Commercials about mesothelioma and asbestos can be moving, emotional, and extremely convincing. They can also leave you wondering if you can actually trust their messages. Generally, you can trust these commercials if they are paid for by reputable, experienced mesothelioma law firms and lawyers.
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If you watch television or spend time on social media sites, you’ve probably seen at least one of these mesothelioma commercials. Advertisers design messages to appeal to anyone who has been exposed to asbestos, or anyone who has a loved one who has been exposed to asbestos, and is either sick as a result, or fears they may be diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.
Why Am I Seeing So Many Mesothelioma Commercials?
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed strict regulations on asbestos use more than 30 years ago, victims of asbestos exposure are still getting sick today.
Asbestos exposure can trigger serious illnesses with long dormancy periods of anywhere between 20 and 50 years. Someone exposed to asbestos on the job in the 1970s could just now get diagnosed. Also, although no one uses asbestos as heavily as in the past, some people are still at risk of being exposed to it today.
Mesothelioma lawsuits have become big business for law firms. In fact, many lawyers currently specialize solely in asbestos-related personal injury cases because of the amount of money a settlement or verdict can bring.
As a result, you’ll now see many mesothelioma commercials as attorneys seek out clients to represent.
Can I Trust a Mesothelioma and Asbestos Commercial?
Just like most businesses, there are some asbestos attorneys that are more trustworthy than others, even if they have similar messages and appealing advertisements.
To figure out if you can trust a particular advertisement, do a little research on the lawyer or law firm behind the commercial.
Reputable and professional law firms will be able to prove that they have a record of representing asbestos victims and winning their cases. Check these lawyers’ websites for related information and clear contact details.
Also, even if you see a commercial in which a law firm advertises mesothelioma and asbestos case representation, it doesn’t mean they only take asbestos cases or even specialize in them.
Many attorneys advertising for mesothelioma representation are general personal injury lawyers.
Another thing to remember is that while mesothelioma lawsuits are usually worth millions, the exact amount you’re entitled to depends on numerous different factors:
- How long you’ve lived with an asbestos-related illness,
- The level of severity of the disease,
- The state you live in,
- Your age,
- Your general health, and more.
There are many factors that come into play in asbestos cases. This means that no attorney, no matter how much experience they have, can promise you a certain amount of compensation.
A good lawyer, however, can give you a reasonable estimate. Be suspicious of any ad that guarantees compensation.
Why Do Attorneys Want Me to “Call Now?”
Every state has a statute of limitations that puts a time limit on when you can file mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
The clock starts on the date you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. For wrongful death cases, it begins at the time of the victim’s death.
Statutes of limitations vary by state. Typically, the statute of limitations for asbestos is between one and six years from the date of diagnosis or from the date of the victim’s death.
It’s important to contact a lawyer right away if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.
Why Do Asbestos Commercials Say I Pay Nothing Up-Front?
This is a valid statement in many cases. It is not too good to be true and there’s no catch. In fact, no up-front payment is generally a sign of a trustworthy law firm. Mesothelioma law firms generally work on a contingency-fee-basis.
A contingency payment plan simply means that you pay nothing up-front for your case. Your attorney will collect the fee for representing you once you win your case.
Be cautious of working with a law firm that will not work on a contingency basis. This likely indicates that the firm doesn’t have the resources to research your case.
By offering a contingency plan a law firm shows that it feels confident about your case and that it has the necessary funds to properly research your case.
A Mesothelioma Commercial Said I Should Be Concerned If I Worked in the Construction Industry
This is unfortunately true. Prior the late 1970s, asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used heavily at numerous job sites, including construction.
The construction industry in particular put many workers at risk due to the sheer amount of asbestos that workers were around.
Asbestos was used in insulation, wiring, pipes, tiling, walls, ceiling and flooring materials, siding, and much more. Other industries and job sites associated with asbestos include:
- All branches of the military
- Oil companies
- Paper mills
- Automotive plants
- Power plants
- Shipyard workers
- Railroad Workers
Even if you didn’t work in a related industry, you could still be at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness from asbestos found in an older home or in any older building in which you worked.
Some people are even exposed because of a spouse who worked in an asbestos-related industry. This is known as second-hand asbestos exposure.
Second-hand exposure can occur when workers come home from a job site with asbestos contaminating their hair, skin, and work clothes.
If there is any chance you were exposed to asbestos and you are now sick, a law firm specializing in asbestos can help.
Additional Help and Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. There is currently over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, set up for those who are victims to asbestos-related diseases. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the experienced asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.