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Daughter of Wisconsin Asbestos Victim Files Lung Cancer Lawsuit

The daughter of an asbestos cancer victim who passed away from his disease recently filed asbestos lung cancer Illinois state court against her father’s employer and several other defendants alleging the companies failed to exercise due care. The asbestos lung cancer lawsuit names Buffalo Air Handing Inc., Cooper Industries LLC, URS Corp. and others as defendants and seeks compensation for the victim’s wrongful death.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, the victim developed his lung cancer from decades of working with asbestos contaminated products produced and/or distributed by the defendants. The plaintiff’s lawsuit alleges that the defendants knew of the risks associated with products containing asbestos but made a conscious decision not to inform the plaintiff and others of the risks associated.

The victim received his lung cancer diagnosis in December 2017 and passed away soon after in February 2018, at which point the victim’s daughter continued the suit on his behalf to recover compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of his estate. Sadly, many other asbestos cancer victims suffer the same fate as the one in this case where they are given little time left to live and pursue justice against those who caused their irreversible condition.

Asbestos is commonly found as a flaky white mineral and was once used in wide variety of industrial and commercial applications due to its heat-resistant properties. Although the federal government did not start to regulate the sale and use of asbestos until the 1970s, companies knew for decades about the risks of asbestos exposure but did nothing to warn workers and consumers about the dangers.

Even though nothing can undo the effects of an asbestos related lung cancer diagnosis, the law gives victims and their surviving family members the legal right to file mesothelioma cancer lawsuits and hold wrongdoers responsible for their careless actions. Filing claims can recover compensation for damages such as medical treatment, hospital bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of living with the disease. Furthermore, many companies also have set aside money in asbestos trusts for claimants to draw from in cases the companies go bankrupt.

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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

Family of Texas Petroleum Worker Files Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit Against Phillips 66

The family of a deceased Texas petroleum worker recently filed a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against the victim’s employer, Phillips 66, over allegations that the company knew about dangerous working conditions, including asbestos exposure, but did nothing to warn employees. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit asks the court to award exemplary damages (sometimes referred to as punitive damages) for what they deem to be especially egregious behavior on the part of the defendant.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County District Court, the deceased worked from 1955 to 1979 for Phillips Petroleum at the company’s Bogner facility as an insulator, during which time he was exposed to asbestos. As a result of the exposure to asbestos, the victim developed mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the body’s vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen. In January 2017, the victim passed away due to his condition, which the lawsuit alleges was a painful experience.

The plaintiffs claim that Phillips Petroleum was well aware of the dangers employees faced while working with asbestos and other carcinogens but did not put in place reasonable safety measures to prevent foreseeable health consequences or warning employees about the risks. This indifference to worker safety was tantamount to an act of malice, and Phillips Petroleum should therefore be subject to severe punishment, according to the plaintiffs.

Industrial Jobs and Risk of Asbestos

 Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications for its heat-resistant properties and ability to be formed into almost any shape to meet the appropriate application. Unfortunately, the widespread use of asbestos in insulation, pipe fitting, and gasket making exposed tens of thousands of innocent men and women to the very real dangers of developing mesothelioma.

Although use of asbestos has been heavily regulated by the federal government since the mid-1970s, companies had known for decades about the serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure but did nothing to warn employees or consumers. Now, decades later, thousands of people receive a mesothelioma diagnosis each year, which is directly linked to the exposure they endured in years past.

While nothing can undo the harm of a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, filing a lawsuit can help recover much needed compensation for vital medical care and lost wages incurred while battling the disease. Furthermore, an asbestos cancer lawsuit can hold wrongdoers accountable for creating their harmful products and knowingly exposing the public to a known carcinogen just for the sake of turning a profit and increasing a company’s bottom line.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced nationwide mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

 

Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit Goes to Trial in South Carolina

The trial in an asbestos cancer lawsuit recently began in South Carolina, pitting the survivors of a mesothelioma patient against Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and the outlet of Rite Aid. The trial begins on the heels of a substantial multi-million dollar verdict handed down by a New Jersey jury last month in a case brought by another mesothelioma victim who claimed that use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products resulted in a mesothelioma diagnosis.

According to the talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Darlington County Court of Common Pleas, the 30-year-old victim passed away from a very rare form of cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for decades sold by Rite Aid. In addition to filing suit against Johnson & Johnson for marketing the product and Rite Aid for distributing it, the plaintiffs filed suit against Imerys Talc, which supplied the key ingredients used.

The plaintiff’s surviving family members, who filed the claim on her behalf, claim the victim used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products nearly every day of her life and that these products were contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos and talc are naturally occuring minerals often found in deposits side by side with each other, and the former is directly associated with developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissues surrounding vital organs like the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Mesothelioma usually takes 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos to develop, and by the time doctors diagnose the illness, victims are often left with diminished treatment options to improve their health.

In April 2018, a Middlesex, New Jersey Superior Court jury handed down a $37 million judgement for medical bills and pain and suffering against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc. The same jury also determined the defendants acted with extreme recklessness and awarded an additional $80 million in punitive damages to compensate the plaintiffs and punish the defendants for their negligent behavior. Johnson & Johnson faces dozens of similar lawsuits brought by other victims across the country and continues to deny liability in those claims instead of compensating victims appropriately.

While no amount of money can undo a mesothelioma diagnosis, the law allows victims and their surviving family members to file mesothelioma cancer lawsuits against asbestos companies to recover vital compensation to pay for medical treatment. Furthermore, some asbestos companies were required to set up asbestos bankruptcy trusts with which victims may file administrative claims to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

California Jurors Find Johnson & Johnson Acted with Malice in Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit

A California jury recently awarded a plaintiff $4 million in punitive damages after determining that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson acted with malice when it produced and sold talcum powder products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers. The punitive damages award comes just days after the same jury handed down a substantial $21.7 million in compensatory damages in a case which is Johnson & Johnson’s second trial loss in as many months.

The 68-year-old plaintiff in the case claimed she developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of decades of using talc-based products sold by Johnson & Johnson. While Johnson & Johnson has denied any liability in the case, the company faces thousands of other lawsuits across the country brought by victims claiming they developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other cancers after using talcum powder products.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Due to the latency period of the disease, many asbestos cancer victims do not show symptoms for 20 to 50 years, which leaves them with diminished treatment options. Even though medical science continues to make progress every day with treatments, there is still no definitive cure for a mesothelioma diagnosis.

In addition to filing her asbestos cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the victim and her husband named Imerys SA, Cyprus Amax Minerals, a unit of Brenntag, Honeywell International and other talc suppliers as defendants, but held that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for two-thirds of the plaintiff’s harm. In April 2018, a Middlesex County, New Jersey Superior Court jury ordered Imerys Talc America and Johnson & Johnson to pay the plaintiffs in a mesothelioma talcum powder cancer lawsuit $37 million, holding Johnson and Johnson 70% responsible and Imerys 30% responsible.

Although talc does not contain asbestos itself, the two minerals are often found in natural deposits side by side, which can cause contamination. Despite Congress passing laws decades ago holding that talc products must be asbestos-free, juries across the country have held that many companies like Johnson & Johnson continue to produce asbestos-contaminated cosmetics products that put the public at risk.

While no amount of money can undo a mesothelioma diagnosis, filing a lawsuit against asbestos companies can hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safe as well as recover much needed compensation for lost wages and medical bills. Even in cases in which the victim has passed away due to his or her illness, survivors may be able to continue the lawsuit on their behalf and continue the fight in a court of law.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

Los Angeles Jury Awards Mesothelioma Victim $21.7 Million in Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury recently handed down a substantial verdict in favor of a mesothelioma victim who filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, Cyprus Amax Minerals, Honeywell International, a unit of Brenntag and other local talc suppliers. In their verdict, the jury awarded the plaintiff $21.7 million in compensatory damages and will soon decide whether or not to punish the defendants further by awarded punitive damages.

The victim and her husband originally filed their mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against the defendants in 2017, alleging Johnson & Johnson knowingly sold talc products sourced from asbestos contaminated mines. As a result of using talcum powder over the course of many years, the victim developed mesothelioma, according to the lawsuit.

Jurors found Johnson & Johnson 67% responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries and will have to pay a share of the award proportional to this determination. The remainder of the award will be split among the remaining defendants in the case.

The verdict marks the second one handed down against the company in as many months, and it currently faces another ongoing trial in Darlington County, South Carolina over similar allegations thats talc-based products caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma diagnosis. In April 2018, a New Jersey jury handed down a massive $117 million to a man who claimed years of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused his mesothelioma diagnosis.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer linked directly with exposure to asbestos. The disease commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organ like the heart, lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years, and by the time patients begin to show symptoms, they are often left with diminished medical treatment options to fight the disease.

While talc does not contain asbestos itself, the two naturally occurring minerals are often discovered in deposits very close to one another, increasing the risk of contaminated talc used in a variety of consumer products. Although the federal government mandated talc be asbestos free and placed many other regulations on the use of asbestos in other products since the 1970s, many companies were already aware of the dangers but continued to place their dangerous products into the stream of commerce.

As a result of the greed of asbestos companies, tens of thousands of innocent people developed a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis and suffered serious damages. By filing an asbestos cancer lawsuit, victims and their families can recover vital compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of living with a disease that still has no cure today.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

Widow Sues Asbestos Cleanup Contractor Over Husband’s Mesothelioma Diagnosis

The widow of a man who passed away after decades of working in a San Francisco shipyard recently filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against the federal contractor responsible for the cleanup efforts on which the victim worked. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit names Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech, which is embroiled in a $27 billion lawsuit with other residents of Hunter’s Point suing for their own damages incurred from the botched cleanup effort. Residents believe it could be decades before their community is safe.

According to the mesothelioma lawsuit, the victim passed away in 2106 after working for decades as a laborer for Tetra Tech’s cleanup of toxic substances at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, right next to the surrounding residential community. The plaintiff claims that her husband frequently performed his duties without being issued hazardous materials protection suits or respirator masks to block toxic particles in the air.

The lawsuit claims Tetra Tech has repeatedly lied about the levels of asbestos, radiation, and other toxic substances still found on the site since the cleanup project concluded. While the defendant stands behind its work, the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency have both come out and said they believe the shipyard and surrounding area may still contain radioactive material even after 12 years of cleanup and testing.

As a result of his exposure, the plaintiff developed mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the lungs and abdomen. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications for its heat resistant properties. Consequently, asbestos cancer victims were often employed on military bases and naval shipyards as members of cleanup crews, pipefitters, welders, and construction workers.

Although asbestos has been heavily regulated since the federal government passed legislation restricting its use in 1970s, thousands of innocent people have been exposed to the deadly carcinogen due to improperly conducted abatement projects. When companies fail to take proper precautions to protect their workers, exposure can result in serious health complications, including mesothelioma.  Even those harmed by asbestos before its regulation may have viable claims as defendants knew for decades about the health risks posed to innocent people who came into contact with asbestos.

While no amount of money can undo the harm caused the careless actions of negligent asbestos companies, filing civil lawsuits in court is often the only way to hold these bad actors accountable and force them to take responsibility. By filing a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, victims can recover compensation for their hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

First Talc Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Trial Underway in Florida

The first talc mesothelioma cancer trial in Florida recently began as both sides delivered their opening statements to the men and women of the jury who will ultimately decide whether the victim in this case finally receives justice. The plaintiff’s lawsuit claims he developed malignant mesothelioma from years of exposure to industrial talc products that were contaminated with asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that can be found alongside talc deposits.

According to the asbestos talc lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered from asbestos exposure for years while working Florida Tile Company during the 1970s. Talc is commonly used in a variety of industrial and cosmetic applications, such as the ceramics products the victim routinely worked with during his tenure with the tile company. Other uses for industrial talc include chemical coatings, paper, and plastics and while there have been other lawsuits brought to trial by mesothelioma cancer victims involving industrial talc products, this is believed to be the first of its kind in Florida.

The victim claims that the defendants, which include multiple businesses and chemical companies, knew about the health risks associated with using their products but failed to warn him about the dangers associated. However, only one defendant, Honeywell International, remains as a defendant in the trial as all the others have either been excused from the lawsuit or have settled their own claims with the defendant. The trial is expected to last anywhere from two to three weeks and could set an important precedent for other victims both legally and socially for other cancer victims harmed by the side effects of using industrial talc products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers.

As with many asbestos companies, the defendant has denied liability in the case and claimed that its products did not contain asbestos nor the particular type of talc fibers found in the victim’s lung tissue. Many other mesothelioma cancer victims across the country have filed their own claims alleging they used talc-based products contaminated with asbestos fibers. Those products include talcum powder cosmetics products used by thousands of Americans decades ago before the federal government finally began to regulate asbestos.

Asbestos cancer victims who used talc products have important legal rights to file claims against these cosmetics companies and their suppliers and hold these businesses responsible for the harm they caused through the indifference to public safety. Mesothelioma cancer lawsuits can recover vital compensation for medical treatment to fight the cancer as well as recover lost wages from being unable to work while recovering from the disease. Because strict statute of limitations apply, victims are encouraged to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

U.S. Appeals Court Sends Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Back to State Court for Trial

The family of a mesothelioma cancer victim can breathe a small sigh of relief after a U.S. Appeals Court affirmed a lower District Court ruling that will send the asbestos injury lawsuit back to state court for trial. Attorneys for the defendant in the case had attempted to use a little known legal statute to keep the lawsuit out of state court and potentially have the case heard in front of a federal judge that may be more favorable to arguments from the defense.

According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, the victim in the case passed away from complications related to her condition, which was brought on by secondhand exposure of asbestos. The lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff’s father, who worked at Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana, frequently came home with asbestos fibers on his clothes and that his daughter, the plaintiff, would do his laundry for him and developed mesothelioma as a result.

The asbestos lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendant, Avondale, was negligent in his handling of asbestos insulation around its business and did nothing to warn employees despite knowing about the risks. An expert witness for the plaintiffs testified that Avondale Shipyard had no oversight from federal regulators and that any lapses in safety were the result of the defendant’s shortcomings and not a federal agency.

Defense attorneys for Avondale Shipyard tried to invoke the federal officer removal statute under the premise that the shipyard acted under the direction of a federal entity and the case should therefore be heard in federal court. A federal District Court disagreed with the defendant’s arguments and remanded the case back to state court for trial but that decision was appealed to a federal Appeals Court for reconsideration.

In taking up the issue, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to remand the case back to state court. Now, the victim’s five surviving brothers will have the opportunity to bring the case in front of a jury of their sister’s peers and hold Avondale Shipyard responsible for its indifference to the safety of its workers.

The case is another classic example of the lengths many defendants will go to skirt liability and avoid compensating victims for the harm they have caused by choosing to put profits ahead of the health and safety of ordinary people. Fortunately, the law gives plaintiffs the right to hire experienced and dedicated mesothelioma lawyers to represent their legal interests and compel wrongdoers to accept responsibility for their negligence acts.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

Vanderbilt Minerals LLC Settles Florida Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit

A former tile worker and a New York chemical company recently agreed to a settlement to resolve a multimillion dollar mesothelioma cancer lawsuit filed in Florida that claimed the defendant knowingly manufactured and distributed asbestos contaminated talc products. The settlement came almost at the end of a three-week trial as the men and women of the jury began their deliberations over what, if any, compensation the plaintiff should be entitled to for his injuries.

According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, filed in Polk County Circuit Court, the plaintiff suffered from exposure to asbestos contained in products manufactured by the defendant, Vanderbilt Minerals LLC. The lawsuit claims that the defendant manufactured its ceramics products with talc sourced from mines contaminated with asbestos and that the years of exposure led to the victim’s cancer diagnosis. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that despite knowing about the dangers posed by its asbestos contaminated products, the defendants did nothing to warn users of the risk.

As was expected, the defendants denied responsibility for manufacturing and distributing their asbestos contaminated products, going so far as to blame the plaintiff for his own injuries and suggesting other companies were responsible for the victim’s injuries. In particular, the defense claimed that the plaintiff’s mesothelioma cancer could have developed from the victim’s hobby of working on his car with products known to contain asbestos. While the plaintiff’s attorney acknowledged the other potential sources of asbestos exposure raised by the defendant, any allocation should be minimal as Vanderbilt failed to provide adequate worksite safety training to its employees.

While the terms of the settlement are confidential, the potential compensation could be substantial as the plaintiff’s lawsuit asked the court to award him and his wife $11.55 in damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical bills. The case is also significant because it is one of the first “industrial talc” injury cases to go to trial in the country. While cosmetic talc cases alleging other forms of cancer have been heard in courts throughout the country, few have been heard involving allegations that companies created industrial products with asbestos contaminated talc.

Talc and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals and deposits can be found in proximity to one another. Although federal regulations have required talc to be asbestos free for many decades, many claims are just now coming to light due to the latency period of the disease. Often times, it takes anywhere from 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma patients to show symptoms of their disease which can limit their treatment options and make seeing an asbestos cancer lawsuit all the way through more difficult.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

Colorado State Senate to Take Up Asbestos Claims Bill

The Colorado state senate is expected to take up a bill that could potentially have far reaching effects on the rights of mesothelioma cancer victims looking to recover vital compensation to help with their medical treatment and recovery of lost wages. The bill is one of several others passed in state houses across the country under the guise of transparency and expediency, but is really meant to help asbestos companies skirt liability for the harm they have caused.

Introduced by Senate President pro tem Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling, Colorado, Senate Bill 123 is based on model legislation created by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, a nationwide group of lobbyists funded by insurance companies and defense attorneys. At least 12 states have already passed their version of the Colorado bill and other states with Republican controlled legislatures are expected to try and pass their own.

If passed, Senate Bill 123 would require mesothelioma cancer victims filing lawsuits against solvent entities to disclose whether or not they may have filed any claims with asbestos bankruptcy trusts for the same injuries. Because of the decades-long latency period associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis, many victims must file both civil lawsuits and administrative claims with the asbestos trusts to ensure they hold all negligent parties responsible, whether these entities are still doing business or not.

There are currently almost 60 asbestos bankruptcy trusts created by more than 100 now defunct companies whose products contained asbestos at one point and may be liable for future claims when a victim receives his or her diagnosis. With a combined $25 to $30 billion in all the asbestos bankruptcy trusts, lobbyists for insurance companies often assert that legislation like the one being considered in Colorado is important to ensuring the trusts help as many people as possible.

However, these types of bills are often just another hurdle mesothelioma cancer victims and their attorneys must overcome in order to proceed with litigation with defendants who refuse to take responsibility for creating such deadly products. Sadly, the majority of asbestos cancer plaintiffs pass away within two years of receiving their mesothelioma diagnosis, making time a precious luxury that many cannot afford to waste on ancillary legal proceedings designed to only satisfy the insurance lobby.

With so much on the line, asbestos cancer victims need to make sure they retain an experienced and dedicated mesothelioma lawyer to handle their case and ensure all administrative and civil procedure is followed. Because victims only have one shot at justice, they need to pick the right lawyer for them and their case.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.