As you might have discovered, finding a local attorney who can help you with your Mesothelioma and asbestos claim can be frustrating. Thousands of websites address Mesothelioma, the cancer associated with asbestos exposure, specific to Minnesota and Wisconsin, but who are these lawyers? Most Internet searches yield firms that sell your case to their referral network rather than personally handle your case themselves. So you end up with a lawyer who should be fighting for your life but is instead accountable to the nationwide referral company, not you.
Richard Schroeder, a personal injury lawyer in the Twin Cities, is currently accepting Mesothelioma and asbestos-exposure claims. Richard is happy to talk with you, either in person or on the phone, to help you understand your rights and options for pursuing a Mesothelioma claim. Please read the frequently asked questions and answers below. When you feel ready for help and guidance, call the office of Schroeder & Mandel, P.A. at 877-426-8740 for a no-cost, no-obligation discussion about how our law office can help. Richard is available for either home or hospital visits.
Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer typically caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to asbestos. Damaged cells are found around the mesothelium, a protective lining around most of the body's organs. The outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall (the pleura) is the most commonly effected area, but Mesothelioma may also occur in the abdominal lining (peritoneum) or the sac that surrounds your heart (pericardium).
If you have Mesothelioma, the party responsible for your asbestos exposure (for example, your employer or the provider of sheet rock, insulation or other household materials containing asbestos) can be held liable. As a Mesothelioma sufferer, you quickly incur a great financial strain of medical bills, lost wages and unexpected changes to your life as a result of the illness. While no attorney can undo your diagnosis or change your medical condition, recovering a financial settlement can make a difficult road a little bit easier. The lawyers at Schroeder & Mandel, P.A. will do everything in their power to hold liable the responsible parties and ensure you receive the best possible settlement.
A Mesothelioma victim often will not show symptoms for 30 to 50 years. The most common symptoms include, but are not limited to, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, weight loss, abdominal swelling and blood clotting. Mesothelioma diagnosis can be difficult because symptoms are similar to those of several other conditions. Diagnosis should include a review of medical history and possible asbestos exposure history.
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for Mesothelioma. In fact, non-asbestos related Mesothelioma is rare. Asbestos was widely used as far back as the 1800s and became very common throughout the World War II era. The inhalation of asbestos fibers causes Mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer. Even extremely low exposure levels to asbestos fibers or dust can be very dangerous.
Patients exposed to asbestos fibers on the job or in the workplace are victims of what is referred to as occupational exposure. Paraoccupational exposure refers to Mesothelioma contracted by a family member or someone close to the person who was exposed. Simply put, it is secondhand exposure. This form of asbestos exposure can be harder to ascertain but is typically contracted by a family member of someone who has been exposed in the workplace.
Similarly, those who have homes or work near facilities that contain asbestos might also be at risk even though there is not obvious direct contact. The fine asbestos dust can be carried easily by the wind over long distances.
Industries potentially liable for causing asbestos exposure include factories, shipyards, power plants, oil refineries, steel manufacturing plants, and any company or job site involved with the removal of old building materials. The demolition of buildings that contain asbestos can release the dust into the environment, and trucks hauling the materials can further spread the fine asbestos fibers. Consider that in the 1940s asbestos was as commonly used as fiberglass is today. Anyone who came in contact with building materials from previous eras likely has been exposed to asbestos.
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