Our Indiana Mesothelioma Attorneys Answer Your Questions
Learn more about our firm and the legal services we provide by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers. If you've suffered injury or disease due to another's negligence, our personal injury and mesothelioma lawyers at George & Farinas, LLP are here to fight for your well-being.
Below, you will learn about our contingency-fee policy and the legal steps we take to pursue compensation on your behalf.
If you have more questions regarding our services or a particular situation you are facing, feel free to contact our experienced attorneys today!
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Q:What is mesothelioma?
A:Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the lining of your internal organs. Most often, mesothelioma affects the pleura, or the lining of your lung. Mesothelioma of the lung is known as pleural mesothelioma, but mesothelioma can also affect your abdominal cavity (peritoneal mesothelioma) or your heart (pericardial mesothelioma). Many people develop mesothelioma after working with or being exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed by X-rays, CT scans, and biopsies. Symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain under the rib cage, difficulty breathing, painful coughing, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain and swelling, and unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest or abdomen.
Q:How do I know if I have a case?
A:First, you must have suffered an injury to your person or property. In the case of an asbestos-related disease, you must have a confirmed diagnosis from a medical physician. Most often, that will involve undergoing a CT exam, chest x-ray and/or Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). Second, you should consider whether your injury was someone else's fault. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to show that the other party was more at fault for the injury than you were.
Q:What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?
A:If an injured individual dies due to their injuries, his or her spouse or children may typically pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party being held responsible for the deceased loved one's accident. If an individual passes away due to an unrelated cause, a personal representative may still continue the claim on his or her behalf. Even if a person filing a lawsuit dies from unrelated causes, a personal representative can continue the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased individual's estate.
Q:Is there a time limit for me to bring a case to court?
A:Yes. Each state has different time limits, called "statutes of limitations" that restrict the amount of time for a person can file a lawsuit. These statutes not only vary by state, but they also vary depending on the type of case or cause of action. It is critical you provide your attorney with the requested information about your case, injury or disease to insure your case is filed within the proper time frame.
Q:How much will it cost to get my case settled?
A:Your initial consultation with a George & Farinas, LLP attorney is entirely free. We will thoroughly investigate your case before advising you of your legal rights at no cost to you. The vast majority of our cases are performed under a contingency fee arrangement. This means that unless money is awarded to you, the lawsuit will cost you no money. There are no financial risks involved when you file a lawsuit with our firm.
Q:What are contingency fees?
A:A contingency fee means you owe no legal fees or expenses until we conclude your case in your favor. If we do not achieve recovery for you, we do not get paid for our legal services. If we are able to achieve recovery for you, then we receive our legal fee as a percentage of your total recovery, and are reimbursed expenses from your portion of the settlement. We believe our clients appreciate the contingent agreement. It allows them to receive the legal assistance they are entitled to, without worry of how they will afford it.
Q:How can contingency fees help me?
A:Our team of Indiana asbestos attorneys takes most cases on a contingency fee basis for two reasons. First, and most obviously, is the freedom it provides you to hire a lawyer without the added stress of flat fees and hourly rates. Many firms earn money by charging for each minute they spend working on the case, which can add up to hundreds of dollars, or more, before you even reach the court house steps.
What kinds of diseases are associated with asbestos exposure?
Asbestos exposure can lead to several types of cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. It can also cause a chronic lung disease called asbestosis, which is characterized by permanent scarring of the lung tissue and shortness of breath. While the health effects of asbestos exposure are most obvious in the lungs, the substance has also been linked to colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Asbestos in cosmetic talc and baby powder has also been associated with ovarian cancer.
How long does it take for symptoms to emerge?
The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases take time to emerge, especially the symptoms of lung cancer. Asbestos damages your body over long periods, which means diseases can take a long time to develop. For asbestos diseases, this ‘latency period’ is typically thought to be at least 10 years between the time of first exposure and the development of disease. Common symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue, headache, and weight loss.
I was recently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. Can I focus on my medical treatment before filing a lawsuit?
Making good decisions about your medical health should be your number one priority. However, it is important to evaluate your legal options as soon as possible, even while you are undergoing treatment. As mentioned above, the law provides for a limited window of opportunity to bring a lawsuit, called a "statute of limitations." In many states, such as Indiana, it is no more than two (2) years from the date of your diagnosis. In some status, such as Kentucky, it is only one (1) year. Also, the sooner you act, the sooner you may receive compensation to assist you with medical bills and other financial difficulties. Finally, if you have been injured yourself, you are the best witness in your case. It is important to preserve your memories in the form of legal testimony about your work history and exposure to asbestos.