If you watch television, chances are you’ve probably seen at least one mesothelioma commercial by now. In fact, with so many mesothelioma and asbestos commercials lately, you may even wonder if you can actually trust them. In short, the answer is mostly yes–if the commercials are coming from a reputable and experienced mesothelioma law firm.
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Why Do I Keep Seeing So Many Mesothelioma Commercials?
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed strict regulations on asbestos use more than 30 years, more and more cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses continue to surface today. This is due asbestos diseases having a long dormancy period of anywhere between 20 to 50 years.
In turn, mesothelioma lawsuits have become an big business for law firms. In fact, many attorneys now specifically specialize solely in asbestos-related cases. One of the reasons attorneys prefer to specialize in mesothelioma lawsuits is that just one case alone can bring in millions for a victim and his/her family. As a result, there are now a myriad of mesothelioma commercials as attorneys seek out clients to represent.
How Do I Know if I Can 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 commercials. The key to figuring out if you can trust a particular commercial over another is by researching the lawyer and/or law firm behind the commercial.
A reputable mesothelioma attorney will have a proven track record of successfully representing clients and winning asbestos cases. They will have also have an informational, fact-based website to go along with their commercial, as well as a clear contact details.
Most importantly, keep in mind that even if you see a commercial in which a law firm is advertising mesothelioma and asbestos case representation, this doesn’t automatically mean that the law firm specializes solely in asbestos lawsuits.
As mentioned early, many mesothelioma case are worth millions, and consequently, numerous 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.
Another thing to keep in mind is that while mesothelioma lawsuits are usually worth millions, the exact amount you’re entitled to depends on numerous different factors, including how long you’ve lived with an asbestos-related illness, the level of severity of the disease, the state you live in, your age, general health, and more. Therefore, no asbestos attorney can tell you up-front exactly how much compensation you’ll receive. While they may be able to give you a ballpark figure, it’s impossible to tell you an exact amount.
Why Do Attorneys Want Me to “Call Now”?
Like many types of lawsuits, asbestos-related cases have a statute of limitations, meaning you only have a certain amount of time to file your lawsuit. The clock starts ticking from the date you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or for wrongful death cases, time starts the day of the victim’s death.
Statute of limitations vary according to the state you live in. Typically, statute of limitations for asbestos cases range anywhere from one to six years from the date of diagnosis or from the date of the victim’s death.
Why Do Asbestos Commercials Say I Pay Nothing Up-Front?
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 wary of law firms that refuse to work on a contingency-fee. This typically means there isn’t enough funds available to properly research your case and give you the best chances of success.
A Mesothelioma Commercial Told Me I Should Be Concerned If I Worked in the Construction Industry
Prior the late 1970s and in some industries, the 1980s, 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, 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 spouses and children are at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness if they came into contact with asbestos in the home. In the past, it wasn’t unusual for people to come from a job site with asbestos embedded in the hair, skin, and on their work clothes. By simply changing clothes at home or giving a loved one a hug, those who never worked around asbestos were placed at risk of developing mesothelioma and other life-threatening, asbestos illnesses.
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.