Bloomington Mesothelioma Attorneys
Mesothelioma is a tumor that forms in the lining of the lungs, commonly as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers. These fibers attach to the lining of the lungs and damage the surrounding healthy cells, causing them to swell. This leads to the development of the cancerous tumors. Most individuals that are diagnosed with mesothelioma fail to live beyond 12 months after the initial diagnosis. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we offer a free, no obligation consultation to review your situation and determine how we may be able to help.
Victims and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit to seek financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other damages. The trusted attorneys at TSR Injury Law have recovered more than $150 million in compensation and have been recognized by prestigious associations like Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Our firm takes cases on contingency, which means that if we represent you, there are no upfront fees and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
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Do I Have a Case?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to seek damages for your illness from your former employer.
However, as every case is different, we recommend that you first contact one of the experienced Bloomington mesothelioma lawyers at TSR Injury Law for a free and confidential review of your claim.
There are many factors we may consider, such as whether former coworkers have developed mesothelioma and documentation you have about your work history.
What is the Value of My Mesothelioma Case?
Unlike many states, Minnesota does not place damage caps on personal injury claims. However, it is difficult to determine the full value of a lawsuit without performing a comprehensive review on each specific claim.
Some factors that may be considered include the damages that the victim may have endured as a result of their diagnosis:
- Palliative care
- Lost wages
- Durable medical equipment
- Medical testing
- Pain and suffering
- Lost companionship
- Loss of benefits
- Lost services
Options for Pursuing Compensation
In general, there are two paths to pursue compensation for a mesothelioma damages claim:
Companies created these trusts in Chapter 11 bankruptcy so former employees that developed an asbestos-linked disease could file a claim to try to recover financial compensation. These funds are managed by appointed trustees who are tasked with determining the value of each claim filed against them.
Like all injury claims, there is a complicated legal process and certain requirements that a claimant must meet to be eligible for compensation from the trust.
If your former employer has not set up a trust, you may be able to file a lawsuit, provided the company has not gone bankrupt. (If the company went bankrupt but reorganized under federal law, you may still be able to file a lawsuit.)
However, before getting to court, the company may offer a settlement. This is something you should discuss with your attorney, as he or she can help determine if the settlement is fair.
If no settlement can be reached, your claim could end up in court. Our lawyers are always ready to court when necessary, because we want our clients to receive maximum compensation.
Call us today with your questions about a mesothelioma claim. (612) TSR-TIME.
How May a Bloomington Mesothelioma Attorney Help Me?
Mesothelioma cases can be quite complex cases. There can be many variables to each claim and it is often difficult to obtain information about old employers and other items that are needed to build a strong argument for your damages claim.
At TSR Injury Law, we know how to build a robust argument for your case in addition to the other steps involved in the legal process. From obtaining documentation and medical records to negotiating with insurance companies and more, we have the experience and resources to fully litigate your claim.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit?
Minnesota has a two-year deadline after the discovery of your diagnosis for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. There may be some exceptions to that limitation. However, if you have recently been diagnosed with an asbestos disease and believe you may have a claim, we urge you to contact us right away. Our attorneys need time to build your case.
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Who May Be Held Liable for My Mesothelioma Diagnosis?
Various companies and organizations have been involved in the mining and use of materials that contained asbestos. Some of these may include:
- Property owners
- Product manufacturers
- Mining companies
- Chemical plants
- The military
At TSR Injury Law, our team of lawyers and support staff can help to review each detail of your claim to help ensure that negligent parties are held responsible for their actions.
What Can I Do If I Have Been Diagnosed?
There are several recommended steps to take after a mesothelioma diagnosis.
- Get a second opinion – Doctors can sometimes be wrong, and an asbestos injury is not something all physicians are familiar with.
- Educate yourself – Learning about the disease and symptoms you may experience can help you and your loved ones better prepare for the future.
- Plan your treatment - There are multiple cancer treatment centers in Minnesota, including the Masonic Cancer Clinic and University of Minnesota Medical Center.
- Create a reliable support system – This can include things like help with household chores, driving you to appointments and providing emotional support.
- Contact an experienced lawyer – It is important that you can focus on managing your day-to-day symptoms. Our Bloomington mesothelioma lawyers are well-versed in Minnesota laws and can provide guidance throughout the legal process, as well as keep you fully informed and up-to-date about how your case is progressing.
There is limited time to take legal action, so contact us today. Free consultation. Call (612) TSR-TIME.
Four Primary Forms of Mesothelioma
- Pleural – This is the most common form of the disease and it causes tumors in the lungs and chest. The fatality rate for pleural mesothelioma is quite high. If the disease is detected in Stage 1, life expectancy could be three years or more.
- Peritoneal – These tumors are in the lining of the abdomen. If doctors can do surgery, and if chemotherapy is successful, victims could have a life expectancy up to five years.
- Pericardial – These tumors form in the lining around the heart. This is a very rare form of the disease, and with surgery, patients could live long past the normal life expectancy for mesothelioma patients.
- Testicular – This form of mesothelioma involves tumors in the lining of the testicles and is even more rare than pericardial mesothelioma.
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What Are the Signs of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can take many years to develop, so it often goes undiagnosed until it is in the later stages and victims show symptoms like:
- Chest pain
- Unexplained muscle weakness
- Buildup of fluid around the lungs
- Blood clots
- Bowel obstruction
- Dry, hacking cough
- Fever unrelated to something else
- Vertigo or other balance issues
Many of these symptoms could be from another illness. It is important to be examined by a physician to determine what is causing your specific symptoms.
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Who Is at Risk for Asbestos Exposure?
There are three main types of asbestos exposure: occupational, secondhand and environmental.
Occupational occurs on the job, as workers are exposed to asbestos many times throughout the work week, increasing the risk of inhaling toxic fibers from this mineral.
There is an increased risk for workers – and potentially family members through secondhand exposure – in certain industries. These may include:
- Asbestos mining
- Car repair and maintenance
- Chemical plants
- Fire fighting
- Oil refineries
- Paper mills
- Printing companies
- Steel manufacturing
If you were ever employed in any of these industries and have any signs of mesothelioma, we urge you to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Some of the places in Minnesota where asbestos exposure is known to have happened include:
- Big Stone Lake Plant
- Hoot Lake Plant
- Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
- Prairie Island
Secondhand exposure is often suffered by family members of workers who were regularly exposed to asbestos. Fibers would get on the workers’ clothes or hair and the workers would bring these fibers home. Spouses and children could become exposed by touching clothing or hugging the at-risk workers.
Environmental exposure occurs when someone who does not work directly with asbestos is exposed to it. For example, someone may work close by others who deal with asbestos-containing products and be exposed.
Contact a Bloomington Mesothelioma Attorney Today
Dealing with mesothelioma can have a traumatic effect on victims and their families.
If you have grounds for a case, and you decide to hire our law firm, we are ready to work aggressively to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We have answers to many of your legal questions, and we would like to help.
Our office is conveniently located less than four miles from the Bloomington Civic Center Plaza.
The initial consultation is free and there are no upfront fees for our services.
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