Welcome – my name is Mike Gertler. I am an attorney with the Gertler Law Firm, a personal injury and accident law firm based in New Orleans. And our law firm employs quite possibly the most experienced Mesothelioma attorneys in Louisiana. And I would like to share two short stories with you. One on the video below and the other just below that.
To date, we have secured more than $50 million for our mesothelioma clients and their families.
If you are reading this, I would imagine that someone in your family has mesothelioma – or they have already passed away – and you’re looking for help.
If that is the case, you have my deepest sympathy. Over the years, we’ve seen what happens to an individual that has mesothelioma… and what it does to a family.
I’d like to take 2 minutes of your time and tell you about Diana – a wonderful woman who contracted mesothelioma – and how we helped both her, and her family.
When Diana was 33, she was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a disease that would eventually kill her. When she learned that she had Mesothelioma, Diana knew she had a poor prognosis because she was a nurse that worked with Cancer patients, and had seen this disease and what it does to people.
She knew that Mesothelioma is a form of cancer, caused almost exclusively by being exposed to asbestos fibers, and that it attacks the pleura, which is the lining of lungs.
A person with Mesothelioma has to struggle and fight for every breath. And to make matters worse, this cancer will often invade other parts of the body as well.
Diana knew that there was no cure, and that it is horribly painful and is always fatal.
We were first introduced to Diana through her Mother. Our law firm was already working with the family in pursuing a mesothelioma claim for Diana’s father, who had passed away after being diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer because of his exposure to asbestos.
After we were told that Diana had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, we made arrangements to fly to Las Vegas, where she now lived.
When Diana opened the door at her home, I was shocked. We were so used to seeing the horrible effects of mesothelioma on the people we help. But she appeared as a striking and healthy young woman.
We sat down at her kitchen table where her two youngest children were eating a snack. Our meeting was like a normal meeting, but I had to keep reminding myself that we were talking to a young woman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Given that her Dad had died from exposure to asbestos, it wasn’t hard to determine how Diana got mesothelioma. Her Dad worked as an asbestos insulator, and had also worked with asbestos at the Dow Chemical Plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
And every day, he came home to his family with asbestos dust on his clothes and body. Once he got home, he did what most fathers do; he hugged his kids or played with them.
Unfortunately, while engaging with his children, asbestos fibers would be released into the air, and his kids breathed in the tiny asbestos fibers.
And in the evening, Diana’s mom would wash her husband’s clothes. But before she did, she would shake the dust from them before she threw them in the washing machine. Every time that happened, asbestos fibers again filled the air.
The first meeting in Las Vegas lasted 2 hours. And even though Diana understood this disease, and knew what the end result was going to be, she did not cry.
She was very strong, and she wanted us to pursue a lawsuit on her behalf so her children would have a future after she was gone.
Like most people with mesothelioma, she had a lot of questions, such as:
* What did she have to do if a mesothelioma lawsuit was filed?
* How long would a lawsuit take?
* Is a mesothelioma lawsuit usually settled out of court or will it go to trial?
I also asked her many questions as well so we could quickly file the lawsuit on her behalf.
We spoke on the phone several times a week and, over the next 18 months, we traveled to her home in Las Vegas three more times.
On our last visit, Diana only weighed 80 pounds, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, and the tumor had grown so extensively it appeared as a horrible rash all over her body. She had also lost all of her hair because of the chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Because we spoke with Diana so much, it was no surprise that she became very close to us during this time. We also became friends with Diana’s fiancé, her ex-husband, her sisters, and her co-workers.
Pursuing Diana’s mesothelioma lawsuit was difficult because her father had died before we had a chance to talk to him about where he had worked over the years.
He hadn’t kept any of his employment records, so we had to recreate his work history – which was no easy task because, as an asbestos insulator, he worked hundreds and hundreds of small jobs which lasted from a few days to a year or more.
So we had to re-create his thirty year career from scratch. To do that, we had to track down his old co-workers and employers at night and on weekends to get the information we needed. And we traveled all over the country to depose his co-workers and former employers.
The case took about a year and a half to complete. We settled for a very large sum, which was put aside for Diana’s three children.
Diana passed away shortly after the settlement was reached…. and we will never forget the courage she showed in facing this disease.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or other occupational lung disease such as asbestosis or silicosis, we’d like to put forth the same effort we gave for Diana and her family.
So please pick up the phone and give one of our Louisiana Mesothelioma Attorneys a call.
Please call our office at (504) 581-6411…. if the call is long distance, use our toll-free number at 1-855-GERTLER.
The call or meeting is confidential – and absolutely FREE.
Our promise to you is this – we will put forth the same effort for you or your family – as we did for Diana…. no matter where you or your family member lives.
And if we proceed on your behalf, or your families behalf, this firm operates on a contingency fee basis – meaning we don’t charge for our services unless we secure a settlement for you – or are successful in court. That means you will also not have to pay for any costs or expenses related to your case if there is no award or settlement.
I thank you for visiting our website…. and if you need the help of experienced Louisiana Asbestos Lawyers, please do call.