Leading Michigan Mesothelioma Attorney Advises on Best Timing to Pursue Legal Action after Diagnosis
August 11, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsSOUTHFIELD, MI – August 11, 2011 – The team of experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys at Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C. has been defending victims suffering from mesothelioma since the early 1980s. Due to the long latency period between initial exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma, thousands of patients continue to be diagnosed each year. In fact, it may take up to 50 years for a person to develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos. Margaret Holman-Jensen, head of the Asbestos Department at Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, advises mesothelioma patients to contact a lawyer immediately following diagnosis.
"The long latency period makes mesothelioma cases extremely time-sensitive," says Holman-Jensen. "It is important that the patient contacts us as soon as possible so we can get as much information from them as possible before they become too ill to help us establish a case. The patient's firsthand accounts and memories often provide the most critical evidence needed to identify the harmful products to which the victim was exposed."
Mesothelioma patients are most commonly exposed to asbestos while employed at high-risk workplaces such as power plants, steel mills, chemical plants, shipyards and other manufacturing industries. Family members of at-risk workers are also susceptible to developing asbestos related diseases since asbestos fibers are easily transferable to others.
Holman-Jensen also warns that asbestos exposure can lead to other potentially fatal diseases. "Mesothelioma is not the only serious illness caused by asbestos exposure. There are many cases of asbestosis, malignant lung cancer, and other types of cancers that can develop after even short term exposure."
Holman-Jensen and her team of Michigan mesothelioma lawyers can help patients protect their families and assist them in seeking compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. They have recovered settlements and verdicts for thousands of victims based on their professional expertise in providing strong evidence against the manufacturers of asbestos products.
About Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman
Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C. has been defending victims of personal injury cases in Michigan since our establishment in 1969. Over the years, our Michigan personal injury lawyers have helped over 150,000 people and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of negligence. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-LAWYERS or visit www.zmspc.com.