While asbestos exposure has been linked to a number of serious and often fatal diseases and conditions for a number of decades, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding the claims processes. Victims and their families may be confused about their options and the reality of their chances for financial recoveries.
Don't be fooled by advertisements for easy money or confused by conflicting information. Read about four common myths associated with asbestos-related claims.
Myth #1: Billions of dollars are available for asbestos-cancer victims.
Television ads claim that millions upon millions are available and waiting for victims and their families to claim. The truth is far different.
First, a little background regarding asbestos claims: when claims began rolling in for asbestos-causing cancers and diseases, many of the companies that were to blame quickly ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy. Money was placed in trusts that were overseen by bankruptcy trustees and courts. When victims or their families meet (and prove) the specific requirements of one of the trusts, they may receive an award of only pennies on the dollar of the true value of their loss.
Each claim for damages is very different. Don't believe everything you read or hear. Instead, talk with an experienced attorney about the specifics of your case.
Myth #2: Smokers can't win asbestos or mesothelioma claims.
The opposite is actually true. Studies have shown that smokers who are exposed to asbestos fibers are at a much greater risk of contracting an asbestos-related cancer or lung disease. Smoking and asbestos exposure - when combined - can make your chances of developing an asbestos-related cancer or lung disease greater. If you are or were a smoker and you worked around materials containing asbestos, seek legal help.
Myth #3: Asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits are easy to prove.
Television ads make it sound like all you need to do is make a phone call and your check is on the way. Unfortunately, this is not true. Actually, you and your lawyer must prove every aspect of your claim.
Myth #4: There are no asbestos claims attorneys in Louisiana.
While it is true that out-of-state law firms handle a number of asbestos lawsuits, you don't have put your trust in a lawyer who you will never meet. Attorneys at the Pourciau Law Firm - with office locations in New Orleans, Kenner, and Baton Rouge - handle only asbestos, mesothelioma and other cancer-related claims.
You don't have to face the complex claims process on your own. If you were recently diagnosed with lung cancer, throat cancer, pulmonary hypertension, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related disease, learn about your legal options for recovery.