help you seek compensation for your losses.
In seeking compensation personally, you help prevent future injuries from happening to other innocent, hard-working families.
What Could a Mesothelioma Settlement Mean for You?
A mesothelioma damages award or settlement for asbestos injuries could help cover:
- Medical bills for the long-term treatment of chronic conditions
- Lost wages and other job-related benefits like retirement funds and health insurance coverage
- Pain and suffering experienced after diagnosis, including the harm done to one’s quality of life
- Punitive damages, which are fees that may be assigned to negligent parties as punishment, and then awarded to you
- Wrongful death expenses like funeral costs and the loss of companionship for the surviving family members of those lost to asbestos-related diseases
D’Amico Law has proven results in asbestos-related cases, including million-dollar settlements for the families of a tool and dye machinist, a ceramics art teacher, and a Navy veteran who each had their lives cut short by mesothelioma.
We are ready to help you and your family recover any and all available funds after an asbestos injury. By pursuing your case, we also help clean up the community by holding negligent actors responsible, and bringing awareness to dangerous asbestos sites. In seeking compensation personally, you may also help prevent future injuries from happening to other innocent, hard-working families.
How Do I Choose a Lawyer for Mesothelioma Issues?
The key in choosing the best mesothelioma lawyer for your case is experience and results.
Because mesothelioma cancers are almost exclusively caused by asbestos, a diagnosis of mesothelioma is proof of negligent asbestos exposure. However, for other asbestos conditions, the connection may need more evidence to prove. This is the important work of a mesothelioma attorney, as well as providing evidence of where the exposure happened, and which person, party, or company was responsible at the time of the exposure.
D’Amico Law operates primarily in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and we have a proven record of securing compensation for asbestos injury. Those funds directly improve the health prospects of our clients, and the financial security of their families.
If you need representation from an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, call D’Amico Law today at (412) 652-9300 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also reach out to us through our online contact form to schedule an appointment, with an assurance that all your communications with us are confidential.
We are a family firm with a proven track record of winning vital compensation for our clients. Let our family help yours recover from asbestos injury and improve your lives going forward.