Pittsburgh Mesothelioma Lawyers
Experienced Pittsburgh Mesothelioma Attorneys Ready To Serve You
Pittsburgh has been through a lot during its storied history. The city, still known as “Steel City,” has recovered from the decline of its industrial economy and now hosts a variety of industries, including a burgeoning tech industry. Pittsburgh‘s still formidable industrial base, however, has resulted in a great deal of occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is an all-too-common result, although it is not always an occupational disease.
Although mesothelioma is a malignant cancer that affects the lungs and the chest wall, it is distinct from lung cancer, and it is not caused or exacerbated by smoking. Since mesothelioma is usually caused by exposure to asbestos, if you have developed this disease, it is likely that you have a sizeable personal injury claim under Pennsylvania law.
Claims Don’t Enforce Themselves
To win a mesothelioma claim, you are going to have to successfully navigate Pennsylvania’s complex personal injury compensation system with its byzantine rules of civil procedure and evidence. It’s not at all like small claims court – but never fear, because a Pittsburgh mesothelioma attorney at KDS Legal can help. Our law firm has collectively negotiated over a thousand personal injury settlements for our clients, bringing them tens of millions of dollars.
Most of our clients end up with out-of-court settlements, not jury verdicts – a state of affairs that can save you a great deal of time and stress. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to negotiate a settlement for you, if possible. But remember: Ultimately it is you and only you who has the authority to approve a settlement offer from the other side. Our job is to advise you on how much your claim is worth and to make sure you get it.
At KDS legal, we handle the following types of cases, among others:
- Asbestos and asbestos-related claims
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Personal injury
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What if the asbestos manufacturer has already gone out of business?
Naturally, many asbestos manufacturers have gone out of business due to the restrictions placed on the use of asbestos, which caused a collapse in demand. Manufacturers that went bankrupt, however, were required to contribute to a trust fund for the benefit of victims. You might be able to claim compensation from such a fund.
What should I do if I am not sure which company’s asbestos products I was exposed to?
Contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. At KDS Legal, we know how to investigate mesothelioma claims to identify which company manufactured the asbestos that you were exposed to.
Do I have to prove the defendant was negligent?
Not necessarily. Under Pennsylvania product liability law, it is possible to win a lawsuit against an asbestos manufacturer without proving fault on the part of the manufacturer. The main challenge in most mesothelioma lawsuits is proving that the disease was actually caused by asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is a fatal condition. What happens if the victim dies before the claim is settled?
If the victim dies of mesothelioma, the claim can be converted to a wrongful death claim. In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death claim is filed by the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate (also known as the executor). Some of these damages go to the estate itself, and some are distributed to the victim’s surviving spouse, children, and parents.
Can I win a medical malpractice claim if my doctor failed to diagnose mesothelioma?
That depends on the circumstances. Even if your doctor was negligent, the measure of your damages will be the extent to which your doctor’s failure to diagnose your condition actually caused you harm. Since mesothelioma proceeds quickly and long-term survival rates are low, it could be quite challenging to win a sizeable mesothelioma claim based on medical malpractice.
“But I Can’t Afford to Hire a Law Firm to Represent Me”
Actually you can – at least if that law firm is KDS legal. Ultimately, our fees come out of whatever amount the opposing party ends up paying you for your claim. That means if we don’t win your claim, you will owe us nothing.
Contact KDS Legal Today
If you are suffering from mesothelioma or if your loved one died from this cancer, call a Pittsburgh mesothelioma lawyer at KDS Legal for a free consultation. We can be reached by telephone, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online. We serve clients in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, and elsewhere in Pittsburgh as well as throughout Western Pennsylvania. And if you can’t come to us, we can come to you.