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Asbestos exposure lawyers

with over 50 years of experience

The correlation between prolonged asbestos exposure and a series of different types of lung diseases has been demonstrated by multiple studies within the past four decades. Asbestos claims are currently increasing in the U.S. due to the increasing number of people diagnosed with pulmonary asbestos diseases.

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Over 75 U.S. former occupational industrial workers and veterans exposed to high concentrations of asbestos

The use of asbestos in various industries was prevalent before the mid-1980s, the dangers of asbestos were carefully covered up by several companies. Between the 1920s and the 1980s, people who worked in an industrial workplace, construction, maintenance, heavy industry, and military veterans were in contact with high concentrations of asbestos.

Years later many of these victims have developed serious diseases, along with their family members who also got sick, from the asbestos fibers they were bringing home on their clothes and hair.

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Who is eligible for asbestos claims?

Environmental Litigation Group works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay us upfront. Our standard fee is 40%. You only owe us if we obtain compensation on your behalf. Eligibility check and asbestos screenings are at no cost to you or your family. In order for us to file an asbestos trust fund claim, you must meet the following requirements:

Even if you have not yet developed an asbestos-related condition, your risk is high as a former industrial worker or a veteran. We can file an asbestos claim with the trust funds after an accurate diagnosis and you can then obtain compensation. In addition to the asbestos trust fund claim we help veterans obtain an approved VA claim as well through our process.

Eligibility requirements for asbestos exposure followed by a pulmonary or cancer diagnosis

If you developed one of the following diseases as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. You will not need to come to our law firm, as the entire legal process will unfold over the phone and via e-mail. Furthermore, if you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with one of the following diseases as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you will have to travel to Birmingham, Alabama so that you can undergo asbestos screening, which entails our medical experts examining your most recent chest X-ray, as well as blood and breathing tests to assign you a correct diagnosis, as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

AsbestosisPulmonary FibrosisPleural PlaquesPleural EffusionDiffuse Pleural ThickeningCOPDEmphysemaChronic BronchitisPleurisyLung NodulesLung SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisHistoplasmosisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Family members with secondary asbestos exposure are eligible for financial compensation

The majority of people who are now struggling with a cancerous or asbestos disease have been exposed to high levels of asbestos in the workplace. However, their families were not safe either, as most companies did not require employees to change their clothes after the work shift ended. Thus, significant amounts of toxic asbestos fibers would be carried home, where family members unknowingly inhaled them. Secondary exposure accounts for approximately 8% of all diagnosed asbestos-related cancer cases annually.

If you suffer from lung cancer or other asbestos-related cancer and have a loved one who worked directly with asbestos, your disease is very likely to be the result of secondary exposure. Our attorneys can provide you with quality assistance and will do all in their power to help you recover fair compensation for your injury.

Veterans, exposed to asbestos while active duty, who are now suffering from cancer or a pulmonary disease can receive compensation.

If you suffered long-term exposure to asbestos while serving you may file claims for financial compensation with both asbestos trust funds and the VA.

Oftentimes, veterans who were victims of asbestos exposure refuse to seek financial compensation during their lifetime or they tragically pass away before finding out whether their asbestos claim was approved. In such circumstances, family members can step in and can either file a claim with asbestos trust funds to recover compensation on behalf of their loved one or, if the injured person had already taken legal action before death, they can take their place in the case so as to bring the process to fruition. Regardless of your situation, a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation will efficiently help you pursue financial compensation.

Common questions

A veteran who is receiving monthly benefits from the VA can ask for a reevaluation of their disability rating at any point. Although it is supposed to be simple to request a change, it can often be a lengthy, complex and confusing process, especially for a veteran unable to deal with the VA bureaucracy or unfamiliar with the VA system.

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The compensation you will receive highly depends on factors such as the severity of your diagnosis, the size of the asbestos trust fund you file with, as well as the percentage they pay out.

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In order to receive compensation, you need to file a claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the company responsible for your injury. A lawyer will speed up the process significantly.

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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file an asbestos claim after diagnosis. It varies between one and six years, depending on the state you live in.

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Diseases caused by asbestos exposure affect 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans. Every year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people lose their lives to diseases that stem from asbestos exposure.

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Since they were not required to wear any protective equipment on the job, many engineering, manufacturing, maintenance workers, and military veterans were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or inadvertently while performing their everyday duties on the job.

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In the United States, OSHA and EPA are the federal agencies responsible with the enforcement of laws and regulations aimed at protecting asbestos workers from exposure to carcinogenic fibers.

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Typically, a B-reader evaluates chest X-rays to see if there are any changes that point towards diseases caused by exposure to particles such as asbestos and silica.

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Because asbestos was highly prevalent in numerous industries during the last century, former industrial workers who developed a disease as a result of asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation.

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Because the majority of diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure affect the lungs, people with a history of asbestos exposure will experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a persistent cough.

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Legal help for victims exposed to asbestos anywhere in U.S.

Environmental cases are unique. Not many lawyers do this type of work. We have handled 233,565 cases that have taken us all over the country and recovered 1.4 billion for our clients. We have a core group of attorneys and staff that have worked solely on asbestos cases for over two decades.

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