Minneapolis Mesothelioma Attorneys
Mesothelioma victims are often confronted with many challenges following their diagnosis. As you or your loved one begins treatment, you may like to consider contacting a licensed Minneapolis mesothelioma attorney to learn more about the legal options that may be available.
At TSR Injury Law, we have obtained millions in compensation for Minnesota residents that have been injured due to the negligence of other individuals, businesses or as a result of dangerous products causing injury. Our team of award winning lawyers includes our partner Nate Bjerke who was recently recognized in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers Assocation. Nate has also been included in the Minnesota Super Lawyers list each year from 2012 to 2019 and obtained significant settlements from large corporations like Ford, Kia and Kawasaki.
To learn more about the legal options that may be available in a mesothelioma lawsuit, contact us today. The initial consultation is free and there is no obligation to take legal action if we determine you may have a case. We charge no upfront fees if we handle your case and we only get paid when we obtain a compensation recovery on your behalf..
Am I Eligible to Pursue Compensation?
Just as each mesothelioma diagnosis is different, so is every potential mesothelioma claim. It is difficult to answer the question of whether you have a case without talking to an experienced attorney.
There can be many areas we may consider when trying to determine if you have a case:
- How much you remember about your work history, including the companies you worked for and dates when you worked at them.
- Any documentation you have about your work history.
- Evidence that has already been uncovered about companies that used asbestos-containing products in the past.
- Whether your previous employers went out of business or set up bankruptcy trusts.
We recommend you contact our Minnesota mesothelioma lawyers as soon as possible to review your specific situation and explain the legal options that may be available.
Have Some Questions? Call (612) TSR-TIME.
What is My Mesothelioma Case Worth?
There are numerous trusts that have been established to help provide financial compensation to mesothelioma victims. The value of a mesothelioma claim can vary depending on the age of the victim, their employment history, their physical state, where the victim was exposed to asbestos, what products they were exposed to and more. Consequently, it is difficult to determine the value of a potential case without understanding the specific details involved in your claim.
During a conversation with a lawyer at our firm, we can review those details, laong with discussing the types of damages that you may be eligible to receive if you have a valid case, including:
- Surgical procedures
- Palliative care
- Removal of fluid between chest and lungs
- Cost of travel to doctors’ offices
- Medical tests, including MRIs and X-rays
- Physical pain
- Durable medical equipment
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
As many mesothelioma victims are not diagnosed until the latter stages of the disease, victims may pass away while their case makes its way through the legal process. Should this happen, survivors of the deceased may be able to pursue wrongful death damages, which can include:
- Lost companionship
- Lost care and guidance
- Loss of services, protection and care
- Funeral and burial costs
- Mental anguish
- Loss of benefits
There are no caps on the value of damages in a Minnesota personal injury claim, which means victims and their attorneys can pursue the full value of damages they suffered.
We welcome an opportunity to discuss the potential value of your claim and the damages that may be available.
How Can an Experienced Attorney Help Me?
Our Minnesota mesothelioma attorneys can discuss the benefits of legal representation in a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Some of the advantages include:
- More financial compensation - Mesothelioma cases that are handled by a licensed attorney obtain more financial compensation compared to those that do not have legal representation.
- Handling the investigation – A thorough investigation is very important for any damages claim. From obtaining medical records to gathering information about the employer to handling enquiries from insurance companies, we have an entire team of lawyers and support staff to help build a robust argument for your damages claim.
Call our Minneapolis mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. (612) TSR-TIME
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Mesothelioma Claim?
Statutes of limitations are laws that indicate deadlines for filing personal injury claims. If you do not file a claim within the statute of limitations, your claim could be disqualified, and you can lose your right to collect compensation for your injury. This is why it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as you can after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis.
In most cases, personal injury victims must file their claims within two years of the date they are made aware of their diagnosis. In the event of a wrongful death, you also have two years to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one.
However, there are exceptions to some deadlines, depending on the details of your case. For example, if you plan to file a claim against a government body, you only have 180 days from the date of your diagnosis to get started.
Our Minneapolis mesothelioma lawyers will be able to decipher the exact deadlines that apply to your particular situation. There is no time to waste when it comes to a diagnosis such as mesothelioma.
Call us at (612) TSR-TIME.
Who May be Held Liable for my Diagnosis?
Mesothelioma is a very specific type of injury that is caused by the inhalation of small, lighter-than-air asbestos fibers, which commonly adhere to the lining of the lungs or in the abdomen. After some time, these areas develop tumors which begin to press on the nerves in the surrounding tissue. Often, this can occur many years after the initial exposure and consequently, most people may not be sure who can be held liable for their mesothelioma diagnosis.
In most cases, the victim’s employer could possibly be held liable for the diagnosis. The law states that employers are obligated to keep a safe work environment, provide safety training, and warn workers of any potential hazards.
Keep in mind that it is possible that multiple entities could potentially be held responsible for a single victim’s mesothelioma diagnosis, such as:
- Manufacturers – Many years ago, thousands of products were made using asbestos. These companies could potentially be held liable.
- Property owners – For example, contractors could have been exposed to asbestos while working on someone else’s commercial or residential property, which means the property owner would be liable. The same goes for a contractor who may have been exposed to asbestos in a government building, such as a public school or a court house.
- Mining Companies – Since asbestos may have been mined, it could have made the asbestos particles airborne, which could have put the workers and others at risk to possibly come in contact with the particles.
What to do After Being Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can understandably bring forth lots of fear and uncertainty for the victim. Most people wonder, what should they do next?
The following are some steps that may be useful after learning about your diagnosis:
Seek Another Opinion
It is possible the doctor made a mistake and you have another illness. Many doctors are not all that familiar with this disease and what it looks like. This is why it is a good idea to confirm the diagnosis with another medical professional.
Plan Out Your Treatment
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, it is important to determine the treatment plan. You may be able to alleviate some of the pain and other symptoms you are suffering from, even if you cannot prolong your life.
During this time, it is also important to create a support network to help you get treatment and deal with the challenges you will face as your illness progresses. You also need emotional support during this difficult time.
Talk to a Lawyer
Cancer treatment is very expensive, and a lawyer may be able to pursue compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses. There is limited time to file a case so it is best to contact a lawyer soon.
Our attorneys at TSR Injury Law can manage the entire legal process for you, if you have a case. Complete an online form to learn more.
Different Types of Mesothelioma
According to the American Cancer Society, the following is a list of the different kinds of mesothelioma:
- Pleural mesothelioma – This is the most commonly-diagnosed type and it affects the chest and lungs.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma is not very common. It usually starts in the stomach area and can spread to the liver or spleen.
- Sarcomatoid mesothelioma – This affects the sarcomatoid cells and can spread quickly. This form of mesothelioma typically does not respond well to treatment.
- Epithelioid mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma affects epithelioid cells. It is usually known to be more responsive to treatment.
- Biphasic mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma affects both the sarcomatoid and epithelial cells. The more epithelial cells you have, the better your prognosis might be.
- Testicular mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the testicles.
- Pericardial mesothelioma – This is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma that affects the membrane around the heart.
Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma can have several different symptoms. If you believe you have been exposed to some form of asbestos, you may want to look out for the following:
- Chest Pain
- Tissue lumping under the skin on your chest
- Obstruction of your bowels
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
- Painful coughing
How is Lung Cancer Different from Mesothelioma?
Lung cancer is not exactly the same as mesothelioma. The biggest difference between the two is that lung cancer occurs when a tumor develops inside the lung itself. Mesothelioma is when the mesothelium is affected, which is the lining around the internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, liver, kidney, and stomach.
Mesothelioma is also different from lung cancer because of how it attacks the healthy cells. There is not much separation between the healthy and unhealthy cells. This is why this disease is so difficult to remedy. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments are much more effective when tumors are isolated to one organ, which is usually not the case with mesothelioma.
Jobs with a High Risk for Asbestos Exposure
There are several types of industries that may have put their workers at a high risk for exposure to asbestos, including the following:
- Manufacturing facilities
- Mineral manufacturing and excavating
- Construction (residential or commercial)
- Chemical processing facilities
- Petroleum refining facilities
- Industrial power plants
- Auto repair
- U.S. Navy
The following is a list of job titles of people who may have been exposed to asbestos:
- Auto mechanic
- Pipe layer
- Chemical engineer
- Stationary engineer
- Brick masons
- Drywall Installer
- Sheet metal worker
- Shipyard worker
Filing a Claim with an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust
If our lawyers think you have a legitimate case, one thing we can help you find is if we can file a claim against an asbestos bankruptcy trust. These are trusts that were set up by companies who have been sued in the past by former employees because of asbestos-related illnesses.
There are several companies that have set up these trusts, including the following:
- Eagle-Pitcher Industries
- National Gypsum
- ASARCO LLC
- Owens Corning Fibreboard
- Johns Manville
- Harbison Walker Refractories Company
- Combustion Engineering
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.
- Armstrong World Industries
A Minneapolis mesothelioma lawyer from our firm can discuss potential legal options. The consultation is free. Ph: (612) TSR-TIME
Is There a Cure for Mesothelioma?
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, the earlier it is detected and treated, the better the chances of extending life. The issue with mesothelioma is that it often goes undetected until the later stages when people start to feel the symptoms.
Although each case is different, it is common for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma to survive longer than those with pleural mesothelioma.
Your doctor will be able to get into more detail about your own prognosis, along with possible treatment plans and the possibility of pushing the cancer into remission.
Call a Licensed Minneapolis Mesothelioma Attorney
There are many benefits to work with an attorney as you pursue compensation for damages from a mesothelioma diagnosis. One of them is that it allows you to focus on medical treatment and spending time with your family.
Schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney from TSR Injury Law today so we can learn more about your potential case. If you have a case and would like to pursue it, there are no upfront fees. We do not get paid unless you receive compensation through a settlement or jury verdict.
Our office at 7760 France Ave S in Bloomington is just a short walk from several bus stops, including the stop at Minnesota Dr and Johnson Ave, and a 10-minute drive from Edinborough Park.
Learn more about how we may be able to help you. Call (612) TSR-TIME today.