Why You Should Hire a Local Lawyer for Your Mesothelioma Case
As a natural, heat-resistant mineral, asbestos was once widely used in insulation, roofing materials, and automotive parts before its dangers were discovered. While its use has significantly declined in the United States, it is still legally imported, used, and sold despite its known health risks. Unfortunately, due to the types of businesses and industries found in West Virginia and around the nation — from coal mining and power plants to refineries and consumer product manufacturers — many people have been exposed to asbestos at work or at home; and in far too many cases, that exposure has resulted in malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer. Because laws vary for the type of evidence required in civil lawsuits related to mesothelioma and asbestos — and because there are unique circumstances related to asbestos use around the nation — it is wise to select an experienced lawyer to represent you in your mesothelioma personal injury case.
Mesothelioma, caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, affects the tissues covering the lungs, abdomen or heart. Based on data collected between 1999 and 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed West Virginia among the states with the highest malignant mesothelioma age-adjusted death rate.
Companies and product manufacturers that expose workers or consumers to asbestos can be held liable for the medical bills and other expenses associated with mesothelioma. Under West Virginia state law, for example, people seeking compensation for malignant mesothelioma must meet certain requirements when providing evidence in a court of law. Mandatory evidence includes:
- A report from a qualified, board-certified physician confirming a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma and showing that asbestos exposure was a substantial contributing factor.
- A thorough review of the plaintiff’s medical problems and the most probable causes of those problems.
- Details of the plaintiff’s exposure to asbestos and verification that the first exposure was at least 15 years before the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma.
- Credible evidence of an identifiable exposure to asbestos either in the workplace, through fibers brought into the home by a worker occupationally exposed to asbestos, or by living in the proximate vicinity of a factory, shipyard, building demolition site, or another operation that regularly released asbestos into the air.
Our skilled lawyers, based in West Virginia, understand the work performed by these laborers, the dangers they face, and the values they hold dear. At Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, we take a personalized approach while building strong, evidence-based cases for malignant mesothelioma sufferers who have been exposed to asbestos. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, call us at 800-876-5529 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with an experienced attorney.