Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis caused by preventable exposure to asbestos or asbestos-containing products. A mesothelioma diagnosis can be especially overwhelming as medical bills start to pile up. Learn more about the legal options available to you by consulting with a trusted and experienced mesothelioma injury attorney. Victims and their loved ones may be eligible to recover damages through mesothelioma lawsuits.
The legal team at TSR Injury Law has helped recover millions in compensation for Minnesota families. Our partners Steve Terry, Nate Bjerk, Chuck Slane and Rich Ruohonen have been consistently selected to the Super Lawyers list, a nationally recognized association based on peer-review and professional achievement.
We offer free consultations at no risk and with no obligation that you take legal action. If we represent you, our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost to handle your case. We only get paid if we win a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, you may be able to pursue legal action.
However, this question is difficult to answer definitively as each case is different. This is why we encourage you to contact a St. Paul mesothelioma attorney from our firm to review your situation during a free consultation.
There are several sources of information we would need to review, including:
- Medical records that describe your mesothelioma diagnosis
- Documentation related to your work history
- Other job history details, such as when you may have worked with materials containing asbestos
- Any evidence that shows your former employer used asbestos-containing products
- Whether former coworkers have developed mesothelioma or have filed a case
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What is My Mesothelioma Case Worth?
Determining how much your potential case may be worth will depend on a number of variables unique to your mesothelioma diagnosis. This includes looking at the amount and duration of your asbestos exposure, the costs of related medical care, and financial losses from being unable to work.
If we determine your claim has merit and you decide to take legal action, we are prepared to help you pursue compensation for:
- Cost of chemotherapy and radiation
- Cost of surgeries
- Imaging tests (MRIs, X-rays, CT scans)
- Palliative care
- Medical assistive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
Generally, there are two options available for pursing compensation for a mesothelioma case:
- Asbestos trusts – If a company is accountable for you and other former coworkers developing an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, you could be eligible to pursue compensation from a special trust fund. These funds are managed by a trustee whose duty it is to determine the value of each case filed. Certain medical criteria must be met to quality for compensation.
- Mesothelioma lawsuits – In the event your former employer does not have a trust fund set up, you may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit as long as the company has not filed for bankruptcy. You may even be offered to settle out of court. We recommend consulting with a mesothelioma injury attorney to determine if the settlement offered is just and fair.
If no settlement is reached, our attorneys are prepared to go to court if necessary. We have a proven track record of recovering maximum compensation for our clients. Let us help you out with the legal process.
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Is There a Time Limit to File a Case?
According to state law, you typically have two years after the date of the diagnosis to file a mesothelioma case in Minnesota. Claimants who attempt to file after this deadline run the risk of having the case barred by the court. However, there may be some exceptions that require you to file before or after that time.
If you are not sure if your filing deadline has passed, we recommend that you speak with one of our licensed Saint Paul mesothelioma lawyers to find out what time frame applies to your situation.
Mesothelioma Cases We Handle
At TSR Injury Law, we are prepared to handle a wide variety of mesothelioma cases. The four main types of mesothelioma include:
This is the most commonly-diagnosed type of mesothelioma, representing between 70 to 75 percent of cases. The tumor develops in the pleural lining, affecting both the chest and lungs. Victims with pleural mesothelioma often experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, unexpected weight loss, fever and fatigue. Life expectancy with treatment is about three years at Stage 1 and about 12 months to a year at Stage 4.
This type of mesothelioma represents between 10 to 20 percent of cases. The tumor develops in the lining of the peritoneum or abdomen. Victims with this disease often experience pain and swelling of the abdomen, bloating, decreased appetite and bowel changes. Life expectancy is at least five years in more than half of the victims (52 percent) who undergo surgery with heated chemotherapy.
This type of mesothelioma is extremely rare with only about 200 cases reported. The tumor develops in the lining of the pericardium or heart. Victims with pericardial mesothelioma often experience an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems and persistent coughing. Life expectancy is between six weeks and up to 15 months with surgery.
This is the rarest type of mesothelioma with no more than 100 cases reported. The tumor develops in the lining covering the testes. Victims with this disease often experience scrotal swelling and painless testicular lumps. Life expectancy is about two or more years with surgery and chemotherapy.
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Different Symptoms Of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure usually takes 20 to 50 years to develop. This can make it difficult to diagnose victims at an early stage, which is why the disease is often discovered too late.
While mesothelioma symptoms can vary, the most common include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Dry cough or wheezing
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Breathing problems
- Buildup of fluid around the lungs
- Blood clots
- Coughing up blood
There is, unfortunately, no cure for mesothelioma. However, early detection and treatment could help extend one’s life expectancy. It is important that you talk with a doctor to better understand your medical options.
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Occupations That Exposed Workers To Asbestos
Certain occupations may have put their workers at risk of asbestos exposure. These could include:
- Mineral manufacturing
- Chemical plants
- Steel manufacturing
If you worked in one of these occupations and developed symptoms associated with mesothelioma, you may be able to recover compensation.
Consult With a Saint Paul Mesothelioma Attorney
At TSR Injury Law, we understand the difficult time you and your family must be facing after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Although no amount of money can make up for what happened, it may help ease some of the financial hardships associated with treatment. Our firm has obtained $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to guide you throughout the legal process if you have a case.
Discuss your situation in a free consultation with a dedicated St. Paul mesothelioma attorney. There are no upfront fees. We only get paid if we help you recover compensation.
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