Suing for Mesothelioma & Asbestos Injuries in Nevada
If you live in Nevada and are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills,
- Long-term care,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earnings capacity, and
- Pain and suffering.
It can take up to 50 years for asbestos-related illnesses to manifest themselves. Once you discover that you have an asbestos-related illness or disability, however, it is important you contact a Clark County attorney at once to keep from losing your right to compensation.
If you suspect that asbestos exposure caused your health problems we invite you to contact our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at 702-DEFENSE for a free consultation to determine whether you are eligible.
To help you better understand asbestos lawsuits in Nevada, our Las Vegas mesothelioma attorneys discuss the following, below:
- 1. What is asbestos?
- 2. How does asbestos cause mesothelioma?
- 3. Other asbestos-related illnesses
- 4. How long do I have to sue for asbestos exposure?
- 5. What compensation can I get for asbestos exposure?
Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are extremely durable and resistant to fire and chemical reactions. Because of these qualities, asbestos has been used for thousands of years to insulate and fireproof buildings.
In recent decades, it has been discovered that asbestos is a known human carcinogen. While most people who are exposed to asbestos never become ill, it is important to note that there is no safe type of asbestos and no safe level of exposure. Nearly all those with a history of long-term exposure to loose asbestos fibers are at risk of developing serious respiratory health complications or the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
Those most at risk from asbestos exposure include construction workers, miners, factory workers, insulation manufacturers and installers, railroad and automotive workers, ship builders, gas mask manufacturers, plumbers and others who work with asbestos particles.
Note that it is rare to develop illness due to exposure to asbestos contained within solid building materials (unless they are damaged or improperly removed).
Asbestos fibers are microscopic and are easily inhaled or swallowed. Unfortunately, though tiny, they are also quite rigid and not easily expelled or broken down by the body. Rather, they act like hook-and-loop fasteners which cling to the tissues of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that can result from the carcinogens in asbestos. Its most frequent form is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs.
Other forms of the disease are peritoneal mesothelioma (affecting the lining of the abdominal cavity) and pericardial mesothelioma (affecting the lining of the heart).
Prognosis for the disease is poor; however, there are treatment options.
Just as importantly, it can take up to 50 years between asbestos exposure and the onset of mesothelioma. This can make it difficult to track down the responsible party.
Our compassionate Nevada mesothelioma lawyers work with top investigators and forensic experts to establish a causal connection between your exposure and your illness so that you can get the compensation you need and deserve.
For some Las Vegas residents, asbestos poisoning may manifest as asbestos warts. These benign growths occur when microscopic fibers of asbestos become lodged in the skin, generating callus-like, fibrous masses.
Asbestos warts are unsightly, and Nevadans who develop an asbestos wart after exposure to the mineral may be entitled to compensation. A competent Clark County lawyer can make sure that you get the money damages you deserve for this condition.
The most dramatic effects of asbestos poisoning can be seen in the lungs. Pleural plaques are like asbestos warts on the lungs—small, thickened areas.
For some Nevada residents, these plaques present no additional difficulties and are only visible via x-ray. In more serious cases, pleural plaques on the lungs can develop into a condition called “diffuse pleural thickening.” In this condition, the lung tissue swells and can cause difficulty breathing.
Other conditions associated with asbestos exposure include asbestosis (scar tissue in the lung) and/or lung cancer.
No matter how minimal or severe your symptoms, if you have pleural plaques, asbestosis, or another lung-condition related to asbestos exposure, our Las Vegas asbestos attorneys may be able to help you get compensation.
In general, you have just two years to file a lawsuit from the date on which:
- You were first diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or
- You could have discovered the illness had you exercised reasonable diligence.
However, it is not always clear when an illness can be definitively traced to asbestos exposure.
As a result, it is best to consult with an experienced Las Vegas asbestos lawyer before concluding that your claim is time-barred.
In addition to compensation for medical bills, long-term care, lost wages and lost earnings capacity, you may be entitled to recover for:
- Pain, suffering and other "non-economic" losses (up to $350,000),
- Punitive damages (up to $300,000 or three times your economic losses), or
- The wrongful death of a family member.
Exposed to asbestos in Nevada? Call us for help...
If you or someone you care about has been exposed to asbestos fibers, time may be running out for you to assert a legal claim.
Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can advise you whether you are still able to sue for your asbestos exposure and what kind of damages you may be able to recover.
To speak to one of our lawyers, call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or fill out the convenient form on this page.