Understanding Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Legal Rights

IT’S CALLED MESOTHELIOMA. A State Impart ON BYEXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS AND CLASSIFIED AS AN ORPHAN DISEASEAND WHILE AFFECTING ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION, BOTH THE CDC AND NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE REPORT THAT MORE THAN3, 000 NEW CASES OF MESOTHELIOMA ARE DIAGNOSED EACH YEAR. HERE TO DISCUSS THIS RARE BUTDEADLY FORM OF CANCER AND WHAT’S BEING DONE TO BRING JUSTICE TOVICTIMS AND VICTIMS House, IS RICKY LEBLANC. MANAGING ATTORNEY OF SOKOLOVELAW. A NATION WIDE LAW FIRM THAT’SHELP BRING JUSTICE AND COMPENSATION TO MORE THAN 2,000 VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES ANDCANCERS.GOOD MORNING RICKY. Good morning. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEINGHERE. THANK YOU. GLAD TO BE HERE OLGA. BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT THISDISEASE AND WHAT YOUR FIRM IS DOING. I KNOW THIS Infatuation YOU HAVE OFHELPING PEOPLE HAS COME FROM SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED IN YOURCHILDHOOD. WOULD YOU MIND SHARING THAT WITHUS? SURE. I MEAN LIKE MANY PEOPLE, MANY OF YOUR VIEWERS, I WAS THE SON OF A PIPE FITTER AND MYMOTHER WAS A FACTORY WORKER AND SO I CAME FROM A SMALL BLUECOLLAR TOWN AND I REALIZED THAT THESE PEOPLE DON’T GET ACCESS TOJUSTICE AND I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. SO, IBECAME A LAWYER AND FORTUNATELY I LANDED IN AN ASBESTOS FIRM ASA YOUNG MAN AND REALIZED THAT THESE ARE MY NEIGHBORS.THESEARE PEOPLE LIKE MY FATHER’S FRIENDS. THEY COULD BE MY FATHER. AND LET’S BE HONEST, THESE AREPEOPLE THAT REALLY HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG. Nothing. THESE ARE HARD WORKINGMEN AND WOMEN THAT DID THEIR JOBS AND AS A RESULT, CAME DOWNWITH THIS DISEASE. AND LET’S TALK ABOUT THEDISEASE, MESOTHELIOMA. TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. WELL, To be maintained IT SIMPLE. MESOTHELIOMA IS, IS LIKE HAVINGPLASTIC WRAP AROUND EACH OF YOUR ORGANS THAT ARE LINED WITHGREASE. THAT STOPS THE ORGANS FROMRUBBING AGAINST EACH OTHER. THAT’S Announced THE MESOTHELIOMA. AND THIS IS DISEASE THATMESOTHELIOMA.IT’S A CANCER, VERY AGGRESSIVE, FAST MOVING CANCER. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, HOW LONGDOES IT TAKE FOR SOMEONE TO NOTICE THAT THEY’VE BEEN EXPOSEDTO THIS. ARE THERE SYMPTOMS? YEAH, THE REAL ISSUE IS YOU AREEXPOSED TO IT AND THEN IT’S 30 -5 0 YEARS OFTEN BEFORE YOUACTUALLY DEVELOP THE DISEASE. OH MY! IT TAKES THAT LONG TO MANIFESTWITHIN THE BODY. WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING. YOU WOULDN’T KNOW AT ALL.AND THEN WHAT STARTS HAPPENING AFTER THOSE YEARS? AFTER CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, YOUR BODY STOPS BEING ABLE TO REACT TO THE INFILTRATION OFASBESTOS AND THEN YOU START DEVELOPING THIS DISEASEMESOTHELIOMA. AT FIRST, IT MAY Simply BE, FEELLIKE LOW BACK PAIN OR IT MAY FEEL LIKE A LITTLE COUGH OROTHER SYMPTOMS COULD BE PNEUMONIA LIKE. SO YOU THINKTHAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE. BUT IF YOUWERE EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOUR DOCTOR KNOWTHAT YOU WERE BECAUSE THEY MAY START LOOKING AT SOMETHING OTHERTHAN PNEUMONIA OR BACK SPRANG. AND RICKY, WHO FALLS VICTIM TOTHIS? THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE THATDEVELOP THIS DISEASE WERE IN OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE PART OF THETRADES. IT’S WHETHER YOU ARE APIPE FITTER, A PLUMBER, A CARPENTER, ELECTRICIAN ORANOTHER SIGNIFICANT AUDIENCE IS ANYBODY WHO HAS WORKED ON SHIPS.WHETHER YOU’VE BEEN IN THE NAVY, OR COAST GUARD, MERCHANT MARINES, ETC.AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHEN SOMEONE HEARS THE NEWS. NOT ONLYIS THERE SHOCK FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL BUT FOR THE ENTIREFAMILY. IT’S GOT TO BE SO PAINFUL. YEAH, IT’S A DEVASTATINGDISEASE, YOU HEAR THAT. THEPRIMARY FOCUS FOR THESE FAMILIES Proceed immediately to, HOW DO WE TAKECARE OF OUR LOVED ONE WITH OUR DISEASE. HOW DO WE SEEK THETREATMENT? LET’S DO WHAT’S BEST FOR THEM. AND LET’S TALK ABOUT SOKOLOVELAW. WHAT ARE DOING IN TERMS OFHELPING THESE PEOPLE AND THE ADVANTAGES THAT ONE WOULD HAVETO GO SEE YOU. YEAH, AT SOKOLOVE LAW, WEUNDERSTAND THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THIS DEVASTATINGNEWS, AND HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.BUT THE HAVE TO DO SOMETHINGABOUT IT MEDICALLY. THEY CALL US, WE TAKE CARE OFTHE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE CASE OR A CLAIM THAT THEY MAY HAVE. SO, WE GO TO THEIR HOMES, WE DOINTERVIEWS THERE. WE Reach IT ASEASY AS POSSIBLE. THEY SHOULDCONCENTRATE ON FIGHTING THIS DISEASE, WE’LL CONCENTRATE ONGETTING THE JUSTICE. SO, REALLY IT DOES INVOLVE THEWHOLE FAMILY BECAUSE YOU NEED TO NOT ONLY TALK TO THE VICTIM BUTALSO THE FAMILY MEMBERS IN TERMS OF FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENEDHERE. YEAH, I Want, OFTEN FAMILYMEMBERS AND SOMETIMES IT’S MORE LIKE A BROTHER OR A SISTER THATKNEW THEM WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. KNEW EXACTLY WHEN THEY WEREEXPOSED AND WHAT HAPPENED AND SO, EVERYBODY Do INVOLVED. AND LET’S FACE IT, THE NUCLEARFAMILY, THE HUSBAND AND WIFE, DEPENDING ON WHICH ONE ISINJURED, THEY ARE CONCENTRATING ON HELPING THEIR SPOUSE AND SOIT’S OFTEN TIMES WE TALK TO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELPBUILD A CASE.THERE IS NO CURE FOR THISDISEASE OBVIOUSLY. THERE ISN’T.RIGHT NOW THERE IS A LOT OF RESEARCH GOING ON AND WE’REHOPEFUL. SO, WHEN YOU HEAR THESE VICTIMS, THEY OBVIOUSLY KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. GENERALLY SPEAKING THEY DO, YES, IS IT Quite, AND I DON’T, I SAY THIS VERY CAREFULLY, REWARDING FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU’VE HELPED SOMEBODY THATKNOWS THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY DIE FROM THIS? THAT’S WHY I DO THIS. I MEAN WE STARTED THIS INTERVIEWTALKING ABOUT THE BLUE COLLAR FAMILIES, WHICH IS WHERE I COMEFROM AND I WANT TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THEM. THIS IS AN AVOIDABLEDISEASE IF PEOPLE DIDN’T USE ASBESTOS, IF MANUFACTURERSDIDN’T USE ASBESTOS IN THEIR PRODUCTS, PEOPLE WOULDN’T HAVETHIS DISEASE. AND SO IT GIVES A GREAT DEAL OFSATISFACTION TO GET JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE AND You are well aware, YOUHAVE PEOPLE THAT Expressed appreciation for ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THEY WANT TOLEAVE KNOWING THAT THEIR FAMILY IS TAKEN CARE OF. YOU’VE HAD SO MANY CASESSOKOLOVE LAW.IS THERE ONE THAT STANDS OUT INYOUR MIND THAT YOU JUST WILL NEVER FORGET? I REMEMBER AN ELDERLY GENTLEMANWHO WAS BATTLING THIS DISEASE. HIS HEALTH WAS FAILING RAPIDLYAND WE JUST LOOKED AT ME WHEN HE GOT HIS FIRST CHECK AND SAID, YOU KNOW, Expressed appreciation for SO MUCH. MY ROOF IS LEAKING, MY WIFEDOESN’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS LEAKING ROOF ANYMORE AND I KNOWIT’S GOING TO BE FIXED, I KNOW YOU GUYS WILL TAKE CARE OF HER. REALLY GREAT INFORMATION TODAY, RICKY. FOR ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO MAYKNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA, ANYWHERE THEY CAN GO TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR LAW FIRM. YES, THEY SHOULD GO TO WEB, TOSOKOLOVELAW.COM THEY WILL FIND ALL THEINFORMATION THEY NEED THERE. Expressed appreciation for SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOUDO.THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUTMORE ABOUT TODAY’S TOPIC, YOU CAN Tour US ATTHEBALANCINGACT.COM THAT’STHEBALANCINGACT.COM OR LOG ON TOFACEBOOK/ THEBALANCINGACTFANS.

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