Wisconsin asbestos lawyers know that the inhalation of asbestos fibers can be deadly and that often the manufacturer, distributor, supplier or installer of asbestos materials is legally responsible for asbestos related deaths. Workers, who were exposed to asbestos, and their families, are at the greatest risk of developing cancer or asbestosis from the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos has been commonly used in many Wisconsin industries including the construction, automotive, paper, electrical and plumbing industries, among others, and workers in those industries may be at risk.
The experienced Wisconsin asbestos attorneys of Pasternak & Zirgibel have successfully and compassionately represented clients who have suffered from asbestos related conditions in the past and we welcome your inquiries if your family is also suffering from the effects of asbestos.
Asbestos Related Conditions
As experienced asbestos attorneys, we often represent clients who suffer from:
- Mesothelioma: mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, or thin membrane, that lines the internal organs. It is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure and it is almost always fatal. The most common symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing and extreme fatigue. Since mesothelioma typically develops 15 – 50 years after asbestos exposure, it is often difficult to diagnose and not diagnosed until the disease is at an advanced stage. Accordingly, the prognosis is often grim and the five year survival rate is thought to be around 10%.
- Asbestosis: asbestosis occurs when asbestos fibers damage and scar an asbestos victim’s lungs. The symptoms are similar to mesothelioma and include shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing. Asbestosis may worsen over time and in some cases can lead to respiratory failure and death.
- Lung Cancer: asbestos can cause lung cancer. Lung cancer caused by asbestos is often asymptomatic in the early stages of the disease which leads to high mortality rates for this disease. Patients who do exhibit symptoms may experience shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing as they would with other asbestos related conditions.
According to the Environmental Working Group, Wisconsin ranks 16th in the nation in asbestos related deaths and anyone who repeatedly breathes in asbestos is at risk of developing the above conditions.
How to File an Asbestos Claim in Wisconsin
The first step in filing an asbestos lawsuit is to contact an experienced Wisconsin asbestos attorney. One of our knowledgeable asbestos attorneys will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation during which he will gather facts regarding your claim and discuss your potential causes of action and remedies.
The statute of limitations for bringing an asbestos lawsuit in Wisconsin is three years from the time the injury was discovered or should have been discovered. A lawsuit can be brought by the individual suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or any other physical ailment related to asbestos or it can be brought by the surviving relatives of a person who has passed away due to an asbestos related disease.
Contact Pasternak & Zirgibel – Experienced Milwaukee Asbestos Lawyers
The Wisconsin asbestos attorneys of Pasternak & Zirgibel successfully represent asbestos victims. We understand how difficult a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer is for you and your family. We want to use our legal experience to help you ensure your family’s financial future and we want to hold asbestos companies accountable for the harm that they have caused.
Our firm of Wisconsin asbestos exposure lawyers represents clients throughout the state of Wisconsin including in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas such as Cudahy, West Allis, West Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Washington County, Racine County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Ozaukee County.
We invite you to call us at (262) 785-0802 or to fill out our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation at your convenience. Each Wisconsin asbestos attorney in our firm is committed to representing those who have been harmed by asbestos and we will not collect a fee unless you recover damages.