If you live in or around the Seattle-Tacoma area and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. You may have even asked yourself “Are there any lawyers in Tacoma WA that handle mesothelioma cases?” The answer is yes. The even better answer is that you’re conveniently located close to the most successful asbestos and mesothelioma law firm in the entire Pacific Northwest.
Bergman Draper Ladenburg has been fighting for the rights of asbestos exposure victims for nearly 20 years. Because of their extensive experience, they can assess your case and let you know if you’re owed compensation. You may think that getting a cancer like mesothelioma is just the way life goes. But it’s not – and you should know that. If you have mesothelioma, it’s very likely that this is something that was done to you – and could have been prevented.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is usually diagnosed in late stages with a grim prognosis for its victims. More often than not, it’s a disease of blue collar workers who labored in skilled trades and had no idea of the dangers of the toxic fiber – asbestos – that they were working near.
Even though asbestos distributors and many employers knew asbestos was risky, they chose to keep using it. Hundreds of thousands of workers like you were knowingly exposed to this toxic substance.
Why? Because asbestos is cheap and is a great fire and heat retardant, manufacturers and other companies used it extensively in products and construction. They relied on the inexpensive fiber to protect their buildings and products from fire and heat damage, but didn’t bother to protect their workers.
If you have mesothelioma and have no idea where or when you could have been exposed, that’s okay. Bergman Draper Ladenburg can help you figure that out. You could have been exposed on a job decades ago – 30, 40, even 50 years ago – that you’ve never considered was a problem because it was so long ago. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, your first thought is often “what did I do wrong?” In the case of mesothelioma – the answer is that you did nothing wrong at all – this was done to you.
If you’ve been given a terminal diagnosis, you may not want to focus any of the time you have left with dealing with a lawsuit or pursuing a claim against those who exposed you and caused your illness. But here are the facts – your history can quickly be assessed and the law firm can move forward with your case without it becoming a drain on your daily life. They will focus on getting you restitution while you focus on your health and making the most of your life.
Why bother, you ask? There are a few reasons it’s important. First, is that corporations must be held accountable for how they treat America’s workers. If you have children in the workforce, you wouldn’t want them to be intentionally exposed to a dangerous chemical. This can prevent abuse in the future.
Second, mesothelioma can require extensive medical care – even if it’s palliative. You should have the care you deserve to treat the illness you’ve had foisted on you. A financial settlement can help you afford proper medical care to prolong your life and make your daily life more comfortable as the illness progresses.
Third, you may want to leave a financial bequest to your family to take care of them when you’re no longer able to. If you worked in a high risk industry for asbestos exposure, there’s a chance your family members could have also been exposed and have yet to be diagnosed. A financial bequest can help them receive care they may need in the future, if they develop this terrible illness.
Here is just a small listing of some of the job sites in Tacoma that came with a high risk of asbestos exposure:
- Weyerhaeuser Building
- Dry Dock / Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Yard
- Commencement Bay (any maritime job site here)
- Todd Pacific Shipyards
- Northern Pacific Railroad (terminus, repair center and rail yards)
- Burlington Northern Railroad
- Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp.
- Sound Refining
- Tacoma Boatbuilding Company
- US Oil and Refining
Beyond these specific job sites, there are dozens of others – too many to list – where Tacoma workers and residents were exposed. Here is a list by category of possible exposure sites:
- Public and government buildings (including schools, courthouses, libraries, etc.)
- Steel, smelting and refinery companies
- Contracting, construction, roofing and tile companies
- Foundries and machining companies
- Any rail yard, depot or railway company
- Chemical and electrochemical companies (including power companies)
- Military facilities
- Brewing companies
- Paper and pulp companies
- Hospitals and medical buildings
- Older manufacturing facilities of any type
- Lumber yards and companies
- Gas, fuel and oil companies
- Gypsum and salt companies
- Auto repair and brake repair facilities
- Plumbing and heating companies
Even if you don’t see your industry or job site on the list, that doesn’t mean your mesothelioma isn’t linked to work exposure. Because asbestos lawsuits are our area of expertise, we have detailed case files and records of exposure incidences all over the Pacific Northwest so we can pinpoint how your asbestos exposure occurred.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us as soon as possible to get your claim started. We have a track record of winning significant settlements for our clients and are ready to help you. We have won over $490 million in asbestos exposure damages for people just like you. Our expertise is yours for the asking. We are here to help. Contact us today.