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Are You a Victim of Asbestos Exposure? Turn to Us

A mesothelioma diagnosis due to asbestos exposure can be devastating. And, nearly always, that exposure is due to no fault of your own. Our Oregon mesothelioma attorneys, located in Salem, are experienced in offering legal guidance to those who have struggled after asbestos exposure. With the support of a mesothelioma lawyer from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, you can get compensation to help you afford treatment and provide for your family.

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Get the Help You Need After Asbestos Exposure

Most of us don’t think twice about the air we breathe or the spaces where we go to work or live. However, when there’s asbestos lurking in your workplace or home, just those simple actions can be lethal.

Mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of internal organs like the lungs or stomach, is just one of the many types of conditions that asbestos can cause. It leads to shortness of breath, painful coughing, nausea, weight loss, stomach pain, abdominal swelling, and, ultimately leads to death. Asbestosis is another result of inhaling asbestos fibers; this chronic and progressive lung condition irritates and scars lung tissue, ultimately shortening a victim’s life or requiring lung transplantation.

That means that there’s no time to lose in getting medical help and help for loved ones. Unfortunately, companies that made and distributed asbestos-laden products for years also profited enormously off of them. They now try to hide and avoid liability.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. With support from an excellent asbestos attorney from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, you can get compensation that covers hospital bills, medication costs, medical equipment purchases, and other compensation.

Advocating for You and Your Health

The seasoned legal team at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, advocates for victims — never corporations or insurance companies. Here’s how we support you through every step of the process.

Step One

Investigate and File a Case

Our team starts by looking into your mesothelioma case to dig down and find out all sources of exposure. We’ll then put together the necessary documentation to file an asbestos lawsuit on your behalf and begin preserving the evidence you need to win.

Step Two

Develop the Case for Trial

While many of these cases settle, that won’t happen unless the case is developed properly to put it in that position. This requires using our tremendous bank of resources of asbestos offenders and using our team to develop your case through litigation, including depositions and locating supporting documents. Once the case is ready for trial, the offending companies often are anxious to settle. If not, we’re ready to present your case in court. In 2016, our team obtained a $5 million verdict in a mesothelioma case.

Step Three

Receive a Payout

Once the case resolves, through settlement or trial, we’ll prepare it so you can get the funds you deserve quickly. Our legal team will only take a fee if our team wins your case. That’s because we’re confident that we’ll be successful in getting you the payout you deserve.

No one should be put in a tough financial situation to get the help they need. Reach out to the legal experts at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC to work with a mesothelioma attorney.

FAQs About Mesothelioma Claims

Navigating the world of mesothelioma claims can be complex. Here are several frequently asked questions to help provide clarity.

Do I need a lawyer to file an asbestos lawsuit?

Although you technically don’t need a lawyer to file an asbestos lawsuit, it’s extremely difficult to do so without one. The claims process for a mesothelioma or asbestos case are very complex, which is why having an expert to assist you can make things easier.

Additionally, mesothelioma claims are challenging to prove. To make sure that you can win your case, it’s best to hire a mesothelioma attorney like those at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC. We’ll help you ensure a fair outcome even with the toughest cases.

How can my exposure to asbestos be proven?

Proving exposure to asbestos can be difficult. One of the first steps to take is making sure you have a correct and confirmed diagnosis. Proving mesothelioma requires testing which confirms the disease. If your doctor or other provider just “thinks” you have mesothelioma, that’s not enough. You need to make sure they perform the appropriate tests so it can be confirmed definitively.

Additionally, you may need to provide a history, information and records that prove contact with asbestos. This could include photos, building records, and other key documents that make it clear that you were in contact with this toxic substance. A mesothelioma or asbestosis lawyer who has experience with victims in your situation can help you understand what proof or evidence may be required in your case. We’ll work with you to help locate the information to build a solid case.

What if a loved one is too ill to pursue a case?

If you have a loved one whose mesothelioma is too advanced or extreme for them to pursue a case, don’t panic. Family members and those with power of attorney can still pursue a legal case to get fair compensation.

Those in this situation should contact a mesothelioma attorney immediately. Doing so may help you create a winning case and get the medical assistance that your loved one needs during their time of illness and beyond. Our team will work with you every step of the way to reach the right outcome.

What are the symptoms and treatment of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma can be hard to spot initially. It can also be hard to diagnose because many times, people don’t even realize that they’ve been exposed to asbestos. However, a few symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Fatigue and extreme exhaustion
  • High temperature and fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing, including producing blood
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Unexplained or sudden weight loss
  • Swollen fingers
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • A general sense of feeling unwell

Mesothelioma is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these therapies. You will need to speak to your doctor to determine the best treatment for your situation.

What is an asbestos trust fund?

This is a fund that negligent asbestos companies that have filed for bankruptcy create. This fund is used to provide money for future asbestos claims against those companies. The money is then paid out to future victims who file and win their mesothelioma cases due to the fault of those bankrupt businesses.

If you are filing an asbestos claim, you may receive compensation from this type of fund. Alternatively, companies that are still in business may pay your mesothelioma claim through their insurance or personal funds.

Can I sue for compensation if I have mesothelioma?

Yes, anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma as well as the relatives of someone with a mesothelioma diagnosis can file a claim. If you wish to do so, you should speak with a mesothelioma attorney, such as the ones at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC. We’ll help determine your eligibility and guide your claim so you receive maximum compensation.

Client Reviews

Arthur PorterArthur Porter
19:21 04 Jan 23
I was involved in an accident, and was having difficulties dealing with my insurance company.One of my neighbors recommended me to Brian Lathen, after a very prompt meeting I retained his services.Durring a long and tiring process, the staff at Swanson Lathen and Prestwich made me feel so much more comfortable, and helped greatly in getting through it.Along with now having a trusted lawyer/allie to call if anything unexpectedly happens in the future. I feel like I had made a friend.Thank you.
Mindy MichelleMindy Michelle
21:53 15 Dec 22
Swanson Lathen Prestwich is a Godsend!I was in a terrible car crash, literally caused by another person who admitted fault to the police, to their own insurance, to my insurance and I STILL had to fight for fair compensation. Realizing I needed to get a lawyer involved, an acquaintance recommended Travis Prestwich.After meeting Mr. Prestwich, I was immediately at ease. He was very knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and realistic. I appreciated that he actually listened to me and provided information that helped me get into the right mind frame. Travis was very patient and kind and responded to questions rather quickly. I appreciated his realistic approach and learned quickly that other lawyers, judges and community members, highly respect him; which was a huge sign that he was the right person for my situation!His staff, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser were equally phenomenal during the process! They were also very kind, empathetic, knowledgeable and responded to inquires in a timely manner and were just wonderful to work with. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoyed talking with them and knew that once my case with over with that I would miss all three of them.When the time came, and I had to go through a settlement hearing, Travis was by my side the whole way through. The unknown always frightens me but he found a way to keep me at ease with his calm demeanor. This review doesn’t even do this trio justice! They are wonderful people and did a phenomenal job on my case.I pray I never have to go through this process again however if I do, Travis will be the very first person I call. I HIGHLY recommend Swanson Lathen Prestwich and Travis Prestwich, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser!! I wish there were more people out there like them! I give them an A+++
04:43 21 Oct 22
Mr. Prestwich and his entire staff were nothing but kind, supportive and professional through the entire process of helping me with my car accident settlement. The outcome was exactly what I had hoped for and it was all because of the hard work that was done by this office.
Captain MorganCaptain Morgan
13:53 17 Oct 22
Myself and my family have worked with Keith Swanson since the late 80's.Unfortunately when an accident occurs you need to make good decisions.You can't go wrong with Keith.He's an amazing man. Honest, straight forward and well respected in the industry.Not to mention one of the best accident attorneys in the profession.Thank you Keith, and Chris.
Nathan CookNathan Cook
00:34 18 Jan 18
Great Services! Helpful reception. Brian Lathen was great and helped a lot.


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