Charleston Mesothelioma Lawyer
Representation for Victims of Asbestos Exposure in West Virginia
At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC we handle a wide range of personal injury cases for victims throughout West Virginia and all of Charleston. With 75 years under our belts, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to provide you with strong legal guidance and representation for your mesothelioma case.
This rare condition is actually a type of cancer which is a result of exposure to asbestos. Many of the individuals who suffer from this illness worked in construction jobs, chemical plants, automotive jobs, or in the manufacturing of household or industrial products before the dangers of asbestos was discovered. If you or someone you love has discovered that you have developed mesothelioma, it is imperative to your future that you retain the services of a Charleston personal injury lawyer right away.
Why Choose Berthold Law Firm for Your Mesothelioma Case?
At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC our Charleston lawyers represent clients who have suffered asbestos exposure leading to the development of mesothelioma. Our skilled attorneys and team can help you to determine who will be held responsible and how to bring about a personal injury claim. It is very important to us that you do not feel alone during this difficult time.
- Over 75 years of combined experience handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.
- Selected for the American College of Trial Lawyers, a membership exclusive to less than 1% of attorneys in West Virginia.
- Our lawyers have represented cases in both state and federal courts throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia, and we have successfully battled product manufacturers, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, and more.
- We have a keen focus on personal injury and we are dedicated to helping our clients.
We may be able to help you recover compensation for the following in your mesothelioma case:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral expenses
Understanding Asbestos & Its Effects
The health risks involved with being exposed to asbestos were not always known, and many businesses and manufacturers used it in their manufacturing processes. Likewise, the symptoms of the condition do not always present themselves right away and typically do not develop for years, which means the company you worked for many years ago may not even be in business anymore. We can help you recover the financial help that may be owed to you if a previous place of employment put your health at risk.
Mesothelioma Is Caused by Exposure to Asbestos.
Asbestos causes mesothelioma. When released from the ground, asbestos fibers are light enough to become airborne. Upon becoming airborne, fibers can be inhaled or swallowed. As the fibers penetrate the body, they become embedded in the mesothelium - a protective membrane that covers the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testes. Eventually, tumors can form in the mesothelium due to inflammation caused by the fibers.
What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma symptoms are pretty mild in the very early stages, so they may not be seen as anything unusual. However, if you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should be on the lookout for long-lasting symptoms. When mesothelioma is diagnosed early, the treatment will be more effective. Some symptoms include:
- Cough that persists
- fatigue or weakness
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- weight loss
How Risky Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can develop in anyone who regularly comes into contact (or did) with asbestos. Even though heavy regulation has reduced asbestos exposures for many industries, asbestos is still found in a number of products in the U.S., and the long period of time between exposure and development of the disease means that new cases are still occurring from very old exposures.
Mesothelioma is especially common in miners. It's still possible for miners to come into contact with asbestos, even though they no longer mine asbestos since asbestos is found in many mines where other minerals are being mined. During coal mining and processing, asbestos is released. Asbestos can be transported on clothing or the air after it is released, so areas near mines can also be affected.
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