Memphis Mesothelioma Attorney
Memphis is widely known as a root of rock and roll music. For many victims, Memphis is also the root of asbestos exposure injuries. Heavy and regular asbestos use in Memphis at its many factories and construction sites spread these toxic fibers throughout the area. The workers who come into contact with asbestos almost daily are at the highest risk for serious asbestos exposure illnesses, like mesothelioma. These diseases are usually fatal.
The determined Memphis mesothelioma attorneys at the Throneberry Law Group not only know the law. Our team knows how to make the law work for families like yours. Asbestos exposure claims are difficult to prove in court. But we have the resources and, more importantly, the determination to build an evidence-based case and keep fighting until we obtain maximum compensation for your serious injuries.Memphis Asbestos Hotspots
We mentioned the spread of asbestos fibers throughout Western Tennessee above. Natural disasters spread asbestos fibers over a wide area. Because mesothelioma has such a long latency period, people who were infected during disasters in the 2010s may not know they are sick until at least the 2060s.
In 2010, a major flood struck parts of Central and Western Tennessee. Many of the flood-damaged homes were built before 1980 when asbestos use was very common. Wastewater treatment plants usually don’t remove toxic substances like asbestos fibers. Therefore, if you live in Memphis, the water you use every day may be contaminated with asbestos fibers.
Such exposure often causes peritoneal (abdominal) mesothelioma. Toxic asbestos fibers cause tumors to form in the mesothelium, or the lining around the abdomen. This kind of mesothelioma is often treatable if doctors catch it early and if the victim can tolerate aggressive surgical procedures. Those are two pretty big “ifs.”
A year later, a huge tornado hit Tennessee and six other states. Health officials said there was a high chance that asbestos was present in the wreckage. Exposure to asbestos in Tennessee and the other states hit by the tornado goes beyond the fibers present in the debris.
No laws dictate how asbestos should be removed and disposed of from single-family homes that were damaged from natural disasters, residents are concerned about the risk of inhaling airborne fibers as homeowners begin the rebuilding process.
Inhaled asbestos fibers usually cause pleural (lung) mesothelioma. A tumor usually develops between the lungs and the heart. Due to its location, doctors usually cannot treat these tumors with high-dose radiation therapy. The radiation causes too much collateral damage. If doctors cannot shrink the tumor, they usually cannot remove it. As a result, pleural mesothelioma’s five-year survival rate is less than 10%.Your Legal Options
A Memphis mesothelioma lawyer typically files workers’ compensation claims on behalf of renovation, demolition, and other construction worker direct exposure victims.
Workers’ compensation usually pays reasonably necessary medical bills and replaces lost wages. These benefits apply to both prior and future losses. Victims need not prove negligence or fault. They must only prove the asbestos exposure was work-related.
Indirect exposure victims, like household exposure victims, normally file civil lawsuits against the responsible asbestos provider. These providers have a legal duty to contain hazardous substances, like asbestos fibers, and prevent the spread of infection.
Sometimes, these options overlap. In some states, direct and indirect exposure victims may file workers’ compensation and/or civil claims. Furthermore, if the responsible provider is no longer in business, a victim compensation fund claim might be an option.Rely on a Dedicated Memphis Mesothelioma Attorney
Asbestos fibers often cause widespread injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Memphis mesothelioma lawyer, contact the Throneberry Law Group. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we start working for you.