Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyer
One of the most difficult things anyone can hear is that they have cancer. The diagnosis changes everything. We understand that nothing can buy back health, but compensation from a Virginia mesothelioma lawsuit can help cover your medical expenses, financial losses, and pain and suffering so that you can focus on what’s most important to you.
The principal attorney at the Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates has both a legal and medical degree from Georgetown University, making him uniquely qualified to take on the most complex personal injury claims, such as those related to mesothelioma.
With over 30 years of legal experience, Dr. Wilson brings extensive knowledge and insight to every case he handles. His dedication to his clients and his commitment to hard work have helped him recover more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured people.
Don’t hesitate to contact the compassionate legal team at the Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates for a free consultation. Call us or reach out to us online today. We’re ready to review your case and help you understand your best options.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of aggressive cancer that forms in the mesothelium, the thin lining that covers most of the body’s organs. The four types of mesothelioma are categorized according to where the cancer first shows up and the types of cancer cells involved.
The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which develops in the tissue that surrounds the lungs. Mesothelioma can also develop in the tissue surrounding the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), in the sac surrounding the heart (pericardial mesothelioma), and in the tissue surrounding the testicles (paratesticular mesothelioma).
The symptoms of mesothelioma may depend on where the mesothelioma developed. Researchers have found that more than three out of four mesothelioma cases are pleural mesotheliomas, appearing in the lining of the lungs.
People with mesothelioma in the lungs may develop:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the lower back or ribs
- Pain from breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Weight loss
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fever and night sweats
- Lumps under the skin over the ribs
There is no cure for mesothelioma, and a patient’s prognosis may depend on the type of cancer cells found. However, combining surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy has allowed many people to live longer.
What Causes Mesothelioma?
The primary cause of mesothelioma cancer is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in products for its heat-resistant properties. The mineral is an effective insulator and has been incorporated into materials to make them stronger.
Despite years of research demonstrating the risk of asbestos exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to entirely ban asbestos in the U.S. Asbestos is highly toxic when ingested or inhaled. After inhalation, the asbestos fibers can cause scarring, inflammation, and genetic damage, leading to uncontrolled cell growth and, eventually, mesothelioma.
While the EPA and the U.S. government have taken measures to reduce the populations’ exposure to the toxic chemical, asbestos was used in construction materials, homes, buildings, and military ships for many years. Construction workers, demolition crews, and renovators are still at risk of asbestos exposure when their work isn’t performed carefully and according to specific guidelines.
In addition, asbestos is still being used in some materials, such as roofing materials, gaskets, and brake pads.
There are several risk factors for developing mesothelioma. These include:
- Known exposure to asbestos
- Living with someone who works with asbestos, since the particles can attach to clothing and skin and be brought home
- Working in construction or heavy industry
- Serving on military ships
- Living in residential areas near contaminated sites or an asbestos mine
- Removing or moving asbestos during home renovation without proper safety equipment
Common Mesothelioma-Causing Sites in Virginia
Studies have found a higher incidence of mesothelioma in areas where workers may have a higher risk of contact with asbestos, such as coal mining, power plants, and chemical plants.
Some of the worksites in Virginia that have been linked to asbestos in the past include:
- Westvaco Paper Mill
- West Virginia Pulp & Paper (Westvaco)
- Franklin Printing Company
- Dutch Gap Power Plant
- Allied Chemical Plant
- Virginia Electric & Power
- Newport News Naval Shipyard
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in Virginia
Medical treatment for mesothelioma is expensive. Filing a personal injury lawsuit may help cover your current and future medical expenses. An experienced and skilled Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can also seek compensation for lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Our Virginia mesothelioma legal team is prepared to manage every aspect of your case. We’ll conduct a meticulous investigation and gather the evidence we need to support your claim. Mesothelioma cases are complex, and every client’s needs are unique. However, Dr. Michael Wilson has both the medical and legal knowledge necessary to build a strong argument on behalf of his clients to help them meet their legal goals.
To file a lawsuit in Virginia, it’s important to be aware of statute of limitations laws in place which limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. Victims filing a personal injury lawsuit have two years from the date of discovery of their illness to file a personal injury claim. There is also a two-year deadline to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died as a result of mesothelioma due to their asbestos exposure.
How to Get Legal Help
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, don’t hesitate to talk to a knowledgeable attorney. Dr. Wilson is a caring and compassionate attorney who will review the medical and legal issues involved in your case to help you understand your legal options so you can make educated decisions.
Dr. Wilson works closely with every client and takes the time to understand their goals and needs. He also provides his cell phone number to his clients so they can reach him to review their questions and concerns. In addition, when you work with the Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates, you will not be charged attorney’s fees unless and until you receive a financial award.
Contact the offices of our Virginia mesothelioma lawyer today. Don’t wait until it’s too late to file a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia. Call our offices or contact us online for a free consultation.