New Orleans has seen an extensive presence of asbestos both in the construction of its buildings and in local industries, shipbuilding. Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma – a cancer that begins in the lining of the lungs and spreads to adjacent organs. While lawsuits involving mesothelioma follow most of the same rules as other personal injury lawsuits, there are complexities to mesothelioma cases that require an attorney experienced in mesothelioma litigation.
These complexities arise from the long latency period of mesothelioma. The symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure to asbestos, making it difficult to establish the source. Obviously, the manufacturer of the product that caused the mesothelioma or an employer where you worked decades ago is unlikely to agree that they are responsible for a disease that developed years after exposure.
A personal injury attorney experienced in mesothelioma litigation can help you in this area. He or she will know how to properly deploy resources in the investigation of your case. This investigation may include discussions with you regarding prior employers and places of residence to narrow down the potential sources of asbestos exposure, interviewing co-workers familiar with your former work environment and practices, and obtaining documents regarding materials and products you were exposed to that utilized asbestos.
An attorney experienced in mesothelioma litigation can also help you properly calculate the extent of your damages, including compensation for the likely future impact of your condition.
If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, please feel free to call us at 504-581-6411 or 877-581-6411 with any legal questions. We would be happy to help you.