March 8, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Fighting for asbestos victims for 40 years Thornton Law Firm has helped asbestos and mesothelioma victims for decades. A successful track record distinguishes our Boston asbestos litigation attorneys from other firms. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to pursuing successful claims for those injured by asbestos exposure. How do I know if I’ve been exposed to asbestos? Many industrial workers in the 1960s and 1970s, and even in the 1980s and 1990s, were routinely exposed to airborne asbestos fibers in their work environments. They inhaled the asbestos fibers at work, and the fibers clung to their clothing. Some industrial workers’ family members have been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma because of ancillary exposure. Asbestos is also found in many older houses and office buildings, especially in crawl spaces and attics. It was once used in manufactured construction products, such as siding shingles and insulation. If you worked in a shipyard or in the Navy you were exposed to asbestos which was used to insulate and fireproof aboard ships. What is the first step in filing a claim? The first thing we do to get your case ready to file is gather all the evidence you may already have. If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, we start with requesting copies of your medical records from your medical care provider. If you have not yet been diagnosed but are exhibiting any of the symptoms of mesothelioma, you should contact the firm immediately so we can recommend a specialist near you. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma include the following: Shortness of breath Chest pain Difficulty breathing Pain or swelling in the abdomen Painful coughing Unexplained weight loss What are the time limits for filing my mesothelioma claim? The time limit for filing a mesothelioma personal injury case in Massachusetts is three years from date of diagnosis. In any asbestos injury case, the time limit for filing a case also depends on the date of diagnosis. Asbestos claims are a type of products liability claim, and the time limits for filing products liability claims vary from state to state. If you have an asbestosis (severe scarring of the lungs caused by asbestos) diagnosis, the experienced asbestos lawyers at Thornton Law Firm can protect your rights if you contact us as soon as you learn of your diagnosis. How long does it take between filing a claim and receiving compensation? Every asbestos claim is different, but the biggest factor affecting how soon you receive money is how soon you hire a lawyer. The sooner you file your claim the sooner we can seek compensation on your behalf. The knowledgeable asbestos lawyers at Thornton Law Firm have extensive experience securing mesothelioma compensation, in either situation. Of course, the strength of your case increases the likelihood of settlement, so we diligently employ every tool at our disposal to build the strongest case possible for you. Contact trusted Massachusetts asbestos lawyers Thornton Law Firm offers free consultations, and we provide our services on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. Call us today at 1-888-632-0108 or contact us online.