Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring minerals. Exposure to asbestos can have deadly effects including the rare cancer mesothelioma.
You Need the Best Mesothelioma Lawyers On Your Side
Why Choose Baron & Budd Over Other Mesothelioma Law Firms?
When you hire Baron & Budd, you have our dedicated team of mesothelioma litigators, researchers, medical experts, and private investigators fighting for you.
- Our law firm pioneered mesothelioma lawsuit claims beginning in the 1970’s, representing some of the first mesothelioma victims.
- Our attorneys represent families anywhere in the U.S.
- We continue fighting every day to secure mesothelioma compensation for victims like you because we care.
- When our attorneys walk into the courtroom, the other attorneys representing asbestos companies know we can take the fight to the largest companies in the world..
That’s why you should hire Baron & Budd attorneys for your mesothelioma claim.
Mesothelioma Cancer Information
If you’re on the fence or considering whether to hire a mesothelioma lawyer, here’s a little bit more information about mesothelioma to help you understand the unique circumstances and risk factors of asbestos exposure for this type of cancer. Mesothelioma is a very serious but rare form of malignant cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposures. The most common forms of mesothelioma are:
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs (called the pleura). Peritoneal mesothelioma is a type of abdominal asbestos cancer that starts in the lining of the abdominal cavity (called the peritoneum).
Other types include pericardial mesothelioma (affecting the heart), and the rarest form — testicular mesothelioma.
More Mesothelioma Facts
Did you know that even brief or minimal exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma?
Unfortunately, it’s true. For example, in several cases, we have represented mesothelioma victims who are wives and children of workers who unknowingly brought asbestos dust into their homes on their work clothes (called second-hand asbestos exposure).
Mesothelioma is a “dose-response” disease.
This means that the more a person is exposed to asbestos, the greater the risk he has for developing the disease.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period.
This means that victims of mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos many years before the cancer developed. The average latency period for mesothelioma is approximately 30 years but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years.
Related Asbestos Diseases
Victims of mesothelioma may also have another asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or pleural disease. These non-cancerous conditions, although caused by asbestos, are medically separate and distinct diseases from mesothelioma. Therefore, a disease such as asbestosis does not “develop” into mesothelioma.
Because asbestosis has a shorter latency period than mesothelioma, some mesothelioma victims also develop asbestosis many years before developing the cancer. Medical experts believe that less than 15% of asbestosis victims will ever develop mesothelioma. Also, a person can develop mesothelioma but never have asbestosis or any other asbestos-related disease.
Exposure by State
Experience Matters In Asbestos Lawsuits
Baron & Budd’s asbestos litigation lawyers were among the first in the country to take on an asbestos-related case, more than 40 years ago, and our dedication to helping mesothelioma victims has only increased over the years. Today Baron & Budd’s team of dedicated mesothelioma lawyers works across the nation, winning many precedent-setting cases and handling many mesothelioma claims. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are likely entitled to compensation from those responsible. Make sure you have the best mesothelioma attorneys on your side throughout the legal process.
Mesothelioma litigation has attracted many lawyers who have never set foot in a courtroom. Unlike Baron & Budd, these types of “marketing” lawyers merely advertise for cases and then send them to the highest bidder for handling. When you hire Baron & Budd, you will have a mesothelioma lawyer from our firm handling your case who has decades of experience and substantial resources to help your case.
How is Baron & Budd Different from Other Mesothelioma Law Firms?
The cornerstone of our practice has long been mesothelioma. Our mesothelioma lawyers are still fighting for the rights of victims and their families more than 40 years later.
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What is Asbestos?
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit FAQs
See answers to common questions people ask us when considering how, if, and when they should hire a mesothelioma lawyer.
How Are People Exposed?
Learn how people are exposed to asbestos and which types of exposure are most common.
Mesothelioma (MESO) Kit
Download complimentary educational resources specially designed for people with mesothelioma and their families.
Veterans & Asbestos
Approximately 30% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the United States military.
Our Legal Representation for Mesothelioma Victims is Different. Here’s How.
- We Pioneered Mesothelioma Litigation
- There is No Upfront Cost to You
- We Travel to You ANYWHERE in the U.S.A.
- We’ve Won Some of the Largest Verdict Awards in the Country
- Dedicated Team of Mesothelioma Lawyers, Medical Experts, & Investigators
- Recognized Among the Best Mesothelioma Attorneys
Many places identify themselves as mesothelioma law firms or attorneys online, most are not telling you the truth.
We’re the real deal.
Who Can File a Lawsuit for Compensation?
Many different people can seek mesothelioma compensation after getting a clinical diagnosis including:
- People Exposed to Asbestos at Work
- Military Veterans Exposed While Serving our Country
- Those Exposed to Asbestos Products
- Mesothelioma Patients that are Victims of Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure
- Anyone Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
We Come to You
We have offices in California, Louisiana, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C., but we travel to all 50 states representing mesothelioma patients and families. We’ve represented clients and families like you in every state, making trips to the hospital and visiting clients at home.
When you hire our mesothelioma law firm, our attorneys do all of the work for you.
If the company that exposed you to the carcinogenic asbestos has a trust fund set up for personal injury claims, you may not need to file a lawsuit to get a mesothelioma settlement.
If you do not want to file a lawsuit because you think you will not be able to fulfill court dates and other obligations, please listen closely.
There are many legal options available to you after a mesothelioma diagnosis, and you do not have to do any work on your end. Our attorneys will handle everything for you.
type of claim you are eligible to file depends on a few factors including the company responsible, how much asbestos you were exposed to and for how long, and whether there was any military exposure. You may be eligible for one or more of these legal claims:<
- VA Mesothelioma Claim
- Filing a Private Lawsuit
- Out-of-Court Settlement or Payout
- Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Fund Payment
In some cases, you might be eligible to file a combination of claims depending on the individual circumstances and the state in which the claim if filed. The mesothelioma settlement amount you agree to is negotiated by our experienced Mesothelioma Lawyers.
There are many types of compensation that you can ask for in a lawsuit, trust fund, or VA claim. Types of compensation that are common in personal injury cases include:
- Medical Bill Reimbursement
- Money for Time Off Work
- Money for Pain, Suffering, and Mental Anguish
- Compensation for the Salary You Would Have Earned from Working if Not Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
- Punitive Damages to Punish the Company for Wrongdoing
If your loved one died from mesothelioma, you may still be able to seek compensation or damages for all of the reasons listed above in a personal injury, product liability, toxic tort, or wrongful death claim.
Eligibility for wrongful death, or after death mesothelioma claims varies by state, so check with our legal team to see if you qualify to file both claims and, if so, how specifically you might be awarded compensation for your loss.
You can ask for compensation for pleural mesothelioma cancer or any of the other less common but equally dangerous types including peritoneal, pericardial, sarcomatoid, epithelial, or other malignant mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, the life expectancy for people after a diagnosis is 12 to 18 months. However, your family, spouse, and other dependents may be able to receive a future settlement in the event that you pass before a mesothelioma settlement or trial award is finalized. Don’t worry.
Our mesothelioma lawyers will make all of the arrangements at the beginning of your case to ensure that your spouse or other family member[s] can receive the money owed to you should you succumb to your illness before the lawsuit finishes.
There is no cost to file a lawsuit because we operate on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us if we win a settlement, trial verdict award, or mesothelioma trust fund payment. We work out all of the details in a written contract, there are no hidden fees and your family will never have to pay anything out-of-pocket.
Yes, and you should. If you hired some other mesothelioma lawyers to handle your case and they botched it, we can file an appeal. You have already been through enough because of negligent asbestos companies, we will make them pay.
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