Milwaukee Mesothelioma lawyers: 3 quick & dirty realities.
Milwaukee has a tragic history of multi-million dollar lawsuits enacted against major manufacturing industries, from lead paint and pharmaceuticals to asbestos. Since before the 1960s, Warshafsky has fought and won judgments for the injured when corporations and their insurers chose to forsake health for profit.
People choose Warshafsky in part because of their ability to fund and pursue a case to go the distance at trial – including if and when the adversaries appeal. When Milwaukee Mesothelioma attorneys talk about how few phone calls a case will take, they are lawyering on volume.
As much as you love your favorite quarterback, here’s what you should really be thinking about:
1. Insurance companies value your claim based on the quality of your lawyer. If your case isn’t prepared to go to trial, you get less compensation.
Insurers pay top dollar for lawyers and actuaries to calculate strategies to minimize their risk and maximize their profits. When a law firm has a history of preparing their cases to go the distance and trial and winning in before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, insurance companies refigure those calculations.
2. You should ask your lawyer about experience in Mesothelioma and cancer.
Complex medical cases can present issues a lawyer must be prepared to deal with. Warshafsky staffs a lawyer who is also a medical doctor, along with experienced investigators, paralegals, and attorneys to work your case.
3. No fee until you win – but be ready financially.
With Warshafsky you will pay not one penny until you receive compensation. That doesn’t mean your outstanding medical debt won’t be scary in the interim. Talk to your attorney about your concerns with creditors, liens and your credit score.
hen people choose their Wisconsin personal injury lawyer based on the endorsement of a football player or actor, they risk choosing an attorney who has never won more money in a courtroom. Settlement mills forward your paperwork and take a cut of your damages.
Hundreds of times we have prepared cases like yours beyond the brink of trial. Facing unlimited liability AND an expensive jury trial, insurance companies fess up what your case is worth. They HATE when you choose Warshafsky. Insurance companies know: it IS about the money.
Injured? It IS About the Money
Personal injury suits for asbestos-related illnesses are among the most difficult. You need a Milwaukee personal injury law firm with a proven history of building compelling cases, not a “sign and settle” law firm that will take the first lowball settlement offer tossed their way.
Warshafsky Law will do everything in our power to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve from those who put your life at risk. In addition to reimbursement for your medical expenses, you/your spouse may also be compensated for lost wages, physical and mental anguish, and funeral expenses.
Asbestos Is the Primary Cause of Mesothelioma
The word “asbestos” refers to six naturally occurring silicate minerals, each made of long, very thin crystal fibers. Because of its inherent resistance to heat and fire, as well as its sound absorbing properties, asbestos has been used in a wide range of products for, literally, thousands of years. Egyptian pharaohs were buried in gowns made of asbestos fibers.
There are two categories of asbestos minerals, Serpentine asbestos, and Amphibole asbestos. In the Serpentine category, there is only Chrysotile (“white asbestos”). Its flexible, curling fibers are what made Chrysotile a seemingly ideal material for so many applications, particularly fireproof and heat-resistant products. This is the type of asbestos typically found in old flooring and roofing materials.
In the amphibole asbestos category, there are six minerals: Amosite, Crocidolite (“blue asbestos”), Tremolite, Actinolite, and Anthophyllite. These have a brittle, rod or needle-shaped structure, which makes them more hazardous than Chrysotile asbestos. Because their fibers are so fragile, they weren’t used in commercial products. You’re not likely to be exposed to this type of asbestos unless you come into contact with natural occurring deposits of it.
All forms of asbestos are classified as carcinogens and can cause cancer, as well as other chronic conditions if inhaled or ingested.
Asbestos is Banned Now, Right? Not Entirely.
Most people think asbestos was banned some time in the 1970s, back when its link to lung cancer and other respiratory ailments was first made. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the federal government made any real progress toward limiting the use of asbestos. It may surprise you to learn that the United States is one of a handful of countries that haven't yet banned asbestos completely.
Although asbestos has been banned in many products, it is still allowed in the production of roofing materials, fireproofing materials, automotive gaskets and brake pads. These products are exempt from the asbestos ban under a clause which allows their use if no other suitable material is available.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma and Asbestosis
Asbestos exposure has been proven to cause asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma. In the US, they account for about 10,000 deaths every year.
What is Mesothelioma?
The leading cause of malignant mesothelioma is inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. It typically affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also spread to other internal organs in the chest and abdominal region (peritoneal mesothelioma).
Tumors that develop with mesothelioma tend to spread rapidly and are rarely discovered in their early stages when there is still a chance of surgical removal. Cancer spreads quietly before any symptoms are shown, greatly reducing the odds of survival.
Is Mesothelioma the Same as Lung Cancer?
Mesothelioma (malignant pleural mesothelioma) is a type of lung cancer.
What is Asbestosis?
Although non-cancerous, asbestosis is a chronic, and often painful, a respiratory disease that causes breathing problems and can complicate heart problems. It is not only disabling, but it can also be fatal.
Asbestosis is caused by asbestos fibers scarring the lungs—a condition known as fibrosis. Pleural fibrosis occurs when fibrous tissue develops in the pleura (the space between the two layers of the mesothelium—one surrounding the lungs, the other lining the inside of the chest cavity).
How Long After Exposure Do Symptoms Appear?
The time period between inhalation/ingestion of asbestos and the first sign of symptoms ranges from 10 to 50 years. With such a long latency period, many people exposed to asbestos prior to the federal crackdown of the 1980s haven’t shown any symptoms yet. Because of this, many health experts believe the numbers of mesothelioma cases will continue to increase in the coming years.
Who’s at Risk for Mesothelioma?
Military Veterans Face Highest Risk of Mesothelioma
Because asbestos was used extensively in all branches of the military, almost anyone who served our country is at risk of an asbestos-related illness. Today, approximately one-third of all mesothelioma cases involve military veterans. Asbestos was used in military vehicles, in the materials used to build and repair equipment, and even in the construction of housing on bases. The US Navy, in particular, used asbestos extensively in ships.
Construction and Renovation/Demolition Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma
Because it can take so long for mesothelioma to manifest, there are many former (and current) Milwaukee construction workers who have been exposed to asbestos and are still at risk. Those who worked as plumbers, electricians, and pipefitters during the 1950s through the early 1980s are most at risk.
We all love to see historic buildings around Milwaukee restored, but most were built during an era when asbestos was widely used in insulation, flooring, roofing, and other construction materials. Virtually all buildings build before 1980 have asbestos in them, and workers involved in restoring or demolishing these buildings are at high risk for asbestos-related illnesses.
Common building products that used to contain asbestos:
- Floor tiles
- Ceiling tiles
- Asbestos cement
- Wall panels
- Boiler insulation
- Electrical insulation
- Spray-on fireproofing
- Wallboard joint compound
- Wall and attic insulation
- Asbestos paper and millboard
Even Homeowners Risk Asbestos Exposure With DIY Projects
DIY homeowners doing home improvement work on older houses in the Milwaukee area are also at risk. Even with proper respiratory protection, asbestos fibers can cling to clothing and shoes. Then, when the clothing is removed or dusted off after working, the fibers become airborne and can be inhaled by anyone in the vicinity.
Auto Mechanics Routinely Exposed to Asbestos
Because it is still legal to manufacture automotive brake pads containing asbestos, many Milwaukee area auto mechanics are routinely exposed to asbestos. Even if they aren’t the ones removing or installing brake pads, fibers that break off or are in the brake dust on wheels can easily become airborne in a shop and be inhaled by workers.
Contact Warshafsky Law Now for a Free Assessment of Your Mesothelioma Case
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, take advantage of our offer for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Once we know more about your situation, we’ll be able to give you our opinion of your chances of success in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit for mesothelioma or asbestosis.
Although the lengthy latency period for mesothelioma can make it difficult to determine the source of exposure to asbestos, there are often likely suspects—as in the case of anyone who served in the military or worked in construction. The Milwaukee personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law are exceptionally good at connecting the dots and building compelling cases.