The Seattle area has been experiencing an industrial boom since the early 18th century. The unchecked growth of big business was solidified by the official establishment of the Port of Seattle ins 1916. Since then, the area has been home to shipyards, aerospace manufacturing plants, paper mills, and any number of other large industries. The use industrial use of asbestos skyrocketed in the early 20th century. Only recently have businesses begun to respond to calls for better employee protection against asbestos. You should consult a Seattle asbestos lawyer if you or a loved one has worked in these industries and later developed mesothelioma.
Asbestos is an industrial material used for heat and chemical resistant surfaces. Its popularity as highly durable insulation is well-known. The nature of the material, being composed of interlaced microfibers, however, renders it incredibly dangerous to work with. Without proper protective equipment, including respirators, any fibers shed during handling can be embedded in the lungs. The damage caused by asbestos in the lungs can lead to respiratory distress and cancer. In some cases, the damage to the lungs evolves into a cancer that attacks the outer lining of the lungs and other organs. This cancer, mesothelioma, is incredibly painful and nearly impossible to treat. An experienced asbestos lawyer can help you get compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, but that’s not all.
Taking the First Steps
Seattle is home to many potential asbestos exposure sites. A consultation with an asbestos lawyer will begin with the question of when and where you were exposed to asbestos. The duration of exposure is also significant. Because the symptoms of mesothelioma may take time to manifest, we know that the details might be a little fuzzy. This shouldn’t be your concern; we can help you figure out when and where you were exposed. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have far more important concerns. We’ll wade through the details and get the particulars settled. We will hold someone accountable for your illness – the pursuit of justice demands it be the right business.
Seattle Asbestos Settlements: What You Can Expect
If you hire an asbestos lawyer, you probably have some expectations in mind. As always, these things are handled on a case-by-case basis, but there are some basics that can be understood. As a firm, we try to avoid settlements that don’t provide security. What this means is a settlement that only covers medical expenses may not be sufficient. Mesothelioma patients have unknowingly sacrificed a great deal for their jobs – their families shouldn’t have to suffer as well. Long-term family security is an absolute must. Many industries have funds set aside specifically for asbestos cases. If a reasonable settlement is offered, we should be able to resolve your claim with relative ease. We understand the importance of rapid resolution in these matters.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We represent Seattle asbestos exposure victims because we’re dedicated to justice. For too many years, industries traded profits for employee safety. It’s time to send the message that such practices are completely unacceptable.