Mesothelioma Lawyers in New Orleans

An aggressive and malignant type of cancer that can develop in the lining that surrounds the lungs, heart and abdomen, mesothelioma has no cure. People who suffer from mesothelioma also have very poor prognoses. This cancer is caused by asbestos exposure and may take up to 50 years after the exposure to develop. When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, they might benefit by consulting with experienced mesothelioma lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our firm understands how to build these types of cases in such a manner that those who are responsible may be held to be liable for the harms that they have caused.

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How common are mesothelioma cases?

Fortunately, mesothelioma is rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2,400 and 2,800 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. From 1999 to 2015, 45,221 people died from malignant melanoma in the U.S. The number of deaths increased during that time period. In 1999, 2,479 people died from the disease while in 2015, 2,597 succumbed to mesothelioma.

What causes mesothelioma in New Orleans?

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, which is made up of six different types of fibrous minerals that are resistant to fire, electricity and heat. Because of those properties, asbestos was widely used for insulation materials, roofing shingles and house shingles. In addition to the construction industry, asbestos is also used in automotive, military and other industrial jobs. Workers may inhale the tiny fibers into their lungs when they work with asbestos. They may also carry the fibers home on their clothing, leading their family members to be exposed and to develop mesothelioma.

What it means to have mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is debilitating. People who have the disease may suffer substantial weight loss and feel fatigued all of the time. They may also have a very difficult time breathing and experience chronic pain. People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma may also feel angry, confused and become depressed. It is common for people to experience anxiety and high levels of stress as they deal with end-of-life issues.

Common symptoms and outcomes of mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear for up to 50 years after the person was exposed. The symptoms of the disease may include the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Swelling in the neck or face
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Anemia
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Fever

The prognosis for a person who is diagnosed with mesothelioma is very poor. Most people who are diagnosed with the disease will live for a year or less. While some may live longer, a majority of people who are diagnosed with the disease will die within five years of receiving their diagnoses. The outcomes depend on the stage of the disease when it is diagnosed and its location.

How to take legal action when mesothelioma results from someone else’s negligence

Mesothelioma cases may be filed as personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death claims, depending on who is filing the claims. People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma file personal injury claims while families of people who are killed by mesothelioma file wrongful death claims. It is important for people to understand the statutes of limitations in Louisiana. The state has a one-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury or wrongful death claims. In the case of a personal injury claim, a person who is diagnosed with mesothelioma only has one year within which to file the claim after the diagnosis. Wrongful death claims likewise have a one-year statute of limitations.

Since it can be difficult to determine when and where the asbestos exposure happened, you may want to get help from a mesothelioma attorney. A lawyer may thoroughly investigate your case so that he or she can help you to pinpoint when you were exposed and where you were working when you were. This might help you to identify the defendants that you should name in your lawsuit.

The lawsuits are commenced by filing formal civil complaints in the appropriate jurisdiction. The complaints and summons must then be served on the defendants. The defendants will be granted time to respond to the complaints. After they do, the cases enter a period called discovery during which both sides exchange information. It is rare for mesothelioma cases to proceed to trial. Many are settled prior to trial. If they do go to trial, the plaintiffs have the burden of proving the negligence of the defendants by a preponderance of the evidence.

When to contact a Mesothelioma lawyer in New Orleans

The statutes of limitations are quite short, making it important for you to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your diagnosis or after your loved one’s diagnosis. Contact our New Orleans law firm today to schedule your consultation with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer.


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