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Mesothelioma commercial scripts are designed to bring awareness to anyone who might have been exposed to asbestos and is at risk for mesothelioma. While some messages may seem misleading, most are paid for by actual mesothelioma law firms who genuinely want to help victims of asbestos exposure. Before you make a move, let us help you sort through the fact and fiction in mesothelioma commercials.
What Is Mesothelioma and Asbestos?
The advertisements you see about mesothelioma and lawsuits target people who worked around asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was once used extensively in a variety of industries. Because of its unique qualities, asbestos was used for decades in things like construction materials, shipbuilding, and the automobile industry.
When asbestos fibers become airborne, they can be ingested or inhaled by anyone in the vicinity. Asbestos fibers are tiny and sharp. Once they enter the body, they can become lodged in tissues, causing damage and irritation over time.
Some people exposed to asbestos later develop serious illnesses, including pleural mesothelioma, a rare but aggressive deadly cancer.
Why Are There So Many Mesothelioma Commercials?
Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer. Only about 3,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Yet if you watch television, you will see more than one advertisement for mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits.
The use of asbestos in most industries mainly ended in the 1970s due to strict government regulations; however, mesothelioma has a long latency period. People exposed decades ago are only now getting sick, and those people often need legal help.
Most mesothelioma cases can be traced to one or more companies and negligent asbestos exposure. This means that asbestos cases can be lucrative for law firms. Settlement and jury award amounts can be generous. This is why you will see firms actively seeking new mesothelioma clients.
Who Is Behind Mesothelioma Commercials?
Personal injury law firms usually pay for the ads you see on TV or online for mesothelioma lawsuits. These lawyers specialize in helping people take legal action against companies that were negligent in causing injury or illness.
In the case of mesothelioma, past employers and companies that made asbestos products are often found negligent in causing cancer.
Not every law firm that advertises for mesothelioma cases specializes in these types of legal actions. Many are simply general personal injury firms. While this doesn’t mean they don’t have experience in asbestos law cases, you cannot assume from a commercial that a law firm only takes asbestos clients.
Can You Trust These Commercials?
Most mesothelioma commercials come from bona fide law firms specializing in all types of personal injury cases or specifically in asbestos cases. Generally, you can trust the message. However, always research specific lawyers and law firms before hiring them.
Check out the firm’s website and contact information. Always ask for background information and past asbestos case experiences before hiring attorneys to go after compensation for your mesothelioma.
Can’t Any Lawyer Represent Asbestos Victims?
The mesothelioma ads you should be wary of are those from law firms that don’t specialize in asbestos cases. While technically any lawyer could represent you, it’s best to work with an expert.
Firms that specialize in mesothelioma and asbestos cases have important background knowledge and experience that allows them to win more often for victims.
The ads you cannot trust are from firms that give the impression they are experienced in handling asbestos cases. This is why it’s so important to interview, ask questions, and request examples of past cases before hiring a lawyer.
Should I Be Worried About Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma ad scripts sometimes sound alarmist. For anyone with extensive past exposure to asbestos, the situation is very serious, but most people have no risk of developing mesothelioma.
If you or someone in your family worked with asbestos, it’s worth talking to a doctor and getting screened for cancer and other illnesses.
If you or someone else worked in an industry that might have used asbestos, but you aren’t sure, talk to a mesothelioma lawyer. They have extensive information about sites of asbestos exposure and companies that used asbestos.
What Are Asbestos Trust Funds?
Some of these ads may mention something called an asbestos trust fund. More than eighty companies to date have filed bankruptcy due to asbestos litigation.
Many of these companies set up trusts to ensure qualifying individuals receive compensation if they get sick. If you qualify, lawyers can help you make a claim to receive compensation from a fund.
Is “No Money up Front” Legitimate?
When law firms advertise that you will owe nothing upfront, they are telling the truth. The best personal injury lawyers only take on cases they feel confident about winning. This means they can charge clients on a contingency basis. Clients only pay if and when they get a settlement or jury award.
Lawyers experienced working with mesothelioma victims know their clients don’t have the funds to pay in advance; therefore, they charge a percentage of the compensation you win. Rates vary by the law firm, so be sure to sort this out before getting started.
Do I Really Need to Call Now?
The advertisements you see on TV may urge immediate action. While you should take time to find a law firm you trust, it is also important to get started as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma is aggressive, and every state has a statute of limitations on filing lawsuits. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have experienced asbestos exposure, take legal action soon.
Are Certain Jobs More at Risk of Mesothelioma?
Commercials for mesothelioma lawyers often mention industries that put people at greater risk of asbestos exposure and illness. This is because asbestos exposure on the job is the leading cause of mesothelioma.
Some of the industries and workplaces that used asbestos include:
- The military, especially the U.S. Navy
- Shipbuilding and repair
- Oil refineries
- Auto mechanics and garages
- Power plants
- Metal works
Exposure was a real risk if you worked in any of these industries or a job with asbestos. Talk to your doctor about screening for asbestos-related illnesses.
How to Hire the Right Mesothelioma Lawyer
For anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma, hiring a good lawyer is essential. One or more companies may be negligent for your asbestos exposure and illness.
To find a lawyer to guide your next steps, be sure you feel comfortable with the experience, contingency pricing, and time they will spend on your case. Many lawyers offering to help asbestos victims are trustworthy and professional; however, you need to find one that will work well for you.
A reputable firm will be happy to answer your questions during a free initial consultation. Ask about their experiences, past cases, wins for similar victims, and anything else you need to feel good about hiring them.Get Your FREE Mesothelioma Packet
Page Written by Mary Ellen Ellis
Mary Ellen Ellis has been the head writer for Mesothelioma.net since 2016. With hundreds of mesothelioma and asbestos articles to her credit, she is one of the most experienced writers on these topics. Her degrees and background in science and education help her explain complicated medical topics for a wider audience. Mary Ellen takes pride in providing her readers with the critical information they need following a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Anne Courtney, AOCNP, DNP
Anne Courtney has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has years of oncology experience working with patients with malignant mesothelioma, as well as other types of cancer. Dr. Courtney currently works at University of Texas LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes.