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Best Mesothelioma Legal Advice UK / USA – Top Meso Lawyers & Attorneys

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos at work. It is often referred to simply as ‘meso’.

The cancer affects the mesothelial cells, which cover the outer surface of the body’s internal organs, and mesothelioma can be found on the abdomen, the lungs and the heart.

It is considered a terminal illness, and many victims only have a short time to live. If you have mesothelioma, it may be possible for you to claim compensation.

If you need guidance on who to turn to for mesothelioma legal advice, please get in touch with us using our contact form, or by email. You can also read our guide to legal considerations in respect of mesothelioma below or see our lists of some of the best mesothelioma law firms in the UK and US below:-

Best Mesothelioma Law Firms in the UK

The following are some of the top firms of lawyers who may be able to help you claim in respect of mesothelioma in the UK:-

Slater & Gordon – “If you were negligently exposed to asbestos in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a mesothelioma compensation claim.”

Irwin Mitchell  – “We’ve helped many people with mesothelioma claims after a diagnosis of the asbestos-related disease – we’re very familiar with the symptoms of mesothelioma and the issues you’ll be facing with your loved ones.”

Gray Law – “Many UK companies were aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure, but still put their employees at risk through contact with asbestos fibres in the workplace. Legally those companies are held responsible for individuals developing asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma.”

Top Mesothelioma Attorneys in the US

If you’re looking to make a legal claim for compensation in respect of mesothelioma in the US (whether you’re based in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego,  Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Phoenix, Arizona, Philadelphia or beyond, the following are some of the top firms to consider:-

Baron & Budd – “Our law firm pioneered mesothelioma lawsuit claims beginning in the 1970’s, representing some of the first mesothelioma victims.”

Motley Rice – “We have worked with thousands of victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure and have seen firsthand the fear, heartache and confusion felt by too many of our clients. ”

Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman (BPB) – “Mesothelioma is a very complex and constantly changing tort. At Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we pride ourselves on staying at the cutting edge of mesothelioma litigation. ”

1: What types of mesothelioma are there?

There are two main types of mesothelioma, known as peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the less common of the two, and is caused by exposure to asbestos. A tumour develops on the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum) preventing it from working properly by lubricating the organs within the abdomen.

The more common form of mesothelioma, pleural, is where asbestos fibres have been inhaled into the lungs, and where a tumour then grows on the lining of them (the pleura). This causes breathing to be difficult and painful.

2: What causes mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos dust.

Statistically, mesothelioma affects four times as many men as women, usually because the exposure to asbestos occurred at workplaces such as factories, building sites and shipyards, which mainly hired men years ago.

3: Which professions are most at risk from mesothelioma?

Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma will have been exposed to asbestos years ago.

There are a number of professions that are more commonly found to be susceptible to mesothelioma than others.

These include boilermakers and laggers, as many boilers used to have asbestos insulation. The likes of electricians, joiners, carpenters and builders are also frequently affected, due to the asbestos exposure which their work often allowed.

4: How can I claim compensation?

The law surrounding claims for mesothelioma is quite complex.

However, you may be entitled, depending on the circumstances, to compensation under UK legislation called the Pneumoconiosis Act 1979, and possibly a scheme which started in 2008 to compensate sufferers and their families/dependents. There also exists a compensation scheme called the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS).

In the United States, the rules are different, and you are best placed to seek expert legal advice from a law firm based in the US, such as those listed above.

5: What should I do next?

If you think you may be entitled to claim mesothelioma compensation, it is important to seek professional legal advice. The law and processes surrounding such claims are complicated, and it will be necessary to have expert legal representation in order to obtain the best possible result in your case.

If you have further questions or queries, or need further advice, please get in touch with us via our contact form here.

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