A mesothelioma diagnosis can stop your life in its tracks. All of your plans for the future may have to change. By filing a lawsuit for mesothelioma, you can take back some control. You can hold someone accountable for your illness and use your financial recovery to pay for medical care and other necessary expenses. Discover if you have grounds for a claim during a free consultation with a Michigan mesothelioma attorney at Bailey & Glasser, LLP.
Why Choose Us?
- We care about our clients and will work closely with you to pursue your case goals. We use a trial-focused approach to seek the best possible results for each mesothelioma case.
- Our lawyers understand how mesothelioma cases work, including the asbestos laws and regulations in Michigan. We can handle even the most challenging cases.
- We have a reputation nationwide as aggressive and effective attorneys. We have gone up against many powerful defendants and won.
Our Case Results Speak for Themselves
While we never guarantee case results for clients, we have a long history of securing outstanding settlements and verdicts for past mesothelioma cases.
Our mesothelioma and asbestos case results include:
- More than $1 million in claim settlements for workers who developed asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos on the job.
- $20.8 million in settlements for surviving family members of workers who passed away from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at work.
- Over $22 million in settlements for workers who died due to lung cancer after occupational asbestos exposure, many of whom smoked cigarettes.
- $50 million won in a jury verdict for the family of a deceased steel mill worker who died from mesothelioma.
Our law firm works with both in-house attorneys and experts outside of our law firm to pursue the best possible case results for our clients. We will work relentlessly to secure the case outcome that we believe you deserve.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of terminal cancer. The average life expectancy with malignant mesothelioma is currently 12 to 21 months with treatment (source: the National Library of Medicine). This disease is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that naturally occurs in the environment. For many decades prior to being recognized as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1987, asbestos was used in products that were distributed around the world.
Asbestos was relied upon to manufacture many products because of its natural resistance to heat and corrosion. This includes heat and friction products, brake pads, auto parts, construction materials, glues, spackling compounds, cement, insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring tiles, siding, and electrical panels. Being exposed to even a small amount of asbestos could potentially cause mesothelioma. The National Cancer Institute says no level of asbestos exposure is “safe.”
If an asbestos-containing product or material is disturbed, it could release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air. If these fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become lodged in the thin protective membrane that lines most of the internal organs, including the lungs and abdomen. Over time (the average latency period is 20-60+ years), these particles can cause irritation that creates cancer cells. This is known as mesothelioma.
Michigan Mesothelioma Rates
Michigan is one of the top states in the country for mesothelioma cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Michigan had the ninth-highest rate of new cases in the country from 2015 to 2019. In this time span, Michigan reported 563 new cases of mesothelioma and 508 deaths. The majority of new mesothelioma patients were male (428) and White Non-Hispanics (526).
The counties in Michigan with the highest number of mesothelioma cases and deaths are as follows:
|County||Age-Adjusted Rate||New Cases||Deaths||Population|
|Livingston County||1.6||19||Data Suppressed||949,046|
|Saginaw County||1.3||18||Data Suppressed||959,347|
|St. Clair County||1.6||17||19||796,889|
|Washtenaw County||0.9||16||Data Suppressed||1,839,008|
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
When Can You Sue for Asbestos Exposure?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Michigan, an attorney from Bailey & Glasser, LLP can investigate to determine if negligence played a role in your illness. Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care, resulting in harm to others. An example of negligence in a mesothelioma case is an employer failing to properly protect workers from known sources of asbestos exposure. Another example is a property owner failing to warn residents or tenants about asbestos in the building.
If someone else’s negligence gave you mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation. The defendant in your case could be an employer, property owner, product manufacturer or a combination of parties. Your options for seeking compensation could include an individual lawsuit, a settlement or jury verdict, a workers’ compensation claim, a wrongful death claim, an asbestos trust fund claim, or a veterans claim. An attorney can help you determine the best legal outlet for you based on your circumstances.
Compensation for Victims of Mesothelioma in Michigan
A successful mesothelioma claim in Michigan could reimburse a victim for several past and future related losses. These include the cost of mesothelioma treatments and ongoing medical care, losses of income and future capacity to earn, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, grief, loss of consortium, funeral and burial costs, and attorney’s fees.
How much your case might be worth depends on the specific circumstances, such as your age and income prior to your mesothelioma diagnosis. Always request a case evaluation from an attorney before accepting a quick settlement from an insurance company. An attorney can let you know if an insurance company is underestimating the value of your claim and help you negotiate for fair financial compensation.
Contact Bailey & Glasser, LLP for a Free Case Review
You don’t have to go through a mesothelioma claim or lawsuit on your own. The attorneys at Bailey & Glasser, LLP have been representing clients around the country in mesothelioma cases for many years. We have the knowledge, resources and passion for justice to see your case through to the end. Discuss your legal options with our intake specialist today. Contact us online or call (866) 871-7971 for a free consultation.