Skilled South Carolina Attorney Manages Mesothelioma Litigation
Highly professional representation for victims of asbestos exposure
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, the future can look pretty bleak. Little can be done to treat the disease, which is relentless and merciless. However, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. While compensation cannot restore your health, it can relieve your financial hardship and provide some small measure of justice by holding the responsible parties accountable. The Law Offices of David L. Hood manages mesothelioma claims for clients throughout South Carolina. Drawing on more than 25 years of personal injury experience, we prosecute your case professionally and effectively so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Asbestos exposure in South Carolina
Mesothelioma is an incredibly painful and deadly cancer of the mesothelial tissue that covers most internal organs. The affected tissue becomes brittle, making organ function extremely painful. Often associated with the lungs, mesothelioma also attacks the abdomen, the pericardial tissues surrounding the heart and the testicles.
Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure, especially in the workplace. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with heat-resistant qualities that offered many benefits to heavy industry in the last century. Because mesothelioma has a very long latency period, many sufferers don’t develop symptoms until decades after their exposure. In South Carolina, asbestos exposure was common in a number of industries during the 20th century:
- Shipbuilding — From the mid-1930s onward, asbestos was used heavily in the shipbuilding industry.
- Energy — Power plants employed asbestos as insulation and in many machine parts.
- Military — Asbestos had many military applications, from insulation on naval vessels to brake pads.
- Paper — Paper mills used asbestos in the development of many home and office products.
South Carolina workers who developed mesothelioma may have a case against their old employers and may be able to recover compensation even if that employer has gone out of business.
The legal basis for mesothelioma liability
Although the dangers associated with asbestos were well known, industrial leaders conspired for decades to suppress information about workers contracting mesothelioma. This disregard for worker safety became the basis for many mesothelioma lawsuits that rocked industry in the 1970s and 1980s, forcing many companies into bankruptcy. However, the bankruptcy courts required these companies to establish trust funds to compensate workers who might later develop mesothelioma. Today, a person who develops mesothelioma can bring an action against an existing company or the trust established by a defunct company.
A personal injury attorney can help mesothelioma patients identify the source of their exposure and file a claim alleging negligence in the handling of asbestos at that site. Most mesothelioma claims reach a settlement without a trial, but trials are sometimes necessary when a defendant refuses to acknowledge liability. With our knowledge and experience in mesothelioma cases, we can manage your claim professionally and aggressively to deliver the best possible results.
Contact a results-oriented attorney in South Carolina for your mesothelioma claim
The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides aggressive legal representation for victims of asbestos exposure who have developed mesothelioma. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-491-6025 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we can come to you.