'What Relief Can I Get In Mesothelioma Cases?' And Other FAQs

The law firm of James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., has been successfully handling cases for mesothelioma victims for more than 20 years. The following are answers to some of the questions we hear frequently:

Contact Us For Serious Legal Help If You Have Been Exposed To Asbestos

You could develop mesothelioma if you have been directly or indirectly exposed to asbestos for any short or long period of time. If you have been exposed, do not hesitate to contact us for your free consultation. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., at 304-347-5050 or contact us online to speak with our mesothelioma lawyer. We also handle cases of defective drugs, products liability, wrongful death and other serious injuries.

How do I know if I am at risk for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related medical conditions?

Symptoms may not show up for years. For our clients, this has ranged from about 10 to 50 years. See our partial list or ask us about work sites where asbestos was used.

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Is there a cure for mesothelioma?

Unfortunately, doctors and scientists have not yet found a cure for mesothelioma. However, more clinical trials take place every day, and progress has been made in recent years in treatment programs.

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What does the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) have to do with asbestos?

Yes. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act requires employers to provide a workplace environment "free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." As such, exposing workers to asbestos violates their rights and can be used against an employer in a lawsuit.

Learn more about the OSHA and your rights as an employee through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s website.

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Does West Virginia have any laws specifically concerning asbestos?

There are several articles in the West Virginia Code concerning asbestos. For example, Chapter 16, Article 32 of the West Virginia Code finds that asbestos is a "dangerous toxic substance and harmful to the citizens of this state" and declares that anyone who handles asbestos removal must be specially licensed to do so.

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I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. What can an attorney do for me?

Because mesothelioma is such a serious illness, hiring a qualified attorney with experience in handling mesothelioma cases is important in obtaining proper compensation for your damages. The mesothelioma and asbestos lawyer at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., knows whom to pursue, how and when to file, which experts to call upon, and what your claim is worth. We work diligently on your behalf to secure compensation for your damages so you or your loved one can get the medical treatment he or she needs. We also represent families whose loved ones have already died because of mesothelioma.

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Why should I choose your law firm over another?

Our firm has handled asbestos claims in West Virginia for more than 20 years. There are many West Virginia mesothelioma law firms, but our firm provides a high level of service tailored to meet your needs. Our attorney has extensive experience helping clients reach positive solutions in mesothelioma cases, both at the negotiation table and in court.

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What losses and injuries can be compensated?

Ohio allows plaintiffs to sue for the following types of economic and noneconomic losses:

  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Mental anguish and grief
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Lost past and future wages
  • Financial security for family members
  • Punitive damages

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Will a mesothelioma lawsuit cost me a lot of money?

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., operates on a contingency fee basis — you pay nothing for our services until we collect damages for you. In this way, you can focus on getting the medical help you need. Your attorney's fees come directly out of your settlement or verdict.

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