Bailey & Glasser, LLP is dedicated to helping mesothelioma victims and their families pursue the justice and financial compensation that they deserve for their serious illnesses. Mesothelioma is a preventable type of cancer that can develop when a victim is exposed to asbestos. Our Wyoming mesothelioma attorneys can carefully review your case, explain your rights and guide you through the legal process. We care about our clients and will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us to begin with a free case consultation.
Why Choose Our Mesothelioma Attorneys?
- We are knowledgeable attorneys with years of experience representing mesothelioma victims. Our law firm has handled over 3,000 asbestos-related cases.
- Our attorneys offer personalized attention to each client. We know every mesothelioma case is unique and will take the time to understand your individual situation and goals.
- You won’t pay us any upfront fees. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will only get paid if we win your mesothelioma case.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos refers to a group of six minerals that are naturally occurring and were mined for use in consumer products for much of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Asbestos was used by manufacturing companies due to its ability to resist heat, flame and corrosion. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos can cause deadly cancers and other chronic illnesses, such as asbestosis. It does this by getting stuck inside the inner tissues of the body, where it can cause enough damage over the years to result in cancer.
Consumer products that were often made using asbestos include:
- Automotive parts, such as brakes
- Boilers and furnaces
- Building materials
- Ceiling and floor tiles
- Cement sheets
- Friction products
- Household items
- Roofing materials
- Ships and shipbuilding materials
- Spackling and joint compounds
Asbestos became regulated in the U.S. in the 1970s. However, millions of products had already been made and distributed that contained asbestos. These products can still cause mesothelioma today if they are damaged or disturbed and send asbestos dust or particles into the air. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for mesothelioma. Treatment options are generally limited to managing symptoms and improving a patient’s quality of life. However, early detection and treatment can improve survival rates.
Mesothelioma Statistics for Wyoming
Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 15,485 new cases of mesothelioma in the U.S. from 2015 to 2019. By contrast, 1,269,223 people were diagnosed with female breast cancer in the same time period. The average number of new cases of mesothelioma each year is approximately 3,127, based on data collected by the CDC from 1999 to 2018.
Wyoming typically does not have a high number of mesothelioma cases. From 2015 to 2019, Wyoming had 36 new cases of mesothelioma and 24 people who died from this disease, according to the CDC. This put Wyoming almost at the bottom of the list of states (number 48) in terms of mesothelioma cases. The majority of cases of mesothelioma in Wyoming that did occur impacted White, non-Hispanic males.
Who Is Most at Risk of Mesothelioma?
Asbestos is never safe to be around. Any amount of asbestos exposure could potentially result in mesothelioma, according to overall evidence gathered by the National Cancer Institute. However, those who are at the highest risk of asbestos-related illnesses are people who are around asbestos regularly, such as on a daily basis in the workplace.
High-risk workers in dangerous occupations for mesothelioma include:
- Asbestos miners
- Asbestos removal professionals
- Auto mechanics
- Building inspectors
- Construction workers
- Factory and power plant workers
- Military servicemembers
- Oil refinery workers
- Shipbuilders and shipyard workers
- Textile mill workers
Working or living in a building that contains asbestos could also put people at risk of developing mesothelioma. Many homes, offices and commercial buildings constructed prior to the 1980s relied on asbestos-containing materials, such as asbestos drywall and insulation, for construction. Any project or renovation that disturbs these materials could send asbestos dust into the air – exposing anyone in the area to the risk of inhaling or ingesting asbestos particles.
Do I Have a Mesothelioma Personal Injury Claim?
Whether or not you qualify for financial compensation as a mesothelioma victim or family member depends on the circumstances. There are multiple legal options available to victims of asbestos exposure. Your eligibility for one or multiple types of claims is something that you can discuss with an attorney prior to accepting an insurance settlement.
Potential legal options for mesothelioma victims include:
- Mesothelioma lawsuit: a personal injury, product liability, premises liability, wrongful death or class action lawsuit filed against one or more parties for negligently causing your illness. A lawsuit could potentially result in a higher amount of mesothelioma compensation than other types of claims, but they take more time to reach resolutions.
- Asbestos trust fund claim: a claim filed against a bankrupt company that is paid out of a fund set up to continue paying victims of asbestos exposure even after bankruptcy. These trusts were established by many companies to pay people for exposure that occurred through their products or facilities.
- Insurance claim: one or more claims filed against insurance companies for the damages suffered, including a health insurance claim, veterans claim for asbestos exposure in the military, workers’ compensation insurance claim for an occupational illness or a Social Security Disability Insurance claim.
Each type of case comes with unique rules, regulations and statutes. Hiring an attorney with experience handling asbestos claims can help you correctly navigate the requirements for your situation. Bailey & Glasser, LLP has the knowledge and experience to assist you and your family with any type of mesothelioma claim or lawsuit. We can go over your legal options in more detail during a free case review.
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A mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. A mesothelioma attorney from Bailey & Glasser, LLP can guide you through each phase of the legal process to help you understand your rights. We can aggressively seek maximum financial compensation for your damages using proven legal strategies while you focus on your future. Our law firm also has the ability to go to trial, when necessary. We will work tirelessly to pursue the case results that you deserve. Call (866) 871-7971 or contact us online to schedule a free case consultation.