Over the years, James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. has represented thousands of people suffering from asbestos diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Preparing these cases for settlement or trial involves gathering and organizing lots of information about you and your family.
Much of this information can be obtained from former employers or government agencies, but if you have any of this organization or documents, it can be very helpful to your case. Here are some of the areas we typically explore in developing an asbestos case for lung cancer or mesothelioma:
We will need your current contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address if you have one. If any of these things change, please let us know so that we can update your information in our system. We need to be able to reach you as we work up your case, and if we obtain compensation for you, we need to know where to send your checks.
In preparing your case, we will want to know your medical history in general, and in particular, where and when you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. There are deadlines for filing asbestos claims, so it is very important to know when you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
We also need to know where and when you may have been exposed to asbestos-containing products, what products you may have been exposed to, and how you were exposed. If you cannot remember all of your jobs, we may be able to obtain useful information from the Social Security Administration or your union, but it is still helpful to have copies of any work records you may have, such as company newsletters, pay stubs, tax returns, pictures of you at work, or work logs. Co-workers can also be very helpful in reconstructing your work history.
Although we cannot sue the government for asbestos exposure that may have occurred during your military service, it may be possible to obtain compensation from companies that supplied asbestos-containing products you worked with or around. Although much information may be available from the government, ship books and military records you have can be very helpful, as well as contact information for people you may have served with. At one time, asbestos was commonly used in all branches of the military, especially the Navy.
Smoking does not cause mesothelioma, but it can cause or contribute to the development of lung cancer. Even if you were a smoker, it may be possible to obtain compensation for your lung cancer if you were also exposed to asbestos, because asbestos is also a cause of lung cancer. To develop your case, however, we will need to be familiar with your smoking history.
Family History & Next of Kin
Have other members of your family been exposed to asbestos or developed asbestos-related diseases? If you lived with someone who worked with or around asbestos and brought it home on his or her clothes, you may have a claim for second-hand exposure against his or her employer or the companies that manufactured asbestos-containing materials that he or she worked with or around. The availability of second-hand exposure claims, also known as take-home claims, varies from state to state, so it is important to retain experienced asbestos counsel to help you with your case.
Where and when have you lived? Asbestos laws vary from state to state, and where you were exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with your asbestos-related disease may affect where we can bring a lawsuit, if necessary. We also need to know whether asbestos-containing materials may have been used in your home. Asbestos was used in many houses built before 1980.
Who paid for your medical care and treatment for your asbestos-related disease? Was it a private insurance company, Medicare, Medicaid, workers compensation, the Veterans Administration or some combination of these sources? If so, these insurers may require reimbursement for some portion of your recovery. We work with other companies such as the Garretson Resolution Group to make sure that you do not pay any more for reimbursement than you have to.
Gathering the information needed to obtain the compensation you deserve for your asbestos-related disease can be a daunting task, so you want to make sure that your attorney has experience with this kind of litigation. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious asbestos-related disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 304-881-0652 (local) or 877-341-2595 (toll-free) for a free initial consultation. You may also contact us through our website, http://www.jfhumphreys.com.