At Serling & Abramson, PC, we specialize in asbestos litigation and represent victims suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses. Explore the following pages to learn more about these topics in depth.
People can come into contact with asbestos in their homes, communities, or at work. When asbestos-containing products are disturbed, tiny fibers are sent into the air. If these fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lungs. The body cannot get rid of these fibers, which can eventually cause inflammation, scarring, breathing difficulties, and health problems.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all concluded that asbestos is a human carcinogen. Research shows that asbestos exposure can increase a person's risk of developing mesothelioma and lung cancer.
How Asbestos Exposure Can Lead to Mesothelioma
Approximately 70% to 90% of patients who develop mesothelioma, an incurable type of cancer, have some prior asbestos exposure commonly through work. Mesothelioma cases tend to come from those working near or in shipyards and plants that produce asbestos products.
In the United States, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually. Before regulations concerning asbestos were established, workers carried home asbestos fibers on their clothing, exposing their family members as well. In addition, those living or working near asbestos-related operations can be exposed to asbestos released into the environment.
Many companies were aware of the hazards of asbestos exposure but continued to risk the health of their employees by failing to take steps to protect their workers. As a result, former employees who later develop mesothelioma may be eligible for financial compensation from the employer or other parties responsible for the asbestos exposure.
Am I at Risk for Mesothelioma?
There are many established trades that have worked with and around products containing asbestos. If you or a loved one worked with any of these products, in any of these trades, or in close proximity to one of these tradesmen and developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related illness, you may be entitled to file a legal claim and receive a substantial monetary recovery.
Can Asbestos Cause Lung Cancer?
Specific types of lung cancer have been directly associated with asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, lung cancer can develop 20 or more years after asbestos exposure, making it hard to trace at times.
Until the 1970s, the dangers of asbestos were not publicly known, meaning many workers in construction, shipbuilding, welding, and the military (among others) were not aware that they were being exposed to this known human carcinogen. Most companies and the military branches using asbestos products were not aware of the dangers either until the late 1970s. It was the asbestos companies that knew and hid it from public knowledge and didn't notify other companies or the military that used their asbestos products until it was too late. They knowingly put millions of workers and their families at risk for decades. To this day, men and women are still discovering they were exposed to asbestos and are, consequently, victims of lung cancer and other asbestos-related illnesses.
Why Choose Serling & Abramson for Asbestos Litigation
1. Serling & Abramson was the first firm in Michigan to represent a victim of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.
In 1975, the spouse of an insulator who died of mesothelioma came to Serling & Abramson Firm looking for help. The firm was able to review the case, research for product identification (PID), and eventually bring the case to trial and win a sizable settlement for the victim’s spouse and young children. At Serling & Abramson it's about more than money, it's about obtaining justice for the diseased victim and their families.
2. We were the first firm in Michigan to win a verdict on behalf of a victim of asbestos disease.
A sizable verdict was also achieved for an insulator and his wife for the disease asbestosis (severe scarring of the lungs). The Serling & Abramson Firm went on to not only represent mesothelioma and asbestosis victims, but also those with lung cancer. While we know smoking can cause lung cancer, studies show that an individual who both smoked and worked with asbestos is 50-90 times more likely to develop lung cancer than someone in the general population who neither smoked nor has been exposed to asbestos. Cigarette smokers who are exposed to asbestos and develop lung cancer are entitled to compensation for their damages or death.
3. Unmatched Michigan experience: don't risk being fooled by out-of-state firms that have no knowledge of asbestos exposures in Michigan.
Many out-of-state law firms advertise that they can help you, but without the experience and knowledge of asbestos exposures specific to Michigan, clients may not get the justice they deserve. In winning cases, it takes an understanding of Michigan building trades. It further requires knowledge of the asbestos exposures involved and the development of an extensive database of asbestos products used at a multitude of different job sites in Michigan. Our firm has represented virtually every building trade and factory setting in the state of Michigan. With nearly 50 years of representing asbestos victims, The Serling & Abramson Firm has the expertise needed to win your case.
4. Many firms only broker (refer out) asbestos cases and have no experience in Michigan.
Many firms say they represent mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases only to pass these cases on to other firms to earn a referral fee. While there is nothing wrong with seeking information when families, unfortunately, have to deal with an asbestos disease case, it is sometimes difficult and confusing for the client when the firm they are dealing with knows very little Michigan asbestos litigation. The Serling & Abramson Firm, a leader in Michigan, will review your case, investigate, gather product identification (PID) and see your case through to the end.
5. We have represented thousands of Michigan victims of asbestos-related mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
From our first insulator cases to the thousands of other building trades we have represented since then, Serling & Abramson is the firm to turn to for asbestos litigation in Michigan.
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