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Mesothelioma or lung cancer: What’s next?

You have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer. It’s natural to have many concerns when it comes to your legal rights. The attorneys of AMLG promise to answer your questions in a straightforward, compassionate manner. We understand each case is unique. That’s why we offer initial consultation at no cost.

The Voice For West Virginia Mesothelioma Victims Since Day One.

Since the West Virginia mesothelioma docket began, Antion and McGee (AMLG) has represented numerous mesothelioma patients and their families and have recovered millions on behalf of those affected by asbestos disease, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. From day one, AMLG has been a leading voice for those suffering from mesothelioma, providing comprehensive, effective, and zealous representation for clients and their families. AMLG has represented steel mill and aluminum foundry workers, who labored in blast furnaces, open hearths, and coke plants, and who were exposed to asbestos dust causing their mesothelioma. AMLG has represented power plant workers, boilermakers, electricians, and millwrights whose health was unnecessarily sacrificed in the production of energy. AMLG has represented chemical plant and refinery maintenance workers, operators, and contractors who breathed in toxic asbestos dust every day, so that production could stay high. AMLG has represented coal miners, railroad workers, and brake mechanics, who were exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma as they worked in cramped, dusty, and hazardous environments without proper protection. AMLG has represented wives and children who were exposed to asbestos dust carried home on the work clothing of their husbands, fathers, mothers, and siblings and who tragically died from mesothelioma.

Proven Track-Record of Representation

If mesothelioma has impacted your life, call Antion McGee Law Group today. Our track record shows we care about our clients. We know the premise sites, equipment, contractors, suppliers, and products used at each site and embrace each client as part of the AMLG family. Our goal is to be a voice for those impacted by mesothelioma and to tell their story, in hopes that others do not suffer in the future. We will listen to your needs and position your claim to maximize recovery. We hire the right experts so that your case is ready for trial, and work with you through the entire litigation process so that you are never shuffled from person-to-person or firm-to-firm. We are available when you call and answer any questions you may have. You will find there is no firm more responsive to your needs.

AMLG Is Here For You.

At AMLG, we always come to you. While West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia mesothelioma cases are our focus, we have litigated mesothelioma cases across the country and have a broad and talented co-counsel network in other jurisdictions. Often because of our knowledge of the premise sites at issue, the defendants that are important to the case, and the process of obtaining compensation quickly and efficiently, attorneys across the country send their mesothelioma cases to AMLG.

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FAQs

  • Do I need a lawyer?

    If you plan to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma or cancer compensation or wrongful death, you need to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Just as mesothelioma is a complex disease, so is personal injury law, and resolution of even the simplest situations can be confusing and challenging to you and your family. It is advisable to consult with a lawyer who is experienced and well-versed in mesothelioma and asbestos cases, who can help you determine the root cause of your exposure and where responsibility and a claim lies. It is also important to feel comfortable with the lawyer you ultimately hire and make sure that the lawyers you initially meet with will be involved in your case. At AMLG, we personally handle all aspects of our clients’ cases, and you will receive personal attention throughout the entirety of your case.

  • I don’t know where I was exposed to asbestos. Can I still file a lawsuit?

    Absolutely! If you have developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation. Many mesothelioma victims are not aware of when, where, or how they were exposed to asbestos. It is your attorney’s job to figure out responsibility. If more than one party is responsible, then liability may include several corporate actors. As experienced asbestos attorneys, AMLG knows how to investigate your case and obtain results. Remember, getting to the sources of your exposure is what we do.

  • How much compensation can I expect to receive in a mesothelioma claim?

    There is no universal figure regarding compensation. The individual facts and circumstances of your case determine the amount you may receive. You may be able to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost income from inability to work, and pain and suffering, as well as other damages incurred as a result of your illness. Litigation and bankruptcy channels are other ways to collect. AMLG works with you to explore all possible compensation options and form a strategy according to your wishes.

  • I want to get my case over with as quickly as possible. How long does a case usually last?

    If you have mesothelioma or lung cancer, you may qualify for a trial date within nine months to a year in West Virginia. In other states, the process may take longer. With our experience, we navigate through the process quickly and without placing a tremendous burden on you and your family. While West Virginia has three consolidated trial settings each year for significant asbestos cases, other jurisdictions vary trial settings based on a court’s case management order for asbestos-related matters. AMLG guides you through the case as quickly as possible to assure the best outcome for you and your family.

  • Can I settle my case out of court?

    AMLG lawyers skillfully negotiate and use innovative techniques to reach and achieve confidential, out-of-court settlements. As a result, only a small percentage of asbestos cases goes to verdict. However, as each claim presents unique circumstances, the best solution for some cases may be to go to trial. We are eager to get the best possible outcome for you and your family, whether through settlement or trial.

  • What if I die while my lawsuit is pending?

    If your death occurs before resolving your case, any compensation will be divided among your surviving beneficiaries. Your loved ones may also choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit for recovery of damages, if they are eligible.

  • Can I still have a case if I file for Workers’ Compensation, disability benefits, or Veterans Benefits?

    Yes, each case is unique. AMLG reviews all benefits previously filed or received and determines which entities you may be able to pursue, including employers, premises, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, insurers, and distributors which led to your exposure to asbestos and consequently your mesothelioma or cancer.

  • Is it expensive to hire an asbestos lawyer?

    Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will pay nothing up front for our representation. If we are unable to collect on your behalf, you will not pay us anything. A contingency fee is a payment arrangement between our attorneys and each client. This allows you to obtain legal representation regardless of your financial situation. Through a contingency fee arrangement, a client agrees that his or her attorneys will receive a certain percentage of any settlement or verdict. AMLG will answer any questions you may have regarding a contingency fee arrangement.

  • I am a veteran with mesothelioma. What benefits can I receive?

    You may be eligible to receive more benefits than you realize, including Veterans Benefits, healthcare, and recovery against manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and distributors which may have contributed to your mesothelioma or lung cancer. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you and your family.

  • I don’t remember what products/equipment containing asbestos that I worked around. What do I do?

    We work with you, your family, and co-workers to determine where and how you were exposed to asbestos. We have personally performed inspections at many industrial sites in West Virginia and other states, and our attorneys have spoken with hundreds of men and women who worked at these sites over the years. We have uncovered hundreds of asbestos containing products and equipment using asbestos components through the discovery process. We will work with you, your family, and your co-workers to leave no stone unturned to determine where you were exposed to asbestos.

  • I was a smoker. Do I still have a case?

    Yes. You may still have a case. Asbestos exposure and cigarette smoking combined is particularly toxic and causes thousands of lung cancer cases nationwide each year. Please contact the attorneys at AMLG to discuss your work history and exposure to asbestos along with your smoking history to determine the best course of action for you and your family.

  • What is Mesothelioma?

    Malignant mesothelioma is a signature disease meaning there is only one universally accepted cause – asbestos. Frequently, it takes decades after exposures to asbestos for an individual to develop mesothelioma. Symptoms often associated with the onset of mesothelioma include: chest pains, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. To diagnose mesothelioma, x-rays, surgical procedures, and clinical correlation are used, and while there is no cure for malignant mesothelioma, research continues to occur in hopes of extending quality of life and survival after diagnosis. Often individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma undergo chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or oxygen treatment to ease their pain. In addition, some patients may be candidates for surgeries such as a pneumonectomy to slow the progression of the disease.

  • How much asbestos exposure does it take to cause mesothelioma?

    While most individuals who develop mesothelioma have months or years of exposure to asbestos either via their own work or via the work of someone in their family, research has shown that as little as one day of exposure to asbestos can be sufficient to cause mesothelioma. Our Firm has handled cases involving mesothelioma exposures from steel mills, chemical plants, refineries, power plants, coal mines, construction projects, automotive mechanics, shipyards, logging, manufacturing, schools, farming, and other sources. Mesothelioma can impact workers and their families regardless of trade, and we have represented insulators, boilermakers, millwrights, riggers, steel workers, furnace workers, laborers, electricians, miners, mechanics, maintenance workers, operators, masons, painters, welders, engineers, loggers, teachers, military veterans, and family members of these workers.

  • How can mesothelioma affect men and women differently?

    Mesothelioma can develop in the pleura (called pleural mesothelioma), peritoneum (called peritoneal mesothelioma), pericardium (called pericardial mesothelioma), and for men in the testicles (called testicular mesothelioma or mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis). Women are also sometimes diagnosed with mesothelioma of the omentum or omental mesothelioma. All of these mesotheliomas are caused by exposures to asbestos. Similarly, mesothelioma is often cellularly typed as epithelioid, sarcomatoid, or mixed/biphasic. Again, all of these are caused by asbestos.