Atlanta Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorneys
Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and asbestos has been found in various locations around Atlanta over the decades. Unfortunately, there was a time when individuals did not understand the harm asbestos could cause. Remnants of asbestos remain, and property owners should take steps to remove asbestos or keep individuals away from asbestos-affected areas. At Butler Prather, LLP, our team is here to help if you need an Atlanta asbestos and mesothelioma attorney about your side. If you have been affected by this substance and cancer, we want to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Butler Prather, LLP for Your Claim?
- At Butler Prather, LLP, we have been helping Atlanta injury victims and grieving families throughout Georgia since 1988, and we have an impressive track record of results.
- We treat every client with the dignity and respect they deserve. When you work with us, you will always work with an attorney who has your best interests in mind.
- Our team will not hesitate to stand up to insurance carriers, and we have no problem taking a case to trial if that is necessary to recover the compensation you need.
Atlanta Asbestos and Mesothelioma Resources & FAQs
Asbestos Exposure Can Happen in a Variety of Ways in Atlanta
Most asbestos exposure cases revolve around the workplace. Those who work hard every day for themselves and their families should never have to worry about becoming exposed to a cancer-causing material on a regular basis. Unfortunately, how many older buildings have not been remediated properly or at all, leaving individuals exposed to this cancer-causing asbestos. The most common types of industries affected by asbestos exposure include:
- Construction, demolition, or roofing
- Military jobs
Asbestos exposure is not relegated to employees. Any individual who regularly has contact with asbestos could end up suffering from mesothelioma. This can include school children (most schools have taken care of asbestos exposure, but that does not mean that students from the 70s, 80s, and 90s were adequately cared for). Additionally, according to the Cleveland Clinic, individuals who laundered clothing containing asbestos fibers, or those who live in areas with a high level of airborne asbestos, are also at risk of contracting mesothelioma.
How Does Mesothelioma Affect Individuals?
Mesothelioma refers to tumors that affect the mesothelium, which is a tissue that makes up the lining of hollow areas or cavities protecting certain organs. Mesothelioma can affect the following:
- The pleura that surrounds the lungs
- The peritoneum, which surrounds other organs in the abdomen and pelvic area
- The pericardium, which surrounds the heart
- The tunica vaginalis that surrounds the testicles
There are different types of mesothelioma, including malignant mesothelioma, which is cancerous. This type of cancer is associated with exposure to asbestos, and men in the age range of 50 to 60 represent most diagnoses of this cancer. Often, it takes more than two decades for symptoms of mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Depending on the location of the mesothelioma that has developed, symptoms will vary. The most common form of mesothelioma that individuals know about is the type of cancer that affects the pleura around the lungs. Individuals who have developed this mesothelioma will likely experience the following symptoms:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Continued and worsening coughing
Those that develop mesothelioma around the lining of their abdomen may experience a loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and swelling in the abdominal area. Anyone who experiences mesothelioma around the pericardium surrounding the heart will likely experience chest pain or discomfort, heart palpitations, normal heartbeat disruptions, and chest pain.
Can You Recover Compensation After Asbestos Exposure in Atlanta, GA?
It may be possible to recover compensation after asbestos exposure in Atlanta. For those who have developed mesothelioma, there will undoubtedly be a high financial cost to this type of diagnosis. This is a cancer, and it requires various types of treatment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma. There are often significant lifestyle changes individuals have to undergo, and these changes must be taken into account.
Our goal is to recover economic and non-economic compensation for clients affected by mesothelioma. We want to build a strong case and help clients recover the following:
- Compensation for any medical bills associated with the mesothelioma treatment
- Coverage of lost wages if a person is unable to work as a result of the diagnosis and treatment
- Physical pain suffering damages
- Emotional and psychological pain and suffering damages
What Type of Proof Will Your Attorney Need to Win the Case?
Mesothelioma claims can be challenging, mainly because individuals do not realize they have been affected by asbestos until decades after the exposure. There will need to be an extensive investigation into the incident in order to determine liability for the asbestos exposure.
A skilled Atlanta, GA asbestos exposure attorney will work to backtrack the individual’s steps through the decades. They will examine their employment history and any other area where they could have been exposed to asbestos. The goal is to definitively show that a person was exposed to asbestos at some point and that they later developed mesothelioma. It is very likely that any alleged at-fault party will put up a fight from having to pay out compensation, but that may not be possible if the company, entity, or agency has already been a party to asbestos-related lawsuits. A lawyer may be able to show a pattern of exposure and mesothelioma cases with a specific entity.
Call an Atlanta Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
If you or somebody you care about has been exposed to asbestos and is suffering from mesothelioma, you need to turn to an Atlanta personal attorney immediately. At Butler Prather, LLP, we have extensive experience handling asbestos exposure cases, and we know what it takes to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Act quickly so we can get to work investigating your claim. When you need an Atlanta asbestos and mesothelioma attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling (866) 615-8140.