Frequently Asked Questions About Mesothelioma
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is beyond devastating. You have worked hard your entire life and now you are facing this serious illness. If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced attorney in the Chattanooga,Tennessee, area whom you can not only call locally, but who can also visit your home and talk with you and your family, reach out to Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers. With more than 20 years of experience helping families in Tennessee seek compensation in mesothelioma cases, our attorneys are dedicated to helping people seek justice.
Here are answers to common questions that clients ask our lawyers. We hope you find this information helpful during this understandably stressful time and invite you to reach out to us for additional answers and assistance.
What causes mesothelioma? In general, mesothelioma is due to some form of asbestos exposure. For most victims, this occurred gradually over the course of many years working in an environment that contained asbestos. Asbestos can be found in all types of materials from roofing, fireproof materials and tiling to insulation, cement, plasters and drywall. We can help you investigate your case and determine the cause.
Why do I need an attorney even though I have already been offered a settlement? Usually the negligent company’s insurance carrier is quick to settle. This does not mean you should just take the settlement as insurance companies are only looking out for their best business interests and certainly not your interests. Only an attorney whom you hire will truly have your best interests at heart.
How will I be able to obtain compensation? An attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf against all negligent parties. Depending on when your injury occurred and under what circumstances, damages can include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and emotional damages as well as pain and suffering.
What if I am not sure how I was exposed? You can still file a lawsuit even if you are not certain where you were exposed. That is where our help as attorneys comes into play as we will thoroughly investigate your past employers to see where you could have been exposed.
What is the deadline for making a claim? There is a statutory limitation placed on personal injury lawsuits, meaning once so many years have passed, you can no longer file a claim. That is why it is so important you act quickly.
How long will my case take? Each case is different; therefore, the length varies. Some cases are settled quickly while other cases can take months or even years. We will do our best to efficiently represent you as we understand that time is sensitive in these matters.
What if my loved one has already passed away from mesothelioma? If your loved one has died from mesothelioma, we can still seek justice on his or her behalf through a wrongful death claim. This is where a lawsuit is filed on behalf of a decedent.
For Experienced Mesothelioma Legal Counsel, Contact Jimmy F. Rodgers Jr. ♦ Jerry H. Summers
Seek compassionate legal counsel to help you get through this difficult time. Call Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers at 423-933-2738. You can also send us an email. We can visit you directly at your home if needed.