If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should seek help immediately from a skilled and experienced attorney who truly understands the medical, legal and personal challenges that you face.

The Sloan Firm knows how a mesothelioma diagnosis can overwhelm you – especially when faced with high medical expenses, lost income and a great deal of uncertainty about your future. We can provide the highly compassionate and professional legal representation you need and deserve during this stressful and difficult time.

150 years of combined legal experienceOur attorneys offer more than 150 years of combined legal experience and a record of achieving positive results. Through the years, we have secured significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients in Longview and throughout East Texas.

We also work with clients beyond Texas in states that include New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.

When we take on your mesothelioma case, you can count on us to:

Conduct a thorough investigation.
Conduct a thorough investigation. You may not know how you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos, but you still may be eligible for compensation. We will use all of our resources to identify the party (or parties) that should be held liable for the asbestos exposure in your case.

Seek a maximum financial recovery for you.
Seek a maximum financial recovery for you. We will explore all potential compensation, including state and federal disability benefits and lawsuit damages. If we do not secure a recovery for you, we will charge you no fees for our services.

Pay close attention to your needs and goals throughout your case.
Pay close attention to your needs and goals throughout your case. What matters to you, matters to us. The Sloan Firm takes pride in our client-centered approach. We always see the person behind the injury.

Here, we present important information about mesothelioma and pursuing mesothelioma claims. To discuss the specific facts of your case and how we can help you, call The Sloan Firm today or reach us through our online form. We will provide a timely, free and confidential consultation about your case.

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What Is Mesothelioma?

If you or a family member suffers from mesothelioma, then you know that it is a highly aggressive form of cancer. What you may not know is that mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos exposure. In the overwhelming number of mesothelioma cases, the asbestos exposure occurred in the workplace.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. It was once widely used in a number of industries in East Texas and across the country due to its fiber strength and fire-resistant properties.

When a person swallows or inhales asbestos, the fibers can become lodged in the mesothelium, or the tissue that lines the lungs, heart, abdomen and other organs and cavities. Over time, the asbestos fibers may cause tumors to form in the tissue. In fact, it may take anywhere between 15 to 60 years after a person’s asbestos exposure before symptoms start to appear.

The delay between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma symptoms can make it difficult to identify the source of one’s exposure. However, The Sloan Firm knows what it takes investigate mesothelioma cases.

We can investigate how the asbestos exposure occurred in your case and take immediate action to seek a recovery for you.

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What Type of Mesothelioma Is Involved in Your Case?

Our lawyers have a detailed understanding of the different types of mesothelioma and how they affect individuals and families. We work with clients who have been diagnosed with:

  • Pleural mesothelioma
    Pleural mesotheliomaThis is the most common type of mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society. It occurs when asbestos fibers become lodged in the pleura mesothelium that lines the lungs and chest cavity. The disease may spread to the heart, chest and diaphragm. A person with pleural mesothelioma may experience shortness of breath, chest pains, chronic coughing and a build-up of fluid in the lungs. Many people lose their appetite and suffer from a lack of energy as well.

  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
    Peritoneal mesotheliomaThis is the second-most common type of mesothelioma. It occurs when asbestos fibers become caught in the peritoneum that lines the abdomen after the fibers are inhaled or swallowed. A person with this form of the disease may experience a loss of appetite, significant weight loss, fluid build-up in the abdomen and sharp abdominal pain.

  • Pericardial mesothelioma
    Pericardial mesotheliomaThis rare form of mesothelioma arises from asbestos fibers getting caught in the pericardium tissue that lines the heart. Those who suffer from this type of mesothelioma may suffer shortness of breath, chest pains and heart palpitations. As with other types of mesothelioma, a person may lose a great deal of weight as the disease progresses.

  • Testicular mesotheliomaTesticular mesothelioma
    This is also a highly rare form of the disease. It attacks the thin membrane which covers the testicles, or tunica vaginalis. It is marked by pain and swelling in the testicles.

The survival rate for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma will depend on many factors, including the extent to which the disease has spread throughout the body.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any form of mesothelioma, you may feel consumed with fear, grief and confusion about what to do next. Of course, you may also be highly concerned about the costs of medical care and treatment.

You should know that you do not have to face your challenges alone. The Sloan Firm will stand by you and fight for you. We will work tirelessly to pursue the compensation that you deserve for all of your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

How Did Your Asbestos Exposure Occur?

At one time, a large number of manufacturers incorporated asbestos in products such as:

  • Turbines, pumps, boilers and valves
  • Fireproofing products
  • Insulation
  • Caulk, putty and spackling products
  • Gaskets and packings
  • Auto and railroad brakes and clutches
  • Tiles, roofing and siding
  • Laboratory equipment.

These products were commonly used in industries that can be found throughout East Texas, including the oil and gas, petrochemical, shipbuilding, manufacturing and construction industries.

In fact, due to the heavy presence of these industries, the non-profit environmental advocacy group, EWG Action Fund, gave the nickname, “Asbestos Alley,” to an eight-county section of East Texas: Orange, Sabine, Jasper, Trinity, Jefferson, Newton, Hardin and Polk counties.

According to the group, the asbestos disease-related mortality rates within those eight counties are two to five times higher than state and national rates.

While workers in a wide range of occupations within East Texas may have been regularly exposed to asbestos while on the job, occupations with the highest rate of exposure include:

  • Oil and gas refinery workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Construction workers
  • Insulators
  • Mechanics
  • U.S. Navy veterans / shipyard workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Firefighters

Many of these workers may have brought asbestos fibers home with them on their skin, hair and clothes, exposing their family members to the risk of developing mesothelioma.

When The Sloan Firm investigates your case, we will conduct a comprehensive review of your work history and your family members’ work history and/or military records.

Additionally, we may take depositions of company officials or co-workers and consult with highly qualified experts about the cause, nature and extent of the disease in your case.

By conducting this exhaustive research and investigation, we can determine when and where you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos, and we can work with you to seek just compensation from the party (or parties) responsible for that exposure.

If Diagnosed with Mesothelioma, What Are Your Legal Options?

Our lawyers don’t just handle cases. We help people. We know how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be for you and those around you. We want you to focus on your health and your family, while we focus on exploring all legal options available to you.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may pursue compensation for you through avenues that include one or more of the following:

  • Mesothelioma Lawsuit. The reality is that companies knew for years about the dangers of asbestos but still continued to manufacture products containing the toxic mineral. We can identify the company responsible for the asbestos-containing product linked to your mesothelioma. If the company is still operating, we can pursue a product liability claim against the company and seek a full and fair recovery for the physical, emotional and financial harm that you have suffered.Additionally, because companies in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, the company that you or your loved one worked for may be privately insured. If that is the case, we may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim directly against the employer on your behalf.

  • Asbestos Trust Fund Claim Over the years, many companies that manufactured products with asbestos have filed for bankruptcy. However, under federal law, these companies have been required to create special trust funds that pay claims filed by individuals and families harmed by their products. The Sloan Firm can determine whether you are eligible for compensation through an asbestos trust fund and carefully guide your case through the claims process.

  • Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Depending on when the asbestos exposure in your case occurred, your exclusive remedy against your employer may be to file a claim for Texas workers’ compensation benefits. However, at the same time, we may still be able to pursue on your behalf a “third-party liability” claim against the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing product that harmed you or file a claim through that company’s asbestos trust fund.

  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) Claim A railroad worker diagnosed with mesothelioma cannot file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the worker may be eligible to bring a lawsuit against a railroad company under FELA if the company operates (or operated) in multiple states.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes mesothelioma as a condition that may qualify one for monthly disability benefits. In fact, the SSA deems pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma to be conditions that qualify for its Compassionate Allowances program, which expedites the processing of claims.

  • Veterans’ Disability (VA) Benefits. If you developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure that occurred during active military service, you may be eligible to file a claim for monthly disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many U.S. Navy veterans suffer from mesothelioma due to their exposure while serving on a ship or in a shipyard.

You can count on The Sloan Firm to carefully sort through all options available to you and pursue a legal strategy that is aimed at maximizing your financial recovery.

What Compensation Can You Pursue in a Mesothelioma Claim?

The compensation sought in a mesothelioma claim will depend on many factors, including whether a lawsuit, trust fund claim, benefits claim – or a combination of actions – are pursued on your behalf.

Generally speaking, when filing a lawsuit on your behalf, The Sloan Firm’s goal will be to seek full and fair compensation for you and/or your loved ones in the following categories:

  • Medical expenses – Reimbursement for all past and future medical expenses related to the mesothelioma treatment, including all travel expenses incurred to receive treatment from in-state and out-of-state specialists.

  • Loss of income – Compensation for all wages, bonuses, commissions and other income that you have lost due to your condition as well as compensation for income you will lose in the future due to your diminished ability to earn wages.

  • Pain and suffering – Compensation for the tremendous pain and discomfort caused by your mesothelioma.

  • Emotional distress – Damages that reflect the fear, anxiety and depression caused by a mesothelioma diagnosis.

  • Loss of enjoyment – Compensation that recognizes the significant impact on your ability to enjoy your life’s daily activities as you did before your mesothelioma symptoms arose.

  • Loss of consortium – Damages that reflect the harmful impact of mesothelioma on your relations with your spouse.

  • Wrongful death – Damages that provide income to dependents who have lost a family member to mesothelioma.

Our East Texas Mesothelioma Attorneys Are Ready to Go to Work for You

The Sloan Firm knows how stressful and challenging it can be for individuals and families who are faced with the harsh realities of a mesothelioma diagnosis. We want to help you and your family to regain control over what is important in your life.

You need to focus on your recovery. Meanwhile, you can trust us to handle all aspects of your legal case with the care and compassion you deserve.

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma after working near asbestos in East Texas or elsewhere, contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.

Our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to helping our clients on the road to recovery. We are ready to get to work for you today.