Factors to Consider when Hiring a Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Attorney

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Feb 10, 2016 3:33:00 PM

mesothelioma_attorney.jpgMesothelioma cases are complex from both a medial and legal standpoint. Many of the complexities arise from the fact that multiple asbestos manufacturers are often involved, and exposure often occurred decades before the onset of symptoms. The legal process requires thorough investigation in order to obtain justice and compensation in a timely fashion. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can identify all liable parties and pursue every detail of the case to maximize a family’s recovery.

How can patients and their families ensure they are selecting the right attorney? Below are a few important factors to consider when looking for legal help.

1. Proven Track Record

An experienced attorney has obtained successful mesothelioma verdicts and settlements for many years. A track record of success not only demonstrates an attorney’s ability to win against asbestos companies, but it also shows his or her depth of knowledge with regard to various legal issues involving asbestos.

Law firms with decades of experience will also have detailed records of asbestos products as well as information about past claims, manufacturers, exposed workplaces and more. These documents help identify the details of an individual’s exposure as well as the parties that may be responsible.

2. Personal Comfort with the Legal Team

Mesothelioma patients and their families will have to discuss personal details with their attorney. It is very important to be comfortable communicating not only with the lawyer, but also with his or her legal team.

Past clients often write reviews about their attorney or send letters after their case has concluded. Client feedback can be an excellent indication of a lawyer’s overall rapport with his or her clients.

3. Legal Fees

A mesothelioma attorney should work on a contingency fee basis, which means clients pay nothing until they receive compensation. Contingency fees are typically based on a percentage of compensation plaintiffs obtain from the lawsuit.

Contact our firm for assistance if you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma. We are eager and prepared to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have.

 

Topics: Mesothelioma, Asbestos Exposure

Fighting for Asbestos Victims: Larry Cohan Speaks Out Against House Bill

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 15, 2016 3:30:00 PM
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Larry Cohan has been advocating for Pennsylvania
asbestos victims for decades.

On January 11, 2016, Anapol Weiss Shareholder Larry Cohan testified before the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee on behalf of Pennsylvania asbestos disease victims. He spoke before the Committee to oppose House Bill No. 1428, which would benefit asbestos suppliers while limiting the rights of people who have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

The bill represents an attempt by the asbestos industry to delay and deny compensation to asbestos victims and to cripple the operation of asbestos trusts, which were established to provide compensation.

Currently, asbestos victims and their families can file suit against non-bankrupt asbestos suppliers as well as against bankruptcy trusts. The trusts have a pre-approved “scheduled value” as well as a pre-approved percentage of that amount, which the victim actually receives. The proposed bill would give the asbestos companies control over victims’ bankruptcy process submissions and provide the companies with an offset against any verdict against them in the amount of the scheduled value of the bankruptcy trust claim, rather than the actual percentage paid to the victim. In other words, a victim might receive $10,000 in compensation from a bankruptcy trust, but the non-bankrupt defendants would receive a $100,000 credit against any judgment against them.

Cohan argued that if the bill is passed into law, the asbestos companies would have complete control of the course of the litigation – even though they were the ones whose products caused these deadly diseases. Their ability to delay the litigation means that many asbestos victims will likely pass away before their cases even reach trial. Asbestos product identification would then become extremely difficult, and those victims will never have an opportunity to achieve resolution before their death. In addition, victims and their families would receive a fraction of what their case is worth – and far less than what other victims received historically for the same catastrophic injuries.

Cohan will continue to oppose House Bill No. 1428 and fight for the rights of asbestos disease victims in Pennsylvania.

Topics: Mesothelioma, Asbestos Exposure

What is Asbestos?

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Dec 8, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Asbestos is a mined mineral that has been used for insulation for more than 100 years. Asbestos fibers can travel to a person’s lungs and cause deadly cancers, scarring and painful breathing difficulties.

Despite the suffering and deaths of about 10,000 of people every year, companies that sold asbestos products continued to sell it for more than 100 years.

Aside from a few anomalies, mesothelioma is caused only by asbestos. About eight people die every day from it. Mesothelioma lung cancer puts patients on a rapid, severe and deadly course for an average of four to 18 months before they pass away.

Many people were exposed while working in an industry in which asbestos was used, such as plumbing, pipefitting, construction, ship building and asbestos mining. The latency period between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis can range from 20 to 40 years, so many people will be unsuspecting victims for years to come.

I may have a Mesothelioma lawsuit. What do I do?

Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit requires a skilled team that can track down the responsible product or products, the length of exposure, and any available witnesses. If you are a victim of asbestos exposure, get the professional representation you need from the experienced mesothelioma lawyers at Anapol Weiss.

Topics: Mesothelioma

Four Important Questions about Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Dec 2, 2015 2:30:00 PM

A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. Victims and their families dealing with this situation may feel powerless, but they can get assistance and take action in order to obtain justice and much needed compensation.

Below is a breakdown of the lawsuit process and common questions about filing a claim.

mesothelioma_questions.jpgWho Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Mesothelioma sufferers and their family may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit to seek damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

How does the Mesothelioma Lawsuit Process Work?

To maximize a person's success in court, the mesothelioma team at Anapol Weiss will investigate several vital pieces of information including:

  1. The party responsible for your asbestos exposure
  2. When the asbestos exposure occurred
  3. The location of the exposure, i.e. construction sites, mines, shipyards, etc.

An experienced attorney will work closely with clients and use this information to build a strong case.

Why Should I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

While scientists knew about the risks of asbestos as far back as the 1930s, industries continued to use it through the 1970s. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there’s a chance somebody endangered your health for the sake of making a profit. In addition to obtaining justice, you and your family will need assistance in the months and years to come to deal with the unexpected costs resulting from mesothelioma.

Where Do I Start?

Contact our mesothelioma lawyers for assistance. There are state laws that put a time limit on bringing a claim and obtaining compensation, so it's important to protect your family's legal rights right away.

Anapol Weiss has an outstanding team of attorneys and staff who for decades have been successfully advocating for mesothelioma victims. They can help you take the first step toward justice.

Topics: Mesothelioma

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