South Carolina Mesothelioma Lawyer
Mesothelioma can leave you too ill to work and unable to support yourself, all because your job exposed you to asbestos. If your employer didn’t care for your safety, contact a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer about your illness.
Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can lead to mesothelioma, a serious lung disease that can lead to lifelong health issues. Unfortunately, you might have been exposed to these substances because of your workplace. It’s a serious threat to many workers, especially factory workers, construction workers, firefighters, and miners.
When you’ve contracted mesothelioma, you’ll need help recovering compensation that can cover your treatment and care. If you’re struggling to recover, then you’ll need an attorney from HawkLaw on your side. A South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer can help you understand your legal options and what you can do to fight back after contracting this disease.
How Many People Are Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Annually?
In the United States, roughly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnoses occur every year. In addition, approximately 2,500 deaths occur annually because of this asbestos-related disease. Mesothelioma victims are far more common than people realize.
Who is Most At-Risk of Asbestos Exposure in South Carolina?
Those who are more at risk of asbestos exposure include construction workers, particularly during repairs or maintenance on job sites. Shipyard employees are also at high risk for asbestos exposure and its negative health effects, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Places of High Asbestos Exposure
Dozens of worksites throughout South Carolina have been identified as potential sites for asbestos exposure, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Some of the highest environmental exposure sites include seaports, industrial facilities, mining facilities, textile factories, and shipbuilding and ship repair yards, among others. Just a few specific sites that have been identified as having significant South Carolina asbestos exposure rates include:
- Hoeschst Celaese in Spartanburg
- Duke Powerhouse in Seneca
- International Paper Mill in Georgetown
- E.I. DuPont Campden in May
- SCE&G (SCANA) across the state
- Savannah River Plant
- Westvaco/Kraft Mead in North Charleston
- Bowater Paper
- Carotell PaperBoard Corp
- Charleston Air Force Base
- Goose Creek Naval Weapons Station
- And many others
If you or your family members have developed mesothelioma or have been exposed to asbestos, the South Carolina mesothelioma attorneys at HawkLaw are ready to provide legal advice and representation. Contact us for a free case evaluation* today.
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Who is Responsible?
When you’ve contracted a disease like mesothelioma, chances are good that you were exposed to the disease through someone else’s negligence. The question is, who is liable for those injuries? Typically, that depends on how you were exposed to asbestos.
Typically, people contract the disease through their jobs. Those exposed to asbestos regularly, like miners and firefighters, should be properly protected from asbestos exposure. However, if your equipment failed or your employer failed to provide protection, and you’ve now contracted mesothelioma, you may be able to seek compensation from your employer for the exposure.
If you don’t work in a position where you’re exposed to these substances, you may have contracted mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in your home. Some older buildings may still contain asbestos, and if your landlord didn’t warn you or protect their residents, they may be liable for your illness.
Statute of Limitations For South Carolina Mesothelioma Cases
One of the more important factors in any personal injury case, including work-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the time limit for injury victims to file a lawsuit and still be able to collect compensation. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury (in this case, from the date of your mesothelioma diagnosis). In the case of wrongful death, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of death.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit in South Carolina
If your loved one was wrongfully killed, you may be able to take legal action for compensation. You may be eligible to collect payment for their funeral and burial costs, their medical bills and medical expenses from the accident to the point of death, and other damages such as lost wages, loss of comfort and support, replacement services, and pain and suffering.
To file a mesothelioma lawsuit, three factors must be met.
- The family member filing the case must show that they have suffered loss of emotional or financial support due to the mesothelioma patient’s passing.
- They must show that the victim died from an asbestos-related disease.
- They must prove that the defendant, usually a facility, employer, or one or more asbestos manufacturers, wrongfully exposed the victim to asbestos fibers.
In addition, if the victim had filed a lawsuit for themselves before passing away, that personal injury suit does not end with their death. This does not render loved ones ineligible for a wrongful death case. Your South Carolina personal injury lawyer can explain how to proceed in such a situation.
These types of mesothelioma lawsuits often end in a settlement, meaning you do not have to go to court. However, sometimes negotiations break down, and a trial is necessary. If you need to fight for the benefits you deserve, the mesothelioma attorneys at HawkLaw will stand by your side every step of the way. As a mesothelioma law firm, we have fought for the rights of many South Carolina mesothelioma patients as well as those who have lost loved ones to asbestos exposure. HawkLaw fights to win!
Seeking Compensation In South Carolina
Mesothelioma is a serious condition, meaning your damages might be extensive. Worse, you’ll need to calculate both your economic and non-economic damages, as well as your current and future damages.
First, calculate your economic damages, which cover your financial losses. For example, mesothelioma is a condition that may require long-term medical treatment, so include those treatment costs in your injury claim. You should also calculate the non-economic damages you need. These damages cover the intangible suffering you might experience because of mesothelioma, such as the emotional trauma of living with a deadly illness.
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in South Carolina, you may need some or all the following damages in order to deal with your mesothelioma diagnosis:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Get Legal Help For Your South Carolina Mesothelioma Claim
When you contract a serious illness like mesothelioma, you need compensation to help you recover from your illness. Fortunately, an attorney from HawkLaw, P.A. can provide you with legal guidance and give you the help you need in your fight.
If you’re struggling with your claim, seek help from a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer. Our attorneys will start with a free consult*, which allows you to ask questions and understand your case. When you’re ready to start, call us at 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or complete the following online form to schedule a free consultation.*
How Can an Attorney at HawkLaw Help With My Mesothelioma Case?
Our South Carolina asbestos cancer attorneys can be a vital ally in your fight for compensation. Not only can you be awarded personal injury damages, but in some cases, if the mesothelioma results from asbestos exposure at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, getting the full benefits you deserve can be very difficult and complex.
Mesothelioma cases can be challenging because mesothelioma can develop decades after initial exposure. One of the biggest dangers of asbestos is that the asbestos fibers embed themselves in the lungs, which can take years for damage to develop. This means that gathering evidence for your case can require going back decades to discover the proof that you were unknowingly and negligently exposed to asbestos and that it was that asbestos that caused your illness over the years. While we know mesothelioma is a result of asbestos exposure, drawing a line to the specific initial exposure is crucial.
Let us help you file your paperwork, take over communications with the insurance company and defense team, gather evidence to build a strong case, and fight for the compensation you deserve. At HawkLaw, we fight to win.
Time is of the Essence. Don’t Wait to Seek Help
HawkLaw represents personal injury, product liability, and workplace illness victims all over the state of South Carolina, from Columbia to Aiken, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, and Sumter. We have extensive knowledge of how asbestos-containing products pose a risk to workers, and we know how to build strong cases.