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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in Michigan? You may be eligible to take legal action for the financial, physical and emotional losses you have had to endure. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is often detected when the illness is at an advanced stage and is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. As the life expectancy for many mesothelioma victims is less than a year after a diagnosis, it can be important for victims and their families to contact a licensed attorney to learn about the legal options that may be available.

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At Jay Trucks & Associates, our Lansing mesothelioma lawyers have decades of experience standing up for families devastated by a loved one’s diagnosis. We have recovered millions in compensation for our clients and are ready to protect your rights.

The consultations are completely free with no risk or obligation to hire our firm. Our services are provided on contingency, so you do not pay anything up front unless and until we help you obtain a recovery.

Schedule a free consultation today at (800) 762-8623.

Am I Eligible to File a Case?

You may have a valid case if you have been diagnosed by a doctor with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops after a period of exposure to asbestos. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Lansing mesothelioma lawyer from our firm to review your situation and discuss your potential legal options.

These cases can be complex, especially since mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose until several decades after the initial asbestos exposure, and many of its symptoms resemble other medical conditions. Proving a history of asbestos exposure over time and the time and place you were exposed to this mineral is also complicated.

Our legal team knows how to thoroughly investigate these cases, gathering medical records, work history and any other relevant evidence to establish the types of asbestos-containing products you were exposed to and whether it is related to occupational or secondary exposure.

How Much is My Mesothelioma Case Worth?

The value of your potential case and your legal options for recovering damages are dependent on certain factors unique to your circumstances.

If a company that manufactured products with asbestos has caused you and other former workers to develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to pursue compensation through one of several asbestos trust funds.

These funds were developed after some companies declared bankruptcy due to the large number of mesothelioma lawsuits filed against them. Asbestos manufacturers were ordered to set up funds to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. Our lawyers can help you file a trust fund claim on your behalf.

Another option is filing a personal injury claim if you and your family need compensation to help pay for medical bills, loss of income and other related expenses after a mesothelioma diagnosis. If a loved one has died from mesothelioma, his or her estate may be able to file a wrongful death claim to cover burial and funeral costs.

Every mesothelioma case is different and so is the compensation. If you have a case, we are ready to pursue maximum compensation to help you pay for medical treatments (surgery, radiation and chemotherapy) as well as palliative care to assist with pain management and provide comfort during the disease’s last stages.

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Liable Parties for Asbestos Exposure

Former employers are most often held liable when they knowingly subject employees to asbestos exposure without warning of the dangers of this mineral. This includes failing to provide the necessary personal protective equipment, such as respirators, eyewear, rubber boots and disposable coveralls and gloves.

Other potential liable parties could include:

How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?

Most mesothelioma claims in Michigan must generally be filed within three years from the date of your diagnosis. This is filing deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Failure to file within the three-year window will likely result in the court dismissing your claim and you being unable to pursue compensation.

Although, based on your situation, you may be required to file before or after this deadline. A qualified Lansing mesothelioma injury attorney is ready to determine the options that may be available for your claim.

Our lawyers are standing by to take your call. (800) 762-8623.

Are There Different Types Of Mesothelioma?

There are four different types of mesothelioma, each defined based on where the cancer develops in the body. At Jay Trucks & Associates, we are prepared to handle cases involving various forms of this disease.

Pleural Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma develops in lining of the lungs. It is also the most common, accounting for about 70 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and unexplained weight loss. Life expectancy for victims who undergo treatment is at least three years with a stage 1 diagnosis and about one year with a stage 4 diagnosis.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen and accounts for about 15 to 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms include swelling and pain in the abdomen, lumps and weight loss. About half of victims who undergo a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can live for at least five years after the initial diagnosis.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart. It is also very rare, accounting for about 200 reported cases. Symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations, chronic coughing and shortness of breath. Life expectancy for victims who undergo treatment is between six weeks to 15 months.

Testicular Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma is develops in the lining of the testes. It is the most rare of the disease, accounting for less than 100 reported cases. Symptoms include scrotal swelling and painless testicular lumps. Victims who undergo surgery and chemotherapy can live for two or more years after the initial diagnosis.

The majority of the time, mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until it has advanced. If the disease is too far along, doctors are unable to operate. In these cases, a doctor may suggest treatments to manage the pain.

Can Mesothelioma Be Cured?

There is currently no cure for mesothelioma. However, if the disease is discovered in its early stages, there are several treatment options available to extend victims’ life expectancy. Over the years, researchers have developed and continue to improve new diagnostic methods and treatments to potentially lead to a cure.

For instance, cytoreductive surgery (CRS) in combination with intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has been known to improve quality of life for victims diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in its early stages.

Differences Between Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer

When a victim is diagnosed with mesothelioma in one of the lungs, he or she may assume it is another form of lung cancer. Although lung cancer and mesothelioma share similar symptoms that affect the lungs, they are distinctly different.

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cancer cells in the lungs, while mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the tissue surrounding the lungs. Mesothelioma also forms in the lining of the lung, also known as the mesothelium, whereas lung cancer forms in the tissue of the lung.

Another difference is that lung cancer typically grows into a large mass. Mesothelioma on the other hand could cause smaller tumors that are harder to distinguish from healthy cells.

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Common Symptoms Of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma usually do not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos, when the disease has unfortunately grown or spread. Some of the most common mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Muscle weakness
  • Respiratory issues
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss

A biopsy will confirm whether you have mesothelioma. Routine blood work or an X-ray may detect early signs of the disease. However, because symptoms resemble other less serious diseases, it can be very difficult to detect. This is why it is important that you see a doctor if you suspect or have any known history of asbestos exposure. Once diagnosed, your medical records could help strengthen your claim for compensation.

Occupations That Exposed Workers To Asbestos

Asbestos has been used in many different products throughout many industries in the U.S. This mineral was incorporated into construction and commercial products, such as:

  • Bricks
  • Cement and concreate
  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Insulation
  • Paints
  • Pipes
  • Roofing

This mineral has also been used in household products, such as electrical appliances, gloves, plastics and rubber. Asbestos exposure was not regulated until the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Although regulations have been passed to promote safer working conditions, there are still occupations that put workers at a higher risk of exposure to asbestos than others. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Boiler mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Car mechanics
  • Factory workers
  • Firefighters
  • Industrial workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron workers
  • Miners
  • Oil refiners
  • Plumbers
  • Power plant workers
  • Roofers
  • Shipyard employees
  • Steel mill workers
  • Welders

Michigan, like other states, has had problems with asbestos exposure. Known for its large auto manufacturing industry including Chevrolet and General Motors Corporation, many car parts (brakes, clutches and gaskets) still contain asbestos.

Other companies that may have exposed workers to asbestos in the Lansing area include:

  • American Bank and Trust
  • Ap Green Refractories Company
  • Arbuckle Ryan Company For Olds Motor Company
  • Atlas Drop Forge Company
  • Auto Owners Insurance Building
  • Board of Water and Electric Light Commissioners
  • Brick & Supplies Corp
  • Celotex Plant
  • City of Lansing Board of Power and Light
  • Davison Chemical Company
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • East Lansing Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Fisher Body Plant
  • Ideal Finishing Company
  • Industrial Welding Corporation
  • Lansing Board of Water & Light
  • Lansing Division White Motor
  • Lansing Heat & Ventilation
  • Lansing Heating & Treating Company
  • Moores Park Power Station
  • Oldsmobile Forge Plant
  • Otto E. Eckert Power Station
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation
  • State Capital Complex
  • State Credit Union
  • Tranter Manufacturing Company
  • Water & Light Building
  • White Motor Company

Call a Lansing Mesothelioma Attorney To Get Started

Mesothelioma is a devastating diagnosis. The companies responsible for causing this type of cancer should be held accountable for their actions.

At Jay Trucks & Associates, we know that no amount of compensation can change what happened, but it may help ease some financial burdens associated with the disease. Our firm has recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients and we are prepared to pursue maximum compensation for you should you have a valid case and decide to move forward.

Our consultations are confidential and free of charge. There is no risk or obligation to take legal action. There are also no upfront fees for our legal services. We do not receive payment unless you obtain compensation.

We are available 24/7. (800) 762-8623.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you may have grounds for legal action. Determining when, where and how you were exposed to asbestos – the mineral that causes this devastating disease – can be very difficult and having an experienced lawyer to help you can be an important step as you consider pursuing compensation for ongoing medical treatment and other damages that often result from this diagnosis.

Jay Trucks & Associates helped us when we thought we were alone. Todd Trucks was very upfront, very professional…
– J. Dillon

For more than three decades, the attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have been helping injury victims throughout Michigan. We have recovered more than $500 million in compensation on their behalf.

There is no risk in contacting us because your initial consultation is free and there is no obligation to take legal action. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means no attorney’s fees unless you receive compensation.

Contact our Grand Rapids mesothelioma attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.

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How Do I Know if I May Have a Case?

There is a very good chance you may have a valid case, as mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and many people were exposed to this mineral when there was plenty of evidence of a link to mesothelioma.

These cases are still complicated, particularly because the disease often develops decades after asbestos exposure, making it very difficult to determine how your exposure happened.

That is why it is important to talk with a licensed attorney about the details of your claim. That way he or she could determine if you do, in fact, have a legitimate case. We may need to discuss your work history, whether former co-workers have been diagnosed with the disease and whether others have already filed claims against one of your former employers.

Our experienced attorneys know how to investigate these issues, including finding information about old employers that have filed for bankruptcy or gone out of business since you worked for them. We have a team of investigators and support staff committed to building a strong case on your behalf.

Liability for a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Former employers are often the ones who are held liable for a mesothelioma diagnosis. It is important to note that others may have liability, depending on how and why you were exposed to asbestos. These other entities might include:

  • Product manufacturers, if you were exposed because you worked with an asbestos-containing product
  • Companies that built ships
  • Mining companies, which may have exposed workers and those living near mining activities
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • Property owners, commercial or private
  • Government entities that owned buildings with asbestos-containing materials

How Did Asbestos Exposure Occur?

One of the issues we may need to consider when determining who may be liable is how you were exposed to asbestos. There are three main types of asbestos exposure: job-related, environmental and secondhand.

Job-related exposure is by far the most common way people were exposed. They may have handled materials made from asbestos or worked close to those who did.

Secondhand exposure is often how family members of an at-risk worker are exposed. The worker comes home with asbestos fibers on his or her clothes or hair and these fibers may get into the air, where they are breathed in by spouses or children of these workers.

Environmental exposure often refers to people who live near an asbestos mine being exposed because mining activities release asbestos fibers into the air.

Our Grand Rapids mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to launch a thorough investigation if we find you have a case. We have the resources and legal knowledge needed to build a robust case.

Jay Trucks and Associates: (800) 762-8623. No upfront fees or obligations.

Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims

There are many types of compensation that we may be able to pursue on your behalf. Mesothelioma victims are often eligible to obtain compensation for things like:

  • Stays at the hospital
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery to remove cancerous tumors
  • Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or crutches to aid in your mobility
  • Testing (blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc.)
  • Palliative care to help manage pain and make victims more comfortable in the late stages of the disease
  • Prescription medications
  • Appointments with doctors and specialists
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of companionship

The value of your claim depends on many things, such as your diagnosis, how effective treatment is and how much financial support you provide to your family.

If you have questions, we have answers. The consultation is free of charge.

What is the Deadline for Filing a Case?

Generally, you have three years from the date of your diagnosis to file a lawsuit for damages. The deadline is set by Michigan’s personal injury statute of limitations. Under this law, if you do not file a case within those three years, you lose the right to do so. If you take the case to court, it is likely to be thrown out.

However, cases against government entities may have a deadline that is much sooner, which is why it is so important to talk to a licensed attorney, like those at Jay Trucks and Associates. We need time to determine if you have a valid case, and if you do, we also need time to investigate to gather strong evidence.

Three years can go by much faster than you think, and compensation is very important as victims and their families deal with the various damages caused by this devastating diagnosis.

Schedule a free consultation today by calling (800) 762-8623.

About Mesothelioma

This is a type of cancer that is particularly aggressive and deadly. Mesothelioma develops in the mesothelium, which is a thin tissue layer covering most of your internal organs.

Forms of Mesothelioma

The two most common types of mesothelioma are pleural and peritoneal. These names are based on where the tumors develop.

Approximately 70 percent of those diagnosed with mesothelioma are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. If the disease is diagnosed during stage one, patients may live up to three years or more with treatment. However, the disease often goes undiagnosed until stage three or four, and these patients may only survive about 12 more months. The disease is often undiagnosed because the symptoms could be applied to many other conditions.

Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdomen. About 15 to 20 percent of those diagnosed with mesothelioma are diagnosed with this form. Research has found that those who undergo surgery and heated chemotherapy may live five years or more after being diagnosed with this form of the disease.

Pericardial and testicular mesothelioma are much more rare forms of mesothelioma. Pericardial affects the lining of the heart while testicular mesothelioma affects the lining of the testes.

Common Symptoms to Watch for

Mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed until the later stages so it is important to see a doctor if you have any reason to suspect your health issues could be caused by mesothelioma. If you notice any of the symptoms below and you worked in a high-risk industry, it is possible you were exposed to asbestos.

  • Pain the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss that seems unusual
  • Pain and/or swelling in your abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Coughing, particularly a wet cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Buildup of fluid around your lungs
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble with balance
  • Respiratory complications
  • Body aches
  • Coughing up blood

As with other cancers, the sooner you are diagnosed, the better the prognosis is likely to be.

How is Lung Cancer Different From Mesothelioma?

People often confuse lung cancer with pleural mesothelioma or think these diseases are the same thing. One of the main differences is that lung cancer is in the lung itself, not the lining, like pleural mesothelioma.

Lung cancer tumors grow in individual masses that have defined boundaries, mesothelioma tumors surround organs and it can be difficult to determine where the tumor stops and where healthy cells begin. This often makes treatment difficult.

Doctors may decide to remove the lining of the lung for patients with mesothelioma. However, with lung cancer, doctors may remove a lobe of the lung or the entire lung.

Jobs With a High Risk for Asbestos Exposure

While asbestos was used in a wide variety of products in many industries, there are still some jobs that put workers at greater risk for exposure to asbestos, either because they worked with asbestos-containing materials or fibers became airborne.

Some of these high-risk jobs and industries include:

  • Factory workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Power plant workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Asbestos processing plant workers
  • Firefighters
  • Construction workers (residential or commercial)
  • Metalworking
  • Steel mills
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Cement plant workers
  • Carpenters
  • Engineers
  • HVAC mechanics
  • Linotype technicians
  • Oil refineries
  • Asbestos miners
  • Textile mills
  • Railroad workers
  • Those who worked with insultation, which was often made of asbestos
  • Rolling and finishing mills
  • Farm workers, particularly those who worked near industrial equipment
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Car mechanics
  • Chemical plant employees
  • Demolition workers
  • Paper mill employees
  • Printing factory workers
  • Roofers
  • Military personnel

Michigan is one of several states where many residents are diagnosed with mesothelioma. The state has a large auto manufacturing industry and many auto parts to this day contain asbestos. This dangerous mineral was discovered at the following automakers’ facilities:

  • Buick
  • Pontiac
  • Chevrolet
  • Cadillac
  • Chrysler
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Ford

Michigan also has other high-risk industries, like manufacturing. Some industrial facilities where workers may have been exposed include:

  • Ralston Purina
  • Marathon Oil
  • Kellogg’s
  • Upjohn
  • Post Cereal Company
  • General Mills
  • Dow Chemical Company

There are dozens of companies in Grand Rapids where workers may have been exposed:

  • AT&T
  • Aladdin Welding
  • Airport Siding
  • American Seating Plant
  • Architectural Systems Inc.
  • Berkley & Gray Furniture Company
  • Bissell Plan
  • Board of Public Works
  • C&O Railway Systems
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company
  • Comstock School
  • Diesel Equipment
  • Eastern Michigan Power Company
  • Ferris State College
  • General Electric
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Grand Rapids Builders Supply
  • Godwin School
  • Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company
  • Grand Rapids Gas Light company
  • Grand Rapids Pulp and Paper Company
  • Grand Rapids Smelting
  • Keeler Brass Company
  • Kent Castings Company
  • National Biscuit Company
  • Vander Woods Tracke
  • White & White Drug Store
  • Wolverine Brass

Did you work at one of these companies or in a high-risk industry? Our Grand Rapids mesothelioma attorneys are available to discuss possible legal options.

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Filing a Claim With an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust

Some companies faced so many lawsuits over employee exposure to asbestos that they were forced into bankruptcy. They then set up bankruptcy trusts to manage claims from employees who were diagnosed with asbestos-linked diseases.

Our experienced attorneys are prepared to handle the filing of this type of claim on your behalf. We are prepared to gather evidence to link your diagnosis to asbestos exposure, including medical records and evidence of your work history.

These claims are reviewed by trustees to determine if money should be paid to the claimant. If they agree to award compensation they will make an offer, and then your attorney may try to negotiate if he or she believes he or she could obtain more compensation.

Do They Have a Cure for Mesothelioma?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma. Treatment may help extend victims’ lives, particularly if the disease is caught early, or if the patient has another type besides pleural mesothelioma. Advances in chemotherapy and radiation therapy have been found to improve survival rates, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).

Call to Set Up a Free Consultation With a Grand Rapids Mesothelioma Attorney

We understand how devastating it can be for a victim and his or her family to find out about a mesothelioma diagnosis. We understand the toll it can take, emotionally, financially and physically.

If you have a case and hire our firm to represent you, we are prepared to pursue maximum compensation to help you pay for medical treatment, including treatment to help manage the side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. We are also committed to pursuing compensation for lost income to help your loved ones if the disease is going to be fatal.

Learn more about how our Grand Rapids mesothelioma attorneys may be able to assist you by calling to schedule a free consultation. We do not get paid unless our clients receive compensation first. Read testimonials from some of our satisfied clients.

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Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that can take several decades to develop inside the body. As there is no cure, when patients receive a diagnosis, they may have just one year to live.

I was very happy with how my case was handled. There was great communication. Phone calls and e-mails were all returned fast….
– K. Fullterton

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this deadly form of cancer, contacting a Flint mesothelioma attorney from Jay Trucks & Associates may be an important step as you consider possible legal options.

The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have over 150 years of combined legal experience and we have recovered over $500,000,000 on behalf of our clients.

Contact our firm today to schedule a free review of your claim. There are no upfront fees and you will not be billed for any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Call (800) 762-8623 to set up your initial consultation with an experienced attorney from Jay Trucks and Associates.

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How Do I Know if I May be Eligible for Compensation?

Asbestos was used in many industries for decades in so many different products. That is part of the reason why many people with mesothelioma have grounds to file a claim to recover compensation from a former employer or other party that exposed people to asbestos. However, each situation is unique, and it is important to review yours with an experienced lawyer to determine if there is a valid case.

Some of the issues we may consider include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

Our qualified team of legal professionals is ready to answer your questions and determine if you may have a case.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive?

The value of each case is unique and depends on many factors, such as the types of treatment you receive and other out-of-pocket expenses.

For example, you may be able to obtain compensation for the cost of:

  • Medical testing
  • Radiation and chemotherapy treatments
  • Surgeries
  • Medical equipment needed
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future wages
  • Palliative care to relieve suffering and improve quality of life

Non-economic damages may also be available, and they include things like:

  • Physical pain
  • Loss of companionship
  • Emotional trauma including, anxiety, depression and stress

If you want to learn more about possible compensation for your mesothelioma claim, call Jay Trucks & Associates today at (800) 762-8623 to schedule your free consultation.

Who Could Be Held Liable?

This is an important question because the answer determines who you file a claim against. Liable parties may include employers and others, such as:

Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Claim?

According to the Michigan statute of limitations, personal injury victims have three years from the date they were diagnosed to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to submit your claim before three years pass, your claim may be dismissed from court.

However, sometimes there are exceptions, so it is important to talk to a qualified attorney to determine the deadline for your claim.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, the thin layer of tissue protecting internal organs.

Most mesothelioma victims contract this disease by being exposed to asbestos fibers at some point in their life. These fibers may be inhaled and become trapped inside the mesothelium, developing into cancerous tumors many years later.

Different Forms of Mesothelioma

According to the American Cancer Society, there are several types of mesothelioma that can affect different parts of the body, such as:

Malignant mesothelioma is also grouped according to the type of cells affected:

We recommend contacting a Flint mesothelioma lawyer at (800) 762-8623.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma

It can take 20 to 50 years after initial exposure for mesothelioma symptoms to appear, and they may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory issues
  • Chronic, painful cough
  • Fever not related to sickness
  • Unexplained onset of muscle weakness
  • Vertigo or other balance issues
  • Pain in the chest or ribs
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Obstructed bowels
  • Night sweats
  • Lumps of tissue underneath the skin on the chest
  • Pleural effusion (when fluid builds up around the lungs)

If you or a loved one has been suffering from one or more of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately. If doctors can diagnose this disease in the early stages, you might have a more favorable prognosis.

What is the Difference Between Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer?

It is common for people to confuse lung cancer and mesothelioma or think mesothelioma is just another type of lung cancer. However, mesothelioma is very different from lung cancer. With lung cancer, tumors develop in the lungs. Mesothelioma develops in the lining around the lungs.

Mesothelioma is also very difficult to treat because of the lack of separation between healthy and unhealthy cells. Unfortunately, treatments like chemotherapy and radiation are often more effective when tumors can be isolated.

Industries That May Have High Risk for Exposure to Asbestos

Some industries put workers at higher risk of being exposed to asbestos:

  • Mineral excavation (mining)
  • Construction
  • Petroleum refining
  • Manufacturing
  • Paper and pulp manufacturing
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Metal manufacturing
  • Glass manufacturing
  • Auto repair
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Shipbuilding
  • U.S. Navy

Some of the jobs associated with these industries may include:

  • Insulation workers
  • Fire fighters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Pipe layers
  • Plumbers
  • Chemical plant employees
  • Oil workers
  • Cement workers
  • Drywall workers
  • Welders
  • Millwrights
  • Iron workers
  • Marine oilers
  • Painters
  • Roofers
  • Machinists
  • Motor vehicle mechanics
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Aircraft mechanics

People who worked in these industries and suffer possible symptoms of mesothelioma should be examined by a qualified doctor as soon as possible. Make sure to inform the doctor about the high-risk industry you worked in.

The dedicated legal team at Jay Trucks & Associates is prepared to take your call anytime 24/7. Call us at (800) 762-8623.

Companies in Michigan That May Have Exposed Workers to Asbestos

Unfortunately, Michigan has a high rate of asbestos-related deaths, partly because of the state’s large automotive manufacturing industry, particularly in the 20th century. There are many companies and worksites in the state that have been linked to asbestos exposure, including:

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • General Mills
  • Upjohn
  • Kellog’s
  • Detroit Edison
  • Northern Michigan Electric Cooperative
  • Central Michigan Light and Power Company
  • Cook Nuclear Power Plant
  • Bridgeman Nuclear Plant
  • Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant
  • Marathon Oil
  • Ralston Purina
  • Defoe Shipyard
  • Jesiek Brothers Shipyard
  • National Steel
  • Michigan Steel Foundry
  • Great Lakes Steel Mill
  • Detroit Grey Iron Foundry

Asbestos was also discovered at factories operated by popular automakers, including:

  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Continental Motor Company
  • Hudson Motor Car Corporation
  • Chevrolet
  • Buick
  • Plymouth
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pontiac
  • Chrysler
  • Cadillac

If you or a loved one worked at any of these companies or worksites, watch for any signs of mesothelioma. You or your loved one may be at high risk for developing this disease.

Trusts Created for Mesothelioma Victims

Sometimes when a company goes bankrupt due to multiple lawsuits against them, they may be forced to set up a trust fund for victims of mesothelioma. If you worked for any of these companies, you may be eligible to file a claim with the trust fund for compensation.

Numerous companies have set up trusts, including large companies like General Motors, Owens Corning and Kaiser Aluminum Corp.

When you file a claim against one of these trusts, you must prove your illness was caused by exposure to asbestos. You will likely need documentation of your work history and diagnosis. The trustees will review your claim and decide how much compensation they may pay out. If they make an offer, your attorney can negotiate to try to recover maximum compensation.

Our Flint mesothelioma attorneys are ready to discuss your situation in a free consultation. (800) 762-8623

Is There a Cure for Mesothelioma?

There is no cure for mesothelioma. As with most cancer types, the earlier it is detected, the better your prognosis may be. The longer you wait to receive treatment, the worse the prognosis could be, especially because this disease is known to spread rapidly throughout the body.

Although everyone’s body may react differently, many people who have peritoneal mesothelioma live longer than those with pleural mesothelioma.

Get in Touch with a Flint Mesothelioma Lawyer Today

It is important that you speak to a licensed lawyer after learning your diagnosis to determine if you may have a viable claim. If you do, contacting us quickly gives us more time to investigate and build a robust case.

Our lawyers are prepared to handle the entire legal process on your behalf, so you can focus on your treatment and recovery from treatment, which can cause debilitating side effects. We understand the difficulties families face when medical bills accumulate, and victims lose income from missing work. For these reasons, we are focused on seeking the maximum compensation available for your mesothelioma claim.

At Jay Trucks & Associates we offer a free case review and you will not have to pay us unless we win your case. Your case review is completely confidential and there is no obligation to have us represent you.

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Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that has no known cure. As it can take decades to develop, many victims are already in the late stages of this disease by the time it is diagnosed. If you are suffering from mesothelioma and believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, you may be eligible to pursue compensation to help cover the costs of your medical expenses and other damages.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, our trusted asbestosis lawyers have been representing mesothelioma victims in Michigan for decades. During that time, we have recovered millions in compensation for the thousands of clients we have represented throughout Clare and the rest of the state. The firm’s founder, Jay F. Trucks is an active member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential for a claim and determine whether you may have a valid mesothelioma injury case. We have extensive knowledge of state law and are committed to helping our clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries.

Free consultation: (800) 762-8623

Do I Have A Valid Mesothelioma Case?

Mesothelioma is a diagnosis that is caused by a very specific type of environmental exposure. If you are suffering from this disease, you may very likely have a valid case. However, we cannot provide a definitive answer without first understanding the unique circumstances of your potential claim.

In the free mesothelioma claim review we offer, a qualified member of our legal team can examine multiple factors that will help us to determine whether you may have a case, including:

How Much Is My Mesothelioma Claim Worth?

Every mesothelioma case is different, and there may be multiple potential sources for recovering compensation. Additionally, there are different types of compensation you may be eligible to pursue, so it is difficult to assign a value without knowing all the details specific to your situation.

Contact our firm to schedule your free mesothelioma claim review. We are prepared to examine the factors that contributed to your asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis. If you have a valid case and we represent you, we have the resources to aggressively research all potential sources of compensation on your behalf.

Some of the types of damages you may be eligible for could include:

  • Medical expenses, such as in-hospital stays, surgery or doctor’s appointments
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Palliative care
  • MRIs, CAT scans and other diagnostic tests
  • Assistive medical equipment
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

We understand that compensation will not change what has happened to you, but we have seen how it can help injured victims to be able to focus on their health and family.

No Upfront Fees. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Who May Be Liable for My Diagnosis?

Researching who may be liable for exposing you to asbestos can be challenging. Mesothelioma is a slow-developing disease, so you may have to investigate years or decades back in your employment history.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we know how to research former employers, even if they are no longer in business, and find out who may have been using materials or products that contained asbestos.

In addition to former employers, there are multiple other parties who could share responsibility for your asbestos exposure and resulting diagnosis of mesothelioma, including:

  • Government agencies that owned asbestos-containing buildings
  • Commercial or private property owners who owner property where you may have worked as a contractor
  • Any of the Armed Forces
  • Ship-building companies
  • Manufacturers of products that contained asbestos, such as in the auto industry
  • Mining companies

Are There Any Deadlines for Filing a Claim?

Michigan’s strict deadline for filing a claim, called a statute of limitations, is three years from the date of your diagnosis. For heirs who may consider bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one, the statute of limitations is three years after death. If you miss the filing deadline, the court is likely to dismiss your case and you will no longer be able to file a damages lawsuit over your diagnosis.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have extensive knowledge of the Michigan laws that may apply to these claims, and we are prepared to help. Three years sounds like a long time, but it goes by very quickly. Mesothelioma cases are especially complicated and your attorney needs time to investigate where your exposure may have occurred and gather other clear evidence to build a strong claim on your behalf.

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Common Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of tumor that begins to develop after someone inhales asbestos fibers into his or her lungs. These fibers become embedded in the mesothelium – or membrane lining – of the protective tissue that surrounds not only the lungs, but other internal organs, such as the heart, abdomen and testicles.

When a physician is finally able to diagnose it, a patient is often in the late stages of the disease with a 12-month or less life expectancy.

The different forms of mesothelioma include:

What are the Signs or Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is often difficult to diagnose in the early stages because most patients were exposed to asbestos 10 years or more before they began to exhibit any signs.

Early warning signs of mesothelioma include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A dry or wheezing cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe pain in the ribcage, chest or abdomen
  • Multiple unrelated respiratory complications
  • Unrelated fever
  • Sudden onset of muscle weakness
  • Fluid buildup around the lungs (the most common symptom of pleural mesothelioma)
  • Balance issues, such as vertigo
  • Nausea or bloating
  • Night sweats

Companies with High Asbestos Exposure Risk in Michigan

Michigan is one of the leading states nationwide for residents with mesothelioma. This is partly because of the many industries there that commonly used asbestos in products ranging from auto parts, pipes and insultation to protective clothing worn by employees in certain industries.

These are some of the more well-known companies that have been connected to asbestos exposure.

  • Buick Plant: Flint
  • Chevrolet Motor Plant: Detroit
  • Consumers Power Company: Bay City, Erie and Essexville
  • Defoe Shipbuilding Corporation: Bay City
  • Detroit Edison Company: Monroe
  • Dow Chemical Company: Midland
  • Dow Chemical Bay Plant: Bay City
  • DuPont Chemical: Flint
  • Fisher Body Corporation: Flint
  • General Motors Corporation – Detroit, Lansing
  • Ford Motor Company: Dearborn
  • GMC Buick Oldsmobile Pontiac – Detroit
  • Great Lakes Steel Corporation: Ecorse
  • Kalamazoo State Hospital: Kalamazoo
  • Kent Castings Company – Grand Rapids
  • McLouth Steel: Wyandotte
  • Michigan State University: East Lansing
  • Palisades Nuclear Power Plant: Muskegon
  • Scott Paper Company: Delray
  • Wyandotte Chemical Company: Wyandotte

Occupations that are linked to higher risks of exposure include:

  • Asbestos processing plants
  • Metalworks industry
  • Steel mills
  • Oil refineries
  • Asbestos miners
  • Auto mechanics
  • Fire fighters
  • Chemical plant employees
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition contractors
  • Oil refinery laborers
  • Paper mill employees
  • Printing factory workers
  • Roofers
  • Ship builders
  • Steel manufacturer laborers
  • Military personnel

Primary Methods of Asbestos Exposure

There are three primary ways that people are exposed to asbestos, including:

Are you experiencing symptoms? Have you worked in a high-risk area and are concerned you may have been exposed to asbestos? If so, we recommend being examined by a doctor who is familiar with mesothelioma as soon as possible.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, we recommend consulting with one of our lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates to discuss your potential legal options.

How May an Attorney Benefit A Mesothelioma Claim?

Mesothelioma legal cases are very complicated. They involve a lot of research to determine where you may have been exposed and who may be liable for your diagnosis. Building a strong case for compensation takes time and extensive knowledge of state law and the mesothelioma legal process.

Most mesothelioma injury victims typically do not have the health, resources or time to gather the evidence needed to build a strong argument for compensation.

Our Clare mesothelioma lawyers are ready to fully manage the investigation of your potential claim, and we are prepared to aggressively fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. We have a history of recovering millions in compensation for injured victims, and if you have a case, we are prepared to do so on your behalf.

Contact our office for a free mesothelioma consultation today: (800) 762-8623

Steps You Can Take Following a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

After receiving a life-ending diagnosis, such as mesothelioma, you may feel paralyzed with fear and wonder what you can do. However, there are steps you can take to help you, including:

In Clare, Michigan, there are many treatment centers that can provide treatment.

Contact a Clare Mesothelioma Lawyer today

If you or someone you care about has been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, we encourage you to contact our office today. We are ready to review the specifics of your potential claim, even if you are unsure whether you may have a case. Our consultation is completely free, and we accept mesothelioma cases on contingency. This means that there are zero up-front costs to you, and we only get paid if we are successful.

Call Jay F. Trucks and Associates today to get started. We understand the uncertainty of a mesothelioma diagnosis and that nothing can change the damage that has been done. However, we are prepared to help you recover maximum compensation for your damages.

We are located less than a mile from the MidMichigan Medical Center in Clare.

Jay Trucks and Associates. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Mesothelioma is a debilitating and fatal disease that develops when tiny particles of asbestos are ingested and become trapped in the lungs. Victims may be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, you may be compensated for funeral and burial costs, loss of future income and loss of companionship.

Jay Trucks & Associates really care about their clients. My attorney was very helpful and understanding. I would definitely recommend them to family, friends, and colleagues.
– W. Harris

Have a Traverse City mesothelioma lawyer from Jay Trucks and Associates review your claim in a free consultation to see if you may qualify for compensation. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience helping the people of Michigan get the financial assistance they need after an injury caused by another’s negligence. We have over 250-plus five-star reviews from satisfied clients.

Call our legal team today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Traverse City mesothelioma lawyers. There are no hidden costs or upfront fees and there is no obligation to have us represent your claim.

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How Do I Know if my Case Qualifies for Compensation?

Although mesothelioma may take several decades to develop inside the body, you or your lawyer must prove how and where you may have been exposed to asbestos to validate your claim.

Some of the information you may need to prove your case, include:

If you are unclear about whether your claim qualifies for compensation, contact a Traverse City mesothelioma attorney from Jay Trucks and Associates. Your initial consultation is at no cost to you and we only receive payment when we successfully recover compensation for damages.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?

Finding out how you may have been exposed to asbestos could be the most challenging part of the claims process. The Traverse City mesothelioma lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates know how to research past employers who may have used asbestos-containing products or had a history of mesothelioma claims filed against them.

Besides former employers, there could be other parties who may be held liable for damages caused by your mesothelioma diagnosis, such as:

Unsure if you need a Traverse City mesothelioma attorney? Contact Jay Trucks and Associates today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

Call (800) 762-8623 to learn more about who could be held liable for your damages.

How Much Compensation Am I Eligible For?

The amount of compensation you receive depends on several important factors your lawyer will go over with you. If your claim has merit, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages related to your mesothelioma diagnosis.

Economic Damages

These damages include out-of-pocket expenses, such as:

  • Doctor visits
  • Medical tests (MRI’s, CT Scans, etc.)
  • Hospital stays
  • Surgeries
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Assistive medical devices
  • Palliative care
  • Loss of wages
  • Inability to earn wages

Non-Economic Damages

These types of damages are physical and psychological suffering:

  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Surviving family members may be able to receive compensation if they lost a loved one due to mesothelioma. Funeral and burial costs, loss of future income and loss of companionship are some types of compensation that surviving family members may be able to recover.

When Do I Have to File my Claim By?

Mesothelioma victims or their surviving family members have only three years from the date of diagnosis to file a personal injury claim in the state of Michigan. If you wait until after the three years have passed, you might lose your right to recover compensation for the diagnosis.

Since not every case is the same, there could be certain details that could require you to submit your claim earlier than three years. It is important to discuss the details of your claim with a knowledgeable Traverse City mesothelioma attorney to find out when your claim is due.

Because mesothelioma can take decades to form inside the body, these cases may take some time to investigate, so the sooner you schedule your free consultation, the more time we may have to help strengthen your claim.

Jay Trucks & Associates Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Different Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, which is the thin layer of tissue that protects your internal organs. Victims of this deadly disease usually have contracted it by inhaling asbestos particles at some point in their lives. These particles get caught inside the mesothelium and can form cancerous tumors many years later.

The American Cancer Society lists four of the most common types of the disease:

Malignant mesothelioma is also categorized by the cells that are affected:

If you have been diagnosed with any of the above-mentioned forms of mesothelioma, you could be eligible for financial compensation. Contact a Traverse City mesothelioma lawyer at Jay Trucks and Associates today for a free review of your claim.

What are Some Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Some mesothelioma victims do not feel symptoms for decades after their exposure to asbestos. Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Pain in the chest or ribs
  • Respiratory issues
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever not related to sickness
  • Night sweats
  • Chronic, painful cough
  • Stomach pain or swelling
  • Bloating
  • Obstructed bowels
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Vertigo or other balance issues
  • Nausea
  • Lumps of tissue underneath the skin around the chest area
  • Pleural effusion (fluid builds up around the lungs)

If you are feeling any of the symptoms above, we recommend getting examined by a health care professional. If you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, consider contacting a Traverse City mesothelioma attorney. You could be compensated for medical expenses and other damages related to your illness.

Dial (800) 762-8623 today to schedule your free case consultation.

Occupations at Risk for Mesothelioma

If you were employed in one of the below occupations, you are considered to have been at high risk for asbestos exposure during your time of employment:

  • Firefighters
  • Construction workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Factory workers
  • Asbestos mining
  • Steel mill workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Boiler workers
  • Insulators
  • Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Auto mechanics
  • Plumbers
  • Railroad workers
  • Metal workers
  • Chemical plant workers
  • HVAC technicians
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Cement workers
  • Blacksmiths

If you or a loved one worked in any of the above occupations, you may have been exposed to asbestos at some point during your employment. If you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis from your doctor or other health care professional, you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover medical bills and other related expenses.

Reach Out to a Traverse City Mesothelioma Attorney Today

Dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience for victims and their families. The licensed attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to help you through the recovery process.

Our firm has been holding negligent parties liable for damages for over 30 years in the state of Michigan. You can contact our team of legal professionals anytime, 24/7 to set up a free review of your mesothelioma claim. We work on contingency, which means you pay us nothing unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. You will not be required to have us represent you, even after your free claim review, so there is no risk to you.

Dial (800) 762-8623 today to set up your free claim review or fill out a free online form and someone will reach out to you soon after.

Jay Trucks & Associates – No Upfront Fees.