South Carolina Mesothelioma Lawyer
Were you or a loved one exposed to asbestos or asbestos-containing materials? Have you recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis and want to take legal action against those responsible? Our legal team helps people who developed mesothelioma due to prolonged working conditions or use of a defective product fight for the compensation they need—and we want to help you, too.
If you live in South Carolina, our South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm can represent you in court or private negotiations and help pursue compensation for asbestos exposure. Our personal injury team has been serving clients for more than 25 years, and we aim to extend our services to people who’ve developed mesothelioma and suffered multiple damages as a result.
You May Be Owed Workers’ Compensation if Work Conditions in South Carolina Caused Your Illness
If you or a loved one worked in an environment in South Carolina that exposed you to asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (e.g., talc mines or construction buildings that used asbestos in materials), you may be able to claim workers’ compensation for a resulting mesothelioma diagnosis. Illnesses that develop over time due to work-related conditions can qualify workers for compensation if that illness limits their physical or mental abilities to continue working.
According to the South Carolina Bar, workers’ compensation may entitle you to:
- Medical expenses: The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) requires employers to provide medical care through their insurer when work-related conditions cause injury or illness. This enables employees to receive care for their injuries until they reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). Compensation may cover costs for hospitalization, surgeries, and medical devices or prescriptions.
- Income loss: Workers’ compensation also provides up to 66 2/3 percent of your average weekly earnings for the time you are out of work. There may be a waiting period before you receive compensation to cover lost wages, depending on the severity of the illness.
- Permanent disability benefits: If your mesothelioma diagnosis resulted in a permanent disability, you may receive benefits for this damage through workers’ compensation as well. How long you receive benefits varies, but our team can discuss this once we review the case.
A workers’ compensation lawyer from our South Carolina team can help prepare your claim and guide you through the process. If the claim was or gets denied, one of our lawyers can also help you appeal this decision and fight for compensation on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer serving South Carolina, call (800) 313-2546
Consumers Who Developed Mesothelioma Due to Defective Products May Sue
In 2014, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health released a scientific report that revealed talcum powder products were the primary cause of mesothelioma in women. Companies like Johnson & Johnson have been under fire for continuing to keep talcum powder products on the market despite allegedly knowing the dangers behind their products.
If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after using a product that contains talcum powder or another asbestos-containing material, you may be entitled to sue the manufacturer that produces the defective product. Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical care costs
- Income loss
- Permanent disability
- Reduced earning potential
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Home adjustment costs
A lawyer from our team can review your mesothelioma case and assess whether you may qualify for other types of damages in South Carolina. If so, we will factor them into your compensation demands.
Consumers Must File Their Cases Within South Carolina’s Statute of Limitations
If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold a manufacturer or pharmaceutical company accountable, you generally have three years from discovering your illness to do so, per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530.
Those who do not submit their lawsuit on time may risk having their case dismissed, which would deprive them of the opportunity to pursue compensation. Our team can keep track of your case’s filing deadline and take appropriate steps to submit it on time.
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Our Lawyers Handle Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Cases
Whether you want to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit, our team can provide resources to help and guide you throughout your legal journey. By working with an attorney from our firm, you can focus more on recovering while our team manages your case.
Some of our legal services include:
- Investigating your medical and work history to identify what might have caused your mesothelioma to develop
- Identifying who may be held liable for your illness and related damages
- Collecting evidence that can support your claims about how the illness developed and the kind of damages that resulted
- Preparing paperwork on your behalf and handling other legal motions if necessary
- Communicating with insurance companies, legal attorneys, and other inquiring parties for you
- Consulting a medical expert to provide analysis in a testimony for the case
Depending on which legal route you take, a lawyer from our team may attend court hearings to present the case to the SCWCC, work to negotiate a settlement deal with the opposing party’s insurer or legal team, or present the case in front of a judge and jury. In all situations, our team is prepared to advise and guide you while we fight for your compensation.
What is Mesothelioma, and What are its Symptoms?
Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. It can arise when asbestos fibers are inhaled and enter the body, becoming embedded in the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs). Once embedded in the lungs, the asbestos fibers can cause tumors and other serious medical complications.
However, mesothelioma is somewhat unique in that it can sometimes take 10-plus years before the actual symptoms become apparent following the initial asbestos exposure. Furthermore, the symptoms are often misinterpreted as being caused by other illnesses and health complications, such as asthma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Typical mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
- Respiratory complications
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have mesothelioma, consult a physician right away to confirm.
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Call Anastopoulo Law Firm to Manage Your Mesothelioma Case in South Carolina
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, we have a team of attorneys that can lead an investigation to help you determine the source of your asbestos exposure and then help you prosecute those responsible.
Contact our team today at (800) 313-2546 to hire our lawyer to work on your case. The first consultation is free; our team does not charge attorney’s fees unless we win.