If you watch television or spend time on social media sites, chances are you’ve probably seen at least one mesothelioma commercial. These advertisements are designed to appeal to anyone who has been exposed to asbestos, or has a loved one who has been exposed, and is either sick as a result or fears they may be diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.
Ads about mesothelioma and asbestos can be moving, emotional, and convincing. They can also leave you wondering if you can actually trust their messages. Generally you can trust these commercials, especially if they are paid for by reputable, experienced mesothelioma law firms and lawyers.
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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, cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses continue be diagnosed today. Asbestos exposure can trigger serious illnesses, but they have long dormancy periods of anywhere between 20 and 50 years. Someone exposed on the job in the 1970s could be diagnosed now. And, although asbestos is not as heavily used as it was in the past, some people are still at risk of being exposed to it today.
Mesothelioma lawsuits have become an big business for law firms. In fact, many attorneys now specialize solely in asbestos-related personal injury cases. Specializing in mesothelioma lawsuits can be lucrative for attorneys because just one case alone can bring in millions for a victim and his or her family. 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 it helps to do a little research on the lawyer or law firm behind the commercial.
Law firms that are reputable and professional 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 keep in mind that even if you see a commercial in which a law firm is advertising 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 now are general personal injury lawyers.
Many mesothelioma case are worth millions, and consequently, more lawyers are now representing mesothelioma clients even if they don’t have a lot of experience in this area. However, research will help you determine which attorneys are experienced in asbestos lawsuits and are best suited to represent you.
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 so many individual factors that come into play in asbestos cases. This means that no attorney, no matter how much relevant experience he or she has, can promise you a certain amount of compensation. A good lawyer, however, can give you a reasonable estimate. Question any ad that tries to guarantee 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 ticking from the date you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or for wrongful death cases, the time of the victim’s death.
Statutes of limitations vary according to the state you live in. 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. There truly is a need 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. It is not too good to be true and there’s no catch. In fact, it 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.
A Mesothelioma Commercial Said I Should Be Concerned If I Worked in the Construction Industry
This is true. Prior the late 1970s, asbestos and asbestos-containing products were used heavily at numerous job sites. The construction industry in particular put many workers at risk due to the sheer amount of asbestos 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
- Metal works
- Power plants
- Shipyard workers
- Railroad Workers
Even if you didn’t work in a related industry, you can be at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness from asbestos in the home or in any building in which you worked. Some people are even exposed because of a spouse who worked in an asbestos-related industry. Secondhand 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 leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.