Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Mesothelioma is a rare and extremely lethal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Individuals who have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles are at the greatest risk. Since as early as the 1920s, asbestos corporations have been aware of the risks; yet they have continued to irresponsibly manufacture and distribute asbestos.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if a family member has died as a result of mesothelioma, then you are entitled to recover compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit against the companies that made these asbestos products. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the average settlement today is $1,000,000. If the case goes to trial, the average award jumps to $6,000,000.

The first step in getting the compensation you deserve is finding an asbestos attorney. With more than 3000 Americans diagnosed every year with mesothelioma, the number of attorneys involved in mesothelioma lawsuits is growing exponentially. In order to find the best person to advocate for you and your familys needs, you should select an attorney that has the required experience and skill to aggressively represent your interests. The following ten questions can guide you in this process.

1. Am I eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit? Many states have statute of limitations on tort cases, so it is important to contact a lawyer quickly.

2. Would you handle my case on an individual basis or as part of a class action suit? Some larger firms may already have settlement agreements with particular asbestos companies, which might preclude them from taking on your case.

3. What is your personal experience in representing mesothelioma patients? How many cases have you personally handled?

4. What is your track record? How many of your cases are settled? How many went to trial? And what were the results of each case?

5. Does your firm specialize in asbestos cases? How many other attorneys work on mesothelioma cases? What kind of support staff and resources are available to you in researching and arguing my case?

6. Do you intend to handle my case personally? Many attorneys outsource the research to another law firm, in exchange for part of their fee. This may not be in your best interest.

7. How will fees be handled for my case? Most mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they receive a percentage of your compensation award. A typical contingency percentage in mesothelioma lawsuits is 33 to 40 percent of your settlement. If your suit is not successful, then the attorneys earn nothing.

8. What can I expect from my mesothelioma lawsuit? Ask the attorney to outline the preparation process and trial procedures, and to describe your role in each stage. These questions will not only help you to learn more about the litigation process, but also about the attorneys communication skills and style.

9. How long do you expect the research stage to last? What information and input will you need from me, from my family and from my doctor?

10. Which jurisdiction will my case be tried in? Average compensation varies by region, which is important to keep in mind if you were exposed to asbestos in more than one state or county.

Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group, which has principal offices located in Houston, Texas. Mr. Johnson represents cases and matters involving the drug Paxil. For a free case evaluation, contact Johnson Law Group at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com

Maryland Accident Lawyers

A Maryland accident lawyer isn’t very hard to find. There are lots of them, as in every other American state. The Internet or the Maryland phonebook will help you in finding them. The question is: are you sure you need an accident lawyer? In some cases you will only waste your and their time looking for an accident lawyer when you actually need somebody else.

What is an accident lawyer?

That is true for any American state, including Maryland – an accident lawyer is an attorney specializing ONLY in accidents resulting in an injury. It doesn’t matter whether the said injury is physical, mental or psychological, if it happened or will happen. If there is an injury, there will be a place for an accident lawyer. If not – well, you have to look for someone else. You won’t need to go anywhere, though – the lawyers tend to create universal offices where all kinds of cases are taken care of. In the whole USA, including Maryland, every accident lawyer is crème de la crème of the lawyers’ society, but there are simply not enough accidents around to create accident-dedicated law offices.

Accident lawyers in Maryland

There are many lawyer finders on the Internet, but I think the best place to start is the website. Almost every Maryland accident lawyer has his or her link at this page. But in order to decide which one should be yours, you have to know something more about their offers.

Good practices

First of all if you had an accident which resulted in physical injury you shouldn’t be charged until the case is won. By the way, it’s not only the good practice of attorneys from Maryland, almost every accident lawyer in US doesn’t usually force any upfront payment in such situations. Then you shouldn’t listen to all this optimistic lawyer’s doublespeak, but receive some hard information instead. The lawyer should tell you: (1) what the real chances of winning are; (2) how much the case will cost you and (3) what you should and shouldn’t do in order to win the case.
Dave Hoffman is the founder of Personal Injury Atorneys a website providing information on personal injury law

CPSC Takes Step Forward In Effort to Protect Children From Hazardous Metal Jewelry

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2006
Release #07-070
CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contacts: Scott Wolfson and Patty Davis, (301) 504-7908


CPSC Takes Step Forward In Effort to Protect Children From Hazardous Metal Jewelry

Commission Approves ANPR, Seeks Public Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved (2-0) an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) that could lead to a ban of children’s metal jewelry that has more than 0.06 percent of total lead. An ANPR is the first step in CPSC’s three step rulemaking process.

“Lead is toxic to children and reducing lead poisoning in children is a priority for CPSC,” said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord.

Lead can accumulate in the body. Lead poisoning in children is associated with behavioral and growth problems and learning disabilities.

Since 2004, CPSC has conducted more than a dozen recalls of children’s metal jewelry due to the lead poisoning risk. These recalls involved more than 165 million units.

Products intended for children are banned under federal law (Federal Hazardous Substances Act) if they contain hazardous levels of accessible lead. To help manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers keep children’s metal jewelry with hazardous levels of lead off store shelves, CPSC announced an interim enforcement policy in February 2005, which involves a two-step testing process. That process uses total lead content as a screening tool but focuses on accessible lead levels. Current rulemaking could result in a simplified approach, eliminating the test for accessible lead.

CPSC will continue enforcing the interim metal jewelry testing policy while current rulemaking is pending. Parents are advised to check CPSC’s Web site for previously announced recalls of metal jewelry. In addition, parents should not allow their children to mouth any metal jewelry.

CPSC has a long history of protecting children from lead hazards. In addition to this rulemaking on children’s metal jewelry, CPSC banned lead in paint in the late 1970s. The agency spearheaded efforts to remove lead-containing vinyl mini-blinds from the market and banned the sale of metal-cored candle wicks containing lead in 2003.

The ANPR will be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks. Following publication, the public will have 60 days to provide comments to the Commission. Comments can be submitted to CPSC’s Office of the Secretary at tstevenson@cpsc.gov

 

Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC’s web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

Finding the Right Mesothelioma Attorney

What are the steps in filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit and how do you find the right mesothelioma attorney?

In order to get compensation for mesothelioma, filing a lawsuit is quite imperative. However the process is quite long drawn and tedious. The most important step pertaining to the same is selecting the correct mesothelioma attorney or law firm.

It is important to find a good, decent and experienced mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after one has been diagnosed with the disease. In most places there is a set time limit within which one can file a lawsuit, and it is very important that the victim party does not miss that deadline. Otherwise it may land you up as an ineligible claimant. So, the earlier you get to a mesothelioma lawyer, the better are your chances of success.

Apart from that the firm should be trustworthy one and the victim party should build up an excellent relationship cum rapport with the same. If one is considering about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, then the victim party should meet up with several law firms before making the final decision. There are a large number of law firms who are specialized in filing mesothelioma lawsuits.

In order to choose the correct law firm for filing your lawsuit, the following steps can be followed: o Start the Search: You can look for a qualified mesothelioma attorney in various bar associations, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory that is found in most public libraries, Yellow Pages, and of course the Internet. Law firms normally have their own sites.

o Narrow down the Field: After compiling a list of some mesothelioma law firms in your area, try to make establish contact with them either by mail, email or telephone for further information. It is important to provide the law firms with details of your legal issue and find out if they can handle your situation.

Also enquire about their fees for an initial consultation and an estimate of the total costs involved in handling a mesotheliomalawsuit. It is recommended that the victim party make schedule appointments with two or three different law firms before coming to the final decision.

o Meet the Prospective Attorneys: During the initial consultation, it is important that you and your lawyer get to know each other. There has to be a free flow of exchange words between both of you. After carefully reviewing your case, the lawyer must be in a position to inform you of your rights and suggest alternative courses of action, if any.

Moreover, it is during this initial consultation period that a mesothelioma attorney can explain what he or she can do for you and how much will be the cost factor. Also it is important for you to know about the attorney’s experience in handling previous mesothelioma lawsuits. If you are totally satisfied with the details, you may request a written fee agreement before proceeding and a list of references that you may contact.

Making your Decision: After each initial consultation, it is important to consider the following questions about the mesothelioma attorney you just met:

o Did I got a firm understanding of my alternative courses of action from the attorney?

o Was the attorney knowledgeable about asbestos law?

o Was I given enough time and did the person listened to me

carefully? o Did the attorney seem trustworthy?

o Am I understanding the range of possible results, which might spill out during each course of action?

Fees: It is important to consider this aspect with due diligence. To lower costs, you can ask your asbestos lawyer to employ a junior lawyer to perform a certain part of the entire process. You can also do some tasks by yourself to save time and money (Provided your attorney allows you to do the same). An asbestos lawyer may charge a flat fee for a specific task or offer other methods of payment.

Also you can go for contingent fee arrangement process. A contingent fee arrangement is that your lawyer gets a percentage of the compensation money you receive as resolution of your asbestos lawsuit. If you do not receive compensation for the lawsuit then your lawyer collects no fees. A contingency fee is a good option for those people who cannot do away with hourly legal fees.

Also you may incur charges on other fronts like; court fees, copying, hiring expert witnesses etc.

Mesothelioma lawsuit records: Keep copies of all the documents that you hand over to your lawyer relating to your lawsuit.

Did you know mesothelioma clinical symptomsare hard to detect? Find out why by visiting www.mesothelioma-a.com

Bextra, Stevens – Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis – Is There A Connection?

Stevens – Johnson syndrome is a life-threatening disease that affects the skin, which causes skin peeling rashes, and blistering of the mucous membranes. The blistering is usually in areas such as the mouth, eyes, and vagina, and the rash can be patchy and in various areas. The other variation of SJS, which is TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis), has some of the same effects as SJS, but with this variation the skin can start to peel off on a large scale. Both of these skin diseases cause massive misery, pain, anxiety, and can prove fatal.

SJS and TEN are almost always caused by a drug reaction, and Bextra is known to be a risk factor. Although the FDA and Pfizer directors were thought to be aware of the link between Bextra use and SJS/TEN it was approved and prescribed to millions. Moreover, it is only very recently that Pfizer have been ordered to add a black box warning – the strongest warning possible – to Bextra packaging providing information about the risks carried by the drug in relation to these skin diseases.

The warning comes far too late for some people, who obliviously took the drug and suffered the effects. Bextra is now under fire once again for a possible link with heart attacks, although this is still being investigated. The side effects caused by Bextra have already resulted in a number of lawsuits against Pfizer, and it is likely that these lawsuits will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.

Those that have taken or are still taking Bextra are urged to educate themselves on the symptoms and effects of SJS/TEN and other Bextra side effects. If you notice anything amiss you should seek medical assistance immediately. You may also be entitled to compensation if you have suffered the side effects of Bextra, and there are now many lawyers and law firms that specialize in drug litigation and Bextra lawsuits. If you feel that you may have grounds for compensation – or even if you are unsure as to whether you have a case – it is advisable to contact an experienced Bextra lawyer. You will then be informed whether you have a valid case, and your lawyer can look at putting together a solid case in order to claim compensation for your medical expenses, pain, and suffering.

Scott Montgomery, who represents the Montgomery Law Firm, LLC specializes in handling cases that deal primarily with Bextra and its harmful side effects to consumers.

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Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney

10 Keys to Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney

Hiring a lawyer can be an intimidating process, especially if you’ve never hired one before. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases are complex and require experienced, top notch attorneys. How do you know which lawyer will bring the attention and skill to your case that it deserves? We’ve compiled the following list to help you with your decision:

1. Trust your instincts. Do you feel comfortable talking with the prospective attorney? Does he or she listen and ask questions? If you feel that you are not being taken seriously, go elsewhere.

2. Check the attorney’s professional credentials. Carefully review the firm’s website and brochures, and check the attorney’s profile and rating at www.martindale-hubbell.com. If you’re still unsure, ask for references.

3. Make sure the firm is customer-oriented. Do you have direct access to the attorney who is actually responsible for your case? Does he or she return your phone calls promptly? Remember you are the customer and have the right to expect good service.

4. Ask if your case will be handled individually. Some firms will accept your case, only to bundle it with a large group of similar cases. This practice tends to diminish the value of stronger cases in order to help weaker ones.

5. Find an attorney with experience in mesothelioma litigation. Does your attorney have direct experience in mesothelioma litigation? Look nationally for a firm with a solid track record in this area.

6. Make sure your attorney has trial experience. Many attorneys have limited trial experience. Although most cases settle out of court, a lawyer with a strong trial record puts you in a better bargaining position during the negotiating process.

7. Find a skilled negotiator. Does your attorney have training in negotiation? What is his or her settlement value track record? Even though most lawyers spend a much greater percentage of their time negotiating than trying cases, very few attorneys have training or expertise in this area.

8. Ask the firm who their strategic partners are. Under certain circumstances law firms join forces to share their research, expertise and other resources in order to build the best possible case for you.

9. Make sure the firm works on a contingency fee basis. With this type of arrangement the law firm incurs all the financial risk. You don’t pay any out-of-pocket costs until the firm recovers compensation for you; fees are a percentage of the recovery.

10. Check to see if the lawyer is AARP-approved. If not, go to the AARP Legal Services Network to find an attorney. Besides being extensively screened by AARP to become approved, AARP attorneys offer AARP members a 20% discount on their standard legal fees.

Although selecting a qualified mesothelioma attorney is not easy, don’t get discouraged. There are great lawyers out there who are genuinely interested in helping others. Your case deserves no less. For more information visit http://www.mesotheliomaadvice.org/legal/mesothelioma-attorney.asp.

Scott Hendler is Founder of HendlerLaw, an international plaintiff’s firm focused on mesothelioma (www.mesotheliomaadvice.com), pharmaceutical drug and complex commercial litigation. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he graduated with honors. His firm has won record verdicts and settlements in numerous cases and recently won an argument in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2003 Scott was honored with an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, an award granted to attorneys who demonstrate high levels of professionalism, skill and ethics in the practice of law. You can reach him at 800.443.6353 or help@hendlerlaw.com.

Pfizer’s Bextra Lawsuits

For years, Merck has been under scrutiny for a number of drugs, most recently Vioxx. The recall of Vioxx has shares down by more than 40 percent and facing hundreds of lawsuits that could cost them billions of dollars. However, Merck is not alone in the scrutiny that this pharmaceutical company faces. Pfizer, the maker of Bextra and Celebrex, painkillers in the same family as Vioxx, is facing similar legal problems. The question being asked is whether Bextra and Celebrex increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Although Pfizer has avoided much of the negative publicity in newspapers and radio as compared to Merck, the question still stands as to whether the problems with Vioxx extend to similar medicines taken by millions of consumers. Although these pharmaceutical companies claim to have drugs that relieve chronic arthritis pain without causing ulcers, what other side effects may be the result?

Susan Raymond is filing a suit claiming her husband, age 46, died from a heart attack after taking Pfizer’s Bextra for only 10 months. Jerrold Parker, an attorney at Parker & Waichman in Great Neck, N.Y. will be representing her.

Despite this incident, Pfizer challenges the negative effects that Bextra may have had, claiming that large, long-term studies demonstrate that although Bextra and Celebrex are in the same family of Cox-2 inhibitors, that they do not hold the same risk. Pfizer goes on to add that the two smaller studies that show risks associated with Bextra were limited to patients that had undergone open heart surgery and therefore, do not represent the risks to the average patient.

At a major medical meeting, two leading researchers presented evidence that Bextra carries the same elevated risk of heart attack and stroke as other Cox-2 inhibitors. They criticized Pfizer for failing to notify the public of the scientific data relating to its risks. In turn, Pfizer said the findings were flawed. Although the effects of Bextra remain an immense debate, medical experts have and will continue to raise questions about the safety of Bextra and this class of medicines.

Scott Montgomery, who represents the Montgomery Law Firm, LLC, investigates cases dealing with Bextra and its harmful side effects to consumers. If you or a loved one has been injured by Bextra you may have valuable legal rights. We will evaluate your case for free.

http://www.montgomerylaw.org/bextra.php

File a Asbestos Lawsuit

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to be able to file a lawsuit. You have a right to sue asbestos companies if they are the source of your disease. Certain information is necessary to file a lawsuit against these companies.

The most important piece of information that you need is your work history. Continued exposure to asbestos in the workplace is the most likely cause of mesothelioma. People in constant close contact and proximity of those working in asbestos environments can also be at risk. Some examples of those who are exposed to asbestos are people who worked in shipbuilding, mining, factory work, insulation manufacturing, and construction work. It is important to pinpoint your exposure, the duration of time exposed, and whether or not your family is also at risk. The more asbestos you have been exposed to, for an extended length of time, the higher your risk of mesothelioma. If you do not know where you may have been exposed, or are unsure of the company name, then most law firms will investigate and find out for you.

Your medical history is also important information necessary to file a lawsuit. Your diagnosis of mesothelioma must be documented, and the date of diagnosis is imperative to file a lawsuit, due to statues of limitations.

For a lawsuit to be filed, one needs to prove the correlation between the source of the asbestos, i.e. your workplace, and your diagnosis of mesothelioma. The combination of your work history and your medical diagnosis is the basis of your lawsuit. It must be proven that you contracted mesothelioma due to the negligence of asbestos companies. The goal is to show that your workplace exposure caused your mesothelioma, even though asbestos is the only known cause of this disease.

Also important in filing a lawsuit is whether “assumption of risk” was present. Assumption of risk means that you knew or were informed of possible asbestos exposure. You need to show that there was no assumption of risk at your workplace when filing your lawsuit.

The combination of these factors is necessary in filing a lawsuit against asbestos companies. Compensation can be won if these factors can prove that your disease was caused by negligent exposure in the past. Contacting an attorney will help provide more information if necessary.

Oksana Czebiniak

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Fosamax Lawyers

Why do doctors prescribe Fosamax?

Fosamax is often prescribed to osteoporosis patients and advanced cancer and Paget’s disease patients in order to help fight the thinning of bone common in those diseases.

Nearly 10 million people use or have taken Fosamax, the most popular drug in a class of bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates that have now been linked by the FDA an d medical researchers to thousands of cases of dead jaw. Fosamax is usually taken in pill form on an empty stomach.

Most users are prescribed Fosamax to treat symptoms of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis – a disease that is especially common in post-menopausal women. Mounting evidence now suggests that millions of osteoporosis and other patients who take or have taken Fosamax may be at risk for this usually rare condition.

Why a Fosamax lawsuit?

Big drug companies have a responsibility to warn innocent consumers like you about serious side effects like osteonecrosis of the jaw. A number of Fosamax users have already filed a Fosamax lawsuit in federal court against the drug’s manufacturer, Merck & Co., claiming that Merck knew about this dangerous and debilitating side effect yet failed to act to protect the innocent public

According to the plaintiffs in this Fosamax lawsuit, “Fosamax is a defective product because it can cause osteonecrosis of the jaw, or a rotting of the jaw bone. The suit, which seeks class action status, alleges that Merck concealed and continues to hide Fosamax’s potentially dangerous side effects from patients and doctors.” – Theresa Agovino, “Lawsuit Alleges Merck Negligent,” Washington Post (April 12, 2006).

Is a Fosamax attorney right for me?

Justice demands that huge and profitable pharmaceutical companies like Merck be held accountable for their actions. People who suffer from dead jaw or other serious side effects brought on by Fosamax or similar drugs may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering if the drug’s maker has not properly warned the consumer about the serious health risks associated with the drug.

If you or a loved has taken the osteoporosis medication Fosamax or other bone-density medication like Actonel or Boniva and experienced symptoms of jaw death or other serious medical complications, you are strongly encouraged to visit a dentist. We are not doctors or dentists and can not give you medical advice. However, if the dentist diagnoses the problem as ONJ (jaw necrosis), call an experienced Hissey Kientz attorney at 1-866-275-4454 to find out how you can protect your legal rights.

Our law firm has years of experience handling drug lawsuits against big pharmaceutical companies like Merck. We strive to get the best possible results for our clients, and we handle drug cases for clients all over the United States. The compassionate and experienced Fosamax attorneys at Hissey Kientz will work hard to understand your situation and give you the best possible legal advice.
Enilce Teixeira

Filing an Asbestos Related Lawsuit

The dangerous effects of asbestos have been known for over sixty years, but many companies continue to manufacture and use the product. While laws vary between states, companies that knowingly exposed people to asbestos can usually be held liable and the victims of asbestos related diseases are entitled to file a lawsuit seeking reparation for medical bills, lost time, and pain and suffering. As the senate prepares a bill to protect large companies that are going bankrupt from asbestos lawsuits, this process is becoming more difficult.

What will you need to prove?

Laws governing liability and compensation for asbestos related diseases vary between states, but asbestos related victims will generally need to prove that a party that used the product knowingly exposed them to dangerous levels of asbestos.

The first thing a victim of mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases will need is health records and specialist testimonies correlating the side effects of the disease directly to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma can result from other factors in rare cases, so this becomes vitally important to an effective lawsuit.

The second thing a mesothelioma patient needs to do to file an effective lawsuit is prove the source of asbestos exposure. Even in cases where asbestos is the obvious cause of the disease, a specific party needs to be held liable in order to file a lawsuit. The victim or a lawyer will need to determine what products the victim was exposed to and the companies that manufactured and/or used those products. Employees of companies that used asbestos can rely on work histories and job descriptions to document asbestos exposure, but many companies manufactured asbestos products for retail and wholesale markets. Receipts or bills of sale can be extremely valuable in documenting exposure to asbestos and the company responsible, when the victim was exposed to a retail or wholesale asbestos product. Since this documentation is often no longer available by the time a mesothelioma diagnosis occurs, witness testimony can help to prove that a victim regularly used an asbestos product from a specific company, but this is not as effective as documented evidence. Victims can also be exposed to building materials used to construct residential homes and public buildings. In these cases the presence of asbestos and records of the companies involved (contracts, architectural specifications, etc) needs to be documented.

The third thing a victim needs to prove is that the company knowingly exposed the victim to dangerous amounts of asbestos. While many people think there is an outright ban on asbestos, the use of asbestos is still legal. Work histories and job descriptions will need to display that an employer exposed the victim to large and known amounts of asbestos on a regular basis. Receipts and bills of sale need to display that the company was aware that its product was being used in quantities that constituted a dangerous level of asbestos exposure. Construction companies have to be shown to have had knowledge that the asbestos would be exposed and that people would occupy the building for a long duration to be held liable.

Finding a lawyer.

Mesothelioma and asbestosis are latent diseases, often taking up to fifty years between exposure and diagnosis. The evidence that can prove exposure to asbestos and hold a company liable is often almost lost and can be difficult to track down. Laws vary between states, and most states have a time limit on the filing of a lawsuit. The demands of a mesothelioma or asbestosis diagnosis are great enough. An asbestos law specialist can help track down the required information, interpret the local laws, and get the case filed before the time limits expire.

There are many lawyers who specialize in asbestos cases. They may be able to determine the source of asbestos exposure and prove liability, even for patients who are unaware of asbestos exposure. Since asbestos is a particular mineral, many mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos through family members that worked around asbestos. These victims are usually entirely unaware of any exposure. Most states do place a time limit on filing a lawsuit. It is advisable for anyone that receives a diagnosis of mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases to consult a lawyer as soon as possible. A competent asbestos law specialist can help the victim determine if they have a case

Marc Murray has been writting about health related topics for 12 years and has published work all over the internet. To read more about asbestos and mesothelioma visit http://www.mesothelioma.com.