Understanding Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Legal Rights


IT'S CALLED MESOTHELIOMA A CONDITION BROUGHT ON BY EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS AND CLASSIFIED AS AN ORPHAN DISEASE AND WHILE AFFECTING ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION, BOTH THE CDC AND NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE REPORT THAT MORE THAN 3,000 NEW CASES OF MESOTHELIOMA ARE DIAGNOSED EACH YEAR

HERE TO DISCUSS THIS RARE BUT DEADLY FORM OF CANCER AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO BRING JUSTICE TO VICTIMS AND VICTIMS FAMILIES, IS RICKY LEBLANC MANAGING ATTORNEY OF SOKOLOVE LAW A NATION WIDE LAW FIRM THAT'S HELP BRING JUSTICE AND COMPENSATION TO MORE THAN 2,000 VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES AND CANCERS GOOD MORNING RICKY GOOD MORNING

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU GLAD TO BE HERE OLGA BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT THIS DISEASE AND WHAT YOUR FIRM IS DOING I KNOW THIS PASSION YOU HAVE OF HELPING PEOPLE HAS COME FROM SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED IN YOUR CHILDHOOD

WOULD YOU MIND SHARING THAT WITH US? SURE I MEAN LIKE MANY PEOPLE, MANY OF YOUR VIEWERS, I WAS THE SON OF A PIPE FITTER AND MY MOTHER WAS A FACTORY WORKER AND SO I CAME FROM A SMALL BLUE COLLAR TOWN AND I REALIZED THAT THESE PEOPLE DON'T GET ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT SO, I BECAME A LAWYER AND FORTUNATELY I LANDED IN AN ASBESTOS FIRM AS A YOUNG MAN AND REALIZED THAT THESE ARE MY NEIGHBORS THESE ARE PEOPLE LIKE MY FATHER'S FRIENDS THEY COULD BE MY FATHER

AND LET'S BE HONEST, THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT REALLY HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG NOTHING THESE ARE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN THAT DID THEIR JOBS AND AS A RESULT, CAME DOWN WITH THIS DISEASE AND LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DISEASE, MESOTHELIOMA TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT IT IS

WELL, TO KEEP IT SIMPLE MESOTHELIOMA IS, IS LIKE HAVING PLASTIC WRAP AROUND EACH OF YOUR ORGANS THAT ARE LINED WITH GREASE THAT STOPS THE ORGANS FROM RUBBING AGAINST EACH OTHER THAT'S CALLED THE MESOTHELIOMA AND THIS IS DISEASE THAT MESOTHELIOMA

IT'S A CANCER, VERY AGGRESSIVE, FAST MOVING CANCER AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SOMEONE TO NOTICE THAT THEY'VE BEEN EXPOSED TO THIS ARE THERE SYMPTOMS? YEAH, THE REAL ISSUE IS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO IT AND THEN IT'S 30-50 YEARS OFTEN BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY DEVELOP THE DISEASE OH MY! IT TAKES THAT LONG TO MANIFEST WITHIN 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 OF ASBESTOS AND THEN YOU START DEVELOPING THIS DISEASE MESOTHELIOMA AT FIRST, IT MAY JUST BE, FEEL LIKE LOW BACK PAIN OR IT MAY FEEL LIKE A LITTLE COUGH OR OTHER SYMPTOMS COULD BE PNEUMONIA LIKE SO YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE BUT IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOUR DOCTOR KNOW THAT YOU WERE BECAUSE THEY MAY START LOOKING AT SOMETHING OTHER THAN PNEUMONIA OR BACK SPRANG

AND RICKY, WHO FALLS VICTIM TO THIS? THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT DEVELOP THIS DISEASE WERE IN OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE PART OF THE TRADES IT'S WHETHER YOU ARE A PIPE FITTER, A PLUMBER, A CARPENTER, ELECTRICIAN OR ANOTHER 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 ONLY IS THERE SHOCK FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL BUT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

IT'S GOT TO BE SO PAINFUL YEAH, IT'S A DEVASTATING DISEASE, YOU HEAR THAT THE PRIMARY FOCUS FOR THESE FAMILIES IS IMMEDIATELY, HOW DO WE TAKE CARE OF OUR LOVED ONE WITH OUR DISEASE HOW DO WE SEEK THE TREATMENT? LET'S DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM AND LET'S TALK ABOUT SOKOLOVE LAW

WHAT ARE DOING IN TERMS OF HELPING THESE PEOPLE AND THE ADVANTAGES THAT ONE WOULD HAVE TO GO SEE YOU YEAH, AT SOKOLOVE LAW, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THIS DEVASTATING NEWS, AND HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BUT THE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT MEDICALLY THEY CALL US, WE TAKE CARE OF THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE CASE OR A CLAIM THAT THEY MAY HAVE SO, WE GO TO THEIR HOMES, WE DO INTERVIEWS THERE

WE MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE THEY SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON FIGHTING THIS DISEASE, WE'LL CONCENTRATE ON GETTING THE JUSTICE SO, REALLY IT DOES INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY BECAUSE YOU NEED TO NOT ONLY TALK TO THE VICTIM BUT ALSO THE FAMILY MEMBERS IN TERMS OF FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE YEAH, I MEAN, OFTEN FAMILY MEMBERS AND SOMETIMES IT'S MORE LIKE A BROTHER OR A SISTER THAT KNEW THEM WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG KNEW EXACTLY WHEN THEY WERE EXPOSED AND WHAT HAPPENED AND SO, EVERYBODY GETS INVOLVED

AND LET'S FACE IT, THE NUCLEAR FAMILY, THE HUSBAND AND WIFE, DEPENDING ON WHICH ONE IS INJURED, THEY ARE CONCENTRATING ON HELPING THEIR SPOUSE AND SO IT'S OFTEN TIMES WE TALK TO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELP BUILD A CASE THERE IS NO CURE FOR THIS DISEASE OBVIOUSLY THERE ISN'T RIGHT NOW THERE IS A LOT OF RESEARCH GOING ON AND WE'RE HOPEFUL SO, WHEN YOU HEAR THESE VICTIMS, THEY OBVIOUSLY KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

GENERALLY SPEAKING THEY DO, YES, IS IT SOMEWHAT, AND I DON'T, I SAY THIS VERY CAREFULLY, REWARDING FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE HELPED SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY DIE FROM THIS? THAT'S WHY I DO THIS I MEAN WE STARTED THIS INTERVIEW TALKING ABOUT THE BLUE COLLAR FAMILIES, WHICH IS WHERE I COME FROM AND I WANT TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THEM THIS IS AN AVOIDABLE DISEASE IF PEOPLE DIDN'T USE ASBESTOS, IF MANUFACTURERS DIDN'T USE ASBESTOS IN THEIR PRODUCTS, PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE THIS DISEASE AND SO IT GIVES A GREAT DEAL OF SATISFACTION TO GET JUSTICE FOR THESE PEOPLE AND YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT THANK YOU ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LEAVE KNOWING THAT THEIR FAMILY IS TAKEN CARE OF YOU'VE HAD SO MANY CASES SOKOLOVE LAW

IS THERE ONE THAT STANDS OUT IN YOUR MIND THAT YOU JUST WILL NEVER FORGET? I REMEMBER AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN WHO WAS BATTLING THIS DISEASE HIS HEALTH WAS FAILING RAPIDLY AND WE JUST LOOKED AT ME WHEN HE GOT HIS FIRST CHECK AND SAID, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH MY ROOF IS LEAKING, MY WIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS LEAKING ROOF ANYMORE AND I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE FIXED, I KNOW YOU GUYS WILL TAKE CARE OF HER REALLY GREAT INFORMATION TODAY, RICKY FOR ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO MAY KNOW 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, TO SOKOLOVELAWCOM THEY WILL FIND ALL THE INFORMATION THEY NEED THERE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME APPRECIATE YOUR TIME

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