California Workers’ Comp Attorneys Discuss:
Claims for Asbestos Exposure [Mesothelioma]
Exposure to asbestos in the workplace can have devastating long term health effects. Our experienced workers comp attorneys have helped auto workers, insulators, shipbuilders, pipefitters, plumbers, electricians, railroad employees, and many others who were exposed to asbestos, collect the benefits they deserve.
Our experienced workers comp attorneys have also represented other employees who did not work directly with the asbestos–containing materials, but were made sick by being exposed to airborne asbestos at their job.
Types of Mesothelioma Workers Comp Claims
Pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops in the mesothelial lining of the lungs, as a result of exposure to asbestos. Approximately 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases occur in the lungs.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen. It is the second most common type of mesothelioma – and is also caused by exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma can also be found in the heart and the testicles, although this is much rarer.
Sadly, the prognosis for victims of this disease is not good. And while one should never give up hope, it is important to pursue any available benefits as soon as possible after being diagnosed.
When Can I File an Asbestos Workers Comp Case?
Asbestos–related diseases typically do not develop until decades after being exposed to asbestos. In fact it can take from 5 to 70 years to develop an asbestos–related disease.
Typically you will still be entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits for mesothelioma even if your asbestos exposure at work occurred a long time ago.
You may also have a separate asbestos case against the manufacturers and/or suppliers of the asbestos to which you were exposed. Please note that these are two separate legal actions. Our experienced attorneys will offer you a free consultation that can help you understand if you are entitled to bring a workers’ comp case, a civil negligence or personal injury action, or both.
Bringing a Workers Comp Case for Exposure to Asbestos
Because the exposure to the asbestos may have occurred years before the illness developed, there are certain difficulties that may occur in a workers comp Mesothelioma case.
For example, the original employer may have changed names, changed ownership or even gone out of business. And, even if they are still in business, old records proving your employment may have been destroyed.
In other asbestos cases – even those involving employees that worked at a particular plant for 20 or 30 years – it may turn out that they were actually employed by a contracting company and not the company that owned their work site.
Or a worker may have been exposed to asbestos in his or her line of work at multiple employers and/or at different job sites.
Hiring an Experienced Asbestos Workers Comp Attorney
Because of these complicating factors, it is important to hire a workers compensation attorney who has handled hundreds of mesothelioma (asbestos exposure) cases. Our attorneys know how to cut through the “red tape”, track down the right employers and their Workers Comp Insurance companies, and aggressively fight to get you approved for workers’ comp benefits as soon as possible.
We have helped many disabled workers in California collect the maximum amount of Workers Comp benefits for Mesothelioma (Asbestos Exposure) to which they are entitled. Call our compassionate and skilled attorneys today and let us help you obtain the Workers Compensation benefits for which you qualify.