The dangers that asbestos posed to workers 10, 20, 30, and even 40 years ago are just now becoming clear. The most dangerous side effect of asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the protective linings surrounding many vital organs. A history of asbestos exposure is found in approximately 70% to 80% of mesothelioma patients. This is a debilitating, serious disease that has profound medical consequences. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and your work history – even as far back as 40 years ago – involved asbestos exposure, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Kroll & Johnson, P.C., our lawyers are familiar with the Oregon and Federal laws that surround asbestos lawsuits. We will help navigate you through the system to obtain the compensation you deserve. There is no risk to you – the initial consultation is free, and we don’t get paid unless you win your case.
Types of asbestos lawsuits in Oregon
A person suffering from asbestos-related illness potentially has two claims – worker’s compensation and product liability (a claim against the asbestos manufacturer). At Kroll & Johnson, P.C., we handle the product liability side of your claim. If you wish, we will refer you to a trusted worker’s compensation attorney to advise you on that side of the case. In many situations, however, a lawsuit against the asbestos manufacturer is the claim that is likely to generate more, and faster compensation.
While most states have just an 8-to-10 year window in which to file such a claim, Oregon law is different. Because asbestos-related diseases may not be readily apparent and can take over 30 years to manifest, Oregon law places a two year limit on your lawsuit – from the date your doctor informed you of your asbestos-related illness. Because this clock starts ticking as soon as you have this knowledge, you must act quickly. Oregon asbestos attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. understand the strict timelines these cases face and are prepared to vigorously and rapidly assert your rights.
Potential Recovery in an Oregon Asbestos Case
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, then you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Replacement services
Because the links between asbestos and mesothelioma are well-documented, many companies are eager to settle, rather than face a costly jury verdict. However, in order to maximize your recovery, you should at least speak to an Oregon asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer before accepting any settlement. If you are not represented by an attorney, many companies will “low-ball” you, knowing that you have no experience in the field and are unaware of what a fair settlement looks like.