A mesothelioma diagnosis changes your life forever. You may currently be facing the emotional toll of living with a terminal illness, questions about your condition and what caused it, and the expenses of your necessary medical treatments as you navigate what your life looks like now. At Bailey & Glasser, LLP, we have attorneys and staff who can help you cope with your diagnosis.
Our lawyers provide clients with critical information, legal resources and counsel during mesothelioma claims. We care about our clients and understand what you’re going through. We are here to guide you through the pursuit of justice for your diagnosis. Contact an intake specialist today at (866) 871-7971 to learn more.
Experienced Colorado Mesothelioma Attorneys
When looking for the right lawyer to represent you during a Colorado mesothelioma claim, search for positive past case results to confirm that the attorney knows what he or she is doing. While we never guarantee future results at Bailey & Glasser, LLP, we have a long track record of success that demonstrates our knowledge and skill in litigating cases.
Our past mesothelioma case results include:
- Obtained over $1 million in claim settlements for workers diagnosed with asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos on the job.
- Obtained over $20.8 million in settlements for workers who lost their lives from mesothelioma after occupational asbestos exposure.
- Obtained over $22 million in settlements for workers who died from lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, many of whom were cigarette smokers.
- Obtained a $50 million verdict for the family of a steel mill worker who died from mesothelioma after on-the-job asbestos exposure.
Our attorneys are ready to negotiate with an insurance company or another defendant in pursuit of a fair settlement or case outcome on your behalf. We are also equipped to take mesothelioma lawsuits to trial in Colorado, if necessary. We will do what it takes to effectively handle your claim.
About Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. It most often forms in the membrane that surrounds the lungs (the pleura) or the abdomen (the peritoneum). The life expectancy for a patient with mesothelioma is an average of 12 to 21 months with treatment, according to the National Library of Medicine. The amount of time between the date of asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma (the latency period) is 20-60+ years.
Asbestos is the only definitive cause of mesothelioma. While not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will contract mesothelioma or another type of disease, it is always a potential risk. The National Cancer Institute states that there is no “safe level” of asbestos exposure. Coming into contact with asbestos just one time could result in mesothelioma. However, people who are exposed to asbestos regularly – such as those who work with asbestos-containing products – are at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma by the Numbers in Colorado
The national rate of new mesothelioma diagnoses per year is 3,182, based on aggregated data from 1999 to 2018 collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to mesothelioma data collected from 2015 to 2019, Colorado had 227 new cases of mesothelioma from 2015 to 2019. Over these years, 183 mesothelioma deaths were reported.
The four counties in Colorado with high enough mesothelioma incidence rates to be included on the CDC report were Arapahoe (22 cases, unknown number of deaths), Denver (unknown number of cases, 17 deaths), Jefferson (24 cases, 22 deaths) and El Paso (30 cases, 22 deaths). The majority of people diagnosed were white males.
Who Is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Colorado?
Before the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially confirmed that all six types of asbestos were carcinogenic, meaning they could potentially cause cancer in humans, asbestos was used to manufacture countless consumer products. In Colorado, an individual could be diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or several other illnesses that are related to asbestos after being exposed to it in many different places.
Examples of asbestos-containing products and materials include:
- Building and construction materials
- Vinyl ceiling and floor tiles
- Roofing shingles
- Cement products
- Friction products
- Automotive brakes and gaskets
- Furnace coatings
- Shipbuilding materials
- Paper products
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Adhesives and duct tape
- Insulation materials
- Drywall and wall panels
Anyone who lives in a building that was constructed prior to the 1980s or works in an industry that uses or manufactures these materials in Colorado could be at risk of harmful asbestos exposure. At-risk individuals include construction workers, military members, auto mechanics, firefighters, police officers, shipbuilders, industrial or power plant workers, and teachers. The loved ones of these workers could also be at risk through secondhand exposure, where a worker brings home asbestos fibers on his or her clothing, skin and hair.
Seeking Financial Compensation for Mesothelioma in Colorado
Mesothelioma is a preventable illness. Cases of mesothelioma are often traced back to an individual or company negligently exposing people to asbestos. Financial compensation may be available to victims in these situations through asbestos trust funds, personal injury lawsuits, workers’ compensation claims or veterans’ claims. An attorney can help you explore all of your legal options after being diagnosed with mesothelioma to determine the best route for you.
You may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Present and future medical bills
- Surgeries and chemotherapy
- Palliative or end-of-life care
- Losses of income and the capacity to earn
- Pain, suffering, emotional distress and mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death damages
- Out-of-pocket costs and attorney’s fees
Our team of asbestos attorneys can help you estimate the potential value of your case after analyzing all of your bills, expenses and losses. Then, as your attorneys, we can file the required paperwork to seek fair and full financial compensation through one or more legal outlets on your behalf. We are highly experienced attorneys who always pursue optimal results for our clients. Our litigators are prepared to fight for you.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma in Colorado, help is available from Bailey & Glasser, LLP. We offer compassionate and results-driven legal representation to those diagnosed with mesothelioma from multiple office locations around the country. Call us at (866) 871-7971 or contact us online to speak to an intake specialist today.