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Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. A diagnosis of mesothelioma is life-shattering. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation from employers or companies who exposed you to asbestos. Meirowitz & Wasserberg is an experienced and award-winning firm that specializes in representing individuals and families affected by this disease. You and your loved ones can rely on our attorneys to ensure you can present the right evidence within the required timeframe and receive the most money possible.

Written by: Daniel Wasserberg
Daniel Wasserberg became an Asbestos & NYC personal injury lawyer because he was motivated to assist victims of injustice by fighting corporate entities that value profit over the public’s health and welfare. Mr. Wasserberg has been appointed one of “The Top 10 Asbestos Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers.
Daniel Wasserberg became an Asbestos & NYC personal injury lawyer because he was motivated to assist victims of injustice by fighting corporate entities that value profit over the public’s health and welfare. Mr. Wasserberg has been appointed one of “The Top 10 Asbestos Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers.
Daniel Wasserberg became an Asbestos & NYC personal injury lawyer because he was motivated to assist victims of injustice by fighting corporate entities that value profit over the public’s health and welfare. Mr. Wasserberg has been appointed one of “The Top 10 Asbestos Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers.
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“When somebody is diagnosed with mesothelioma the question is not whether they were exposed to asbestos in their lifetime; it’s how and when!”

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It forms in the mesothelium, the thin, clear membrane surrounding internal organs. 

The common type of the disease is pleural mesothelioma, a cancer that forms in the membrane surrounding the lungs. Another type is peritoneal mesothelioma, which forms in the abdomen. 

Pericardial mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of the disease that begins in the pericardium, the membrane surrounding the heart. Another rare type of the disease is testicular mesothelioma, which forms in the membrane surrounding the testicles.

Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined globally. Throughout much of the 20th century, until the 1970s, asbestos was generally considered a miracle product because of its strength, fire resistance, and lightweight qualities.

The fiber was widely used in the construction, manufacturing, automotive, and shipbuilding industries. Asbestos can be found in roofing, flooring, insulating, and plumbing materials.
 Asbestos tends to break easily into tiny, microscopic fibers. When inhaled or ingested, the fibers can become embedded into bodily tissue. This provokes an inflammatory response, However, because asbestos is such a stable mineral, the body isn’t able to destroy it.

Many people were exposed to asbestos at work and through home remodeling projects. During any of these types of activities, asbestos fibers can become disturbed and airborne. 

Individuals exposed to these fibers may be diagnosed with mesothelioma, but the latency period—how long it takes to develop the disease—can be decades later. It’s also possible for family members to be “secondarily” exposed to asbestos fibers from the clothing worn home by those in the trades.

Common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty swallowing
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Typical symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Scans like X-rays and CT scans can determine if a diagnosing biopsy is needed to confirm that you have mesothelioma.

Asbestos can also cause other diseases and cancers, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Our NYC asbestos lawyers can assist victims of asbestos in getting the compensation they deserve.

Why You Need a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Just as you need an experienced doctor specializing in mesothelioma, you will also want an attorney who has successfully represented patients and their families in mesothelioma cases. Mesothelioma cases tend to be extremely complicated and require highly specialized knowledge to navigate the litigation process.

Having a lawyer takes a significant burden off you and your family.   Your lawyer will do the following:

Your case may involve a long list of defendants, including companies that manufactured and sold asbestos-containing products or companies that exposed workers to asbestos at their job sites. They and their insurers may seek to delay and pay you as little as possible. The lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg have a strong record in these cases and will fight to get the compensation you deserve.

Asbestos suppliers and product manufacturers may have filed for bankruptcy, in which case your attorney can submit claims to recoup compensation from their asbestos bankruptcy trust funds.

What to Expect When Working with Meirowitz & Wasserberg

The experienced attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg will support and guide you throughout your case. The first step in the process is an initial consultation and case evaluation. Your attorney will learn more about your diagnosis and history of asbestos exposure

To build a strong case, your lawyer will collect evidence that will assist in negotiating a settlement or jury verdict. This evidence includes medical records, diagnostic testing reports, documentation of your exposure to asbestos-containing products, and your employment history.

It’s important to have a skilled attorney representing you throughout this process. The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg have experience negotiating with insurance companies and large corporations. If your case does not settle and proceeds to trial, our attorneys have the expertise and skill to put on the best case possible, hopefully resulting in a large jury verdict in your favor.

You will find the best mesothelioma law firm at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. We have more than 30 years of combined experience handling asbestos cases. We have access to such important resources as internal company documents, an extensive network of asbestos exposure experts, and our comprehensive database of asbestos companies and products. 

We have a long track record of successful results, including a $32 million asbestos exposure verdict and a $5 million mesothelioma settlement. Although each case is different, our firm strives for the best possible outcomes for our clients.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Mesothelioma Lawyer?

There is no upfront cost to hiring a mesothelioma lawyer. When you receive a settlement or jury verdict, the firm representing your case will be paid a certain percentage of the recovery. If you don’t receive any compensation, neither does your lawyer.

Mesothelioma Lawyer FAQs

Plaintiff’s attorneys represent individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease. They act on behalf of individuals seeking compensation from companies that sold asbestos-containing products or exposed their workers to asbestos at job sites.

When deciding on a mesothelioma lawyer, having an attorney with experience in these particular cases is important. Your attorney should have years of experience litigating asbestos cases in court, so if your case goes to trial, you will have the best chance of winning a large jury verdict.

You also want an attorney who has relationships with the attorneys and insurers on the opposing side to negotiate settlements.

The lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg are experienced NYC mesothelioma lawyers with a proven track record of successful results.

A mesothelioma lawyer is a personal injury lawyer, but not all personal injury lawyers are mesothelioma lawyers. A personal injury lawyer represents victims in car accidents and slip and fall cases.

A mesothelioma lawyer specializes in cases in which someone is suffering from or has died from mesothelioma, which can be a much more complex condition to litigate.

Yes, a settlement or jury verdict would compensate you for the costs associated with your treatment, including past medical bills and the expense of any future necessary treatment.

Depending on the court your case is filed in, you may have a trial date scheduled a year or two from when your attorney files the case. Insurance companies defending businesses that manufactured or sold the asbestos-containing products will try to delay your trial as long as possible.

You will want experienced representation to keep delays to a minimum and pressure the other side to settle.

Learn more about the Timeline of Mesothelioma Lawsuits.

Mesothelioma is a disease with a long latency period, and it could take decades from exposure to asbestos before you get a diagnosis. The statute of limitations—the deadline for filing your case—depends on the state where you will be filing your case. The statute of limitations is defined by law, and while it changes by state, it is normally calculated from the date you receive the diagnosis of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

The state of New York allows three years from the date of diagnosis to file a personal injury claim for a mesothelioma lawsuit. If your loved one passed away from mesothelioma, you only have two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death claim.

The exact deadline for your case is something that your attorney will discuss with you during an initial consultation.

You will want to find a trustworthy lawyer licensed in your area, so conduct interviews and research lawyers who have won cases in this type of suit. Look for a lawyer who only takes a fee if they win your case. The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg will personally get to know you and your case and be with you every step of the way.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. Contact Meirowitz & Wasserberg today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how our experienced mesothelioma lawyers can help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.

Call us at 212-897-1988 or visit our website to learn more.

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