Pittsburgh Asbestos Lawyers
Proven Pittsburgh Asbestos Attorneys Ready To Help You
When it is performing at its best, Pittsburgh’s diverse economy has created jobs and spurred investment into the city proper as well as throughout Allegheny County and the rest of the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh’s industrial base has also resulted in the emergence of occupational diseases related to asbestos exposure. If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease, you may have a legal claim for a sizeable amount of compensation.
The toxic effects of asbestos have been known by the asbestos industry for nearly a hundred years now, but the US didn’t start phasing out the use of asbestos until the 1970s. Even now, asbestos is still used in a variety of products. People are still getting sick and dying.
Some of the diseases that can be caused by exposure to asbestos include:
Among these conditions, claims based on mesothelioma are often relatively strong claims. Asbestos exposure is just about the only cause of mesothelioma, thereby rendering it easier to prove that your disease was actually caused by exposure to asbestos.
Personal Injury vs. Wrongful Death
Some asbestos-related conditions, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, are particularly deadly with low survival rates even a single year after the first diagnosis. For this reason, many asbestos-based personal injury claims become wrongful death claims at some point in the claim resolution process. Wrongful death compensation is quite often large, and much of the compensation goes to close relatives rather than the victim’s probate estate.
We Will Fight for You
After all these years of practice, it still makes us angry when we see how asbestos exposure has inflicted such harm on our clients and their families. And that generates a desire to fight back for our clients. A Pittsburgh asbestos attorney at KDS Legal possess decades of combined experience handling asbestos-related cases, and we are committed to pushing forward until you receive every dime you are entitled to.
Our Practice Areas
We serve clients with the following types of claims, among others
- Mesothelioma claims
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Personal injury
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I handle my claim without a lawyer?
Handling your claim on your own is not a good idea at all, any more than it would be a good idea to handle your medical treatment on your own. You will need a skilled Pittsburgh asbestos lawyer to help you prove the cause of your exposure and to find the specific manufacturer whose product caused it. You will also need an asbestos attorney to help you negotiate a settlement, claim from a compensation trust fund (if applicable), and file a lawsuit, if necessary.
Can I file a claim as soon as I realize that I have been exposed to asbestos?
No. Mere exposure to asbestos cannot justify a damages award – you have to develop an illness that you can prove was caused by asbestos exposure. Most people who are exposed to asbestos never develop an asbestos-related illness.
How likely is it that I will be able to settle my asbestos claim out of court?
Quite likely. Statistically speaking, the vast majority of asbestos claims are settled through private settlement rather than courtroom litigation. When negotiating with the defendant, however, you will need to present them with a credible threat of winning at trial before they are likely to agree to an adequate settlement. Hiring a Pittsburgh asbestos attorney with experience in winning these types of claims is one of the best ways of doing this.
Can smoking cause mesothelioma?
No, surprisingly enough. And if you are a smoker, don’t let a defendant deceive you into thinking that your illness is your fault because you smoke.
Someone in Your Corner
If you believe that you have become a victim of an asbestos-related disease, or if your loved one died under circumstances that suggest asbestos exposure was the culprit, call KDS Legal, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our online contact page to schedule a free consultation. Remember: Our legal services are completely free of charge unless we win your case.
Contact a Pittsburgh asbestos lawyer at KDS Legal today. We serve clients in Oakland, East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, and elsewhere in Pittsburgh as well as throughout Western Pennsylvania. If you are too sick to come to our office, we will come to visit you at your home – in fact, we have done exactly that for over 1,500 of our clients.