Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that comes from contact with asbestos, and many personal injury victims in Baton Rouge have contracted this disease.  In fact, it can come from ‘secondary hand’ contact such as the case of Linda Coates. Mrs Coates, 64, from Newcastle has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She is now appealing for information from her late husband’s colleagues as she believes she came into contact with the substance while washing his work overalls.

Electrician David Coates died in 2002 after almost 30 years of marriage. In February medics told Mrs Coates in February 2016 she has the terminal disease. Mrs Coates has instructed expert asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how she came into contact with the hazardous substance and is trying to track down his former colleagues to help her fight for justice.

She said: ‘My mesothelioma diagnosis came completely out of the blue for me and I was even more shocked when I found out it may have been caused by inhaling asbestos dust and fibres my husband brought home on his overalls.

‘I remember how dusty and dirty the overalls used to be when he came home and I used to get annoyed when he sat on the sofa with the overalls on. I always used to wash his overalls when he was working, but I never knew the dust and fibres might have been asbestos.

Mesothelioma tends to develop 10 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. State laws called statutes of limitations usually give people one to five years (depending on the state) from the diagnosis or discovery of mesothelioma to file a lawsuit. But it’s important to act promptly, because in a few states, including California, Tennessee, and Louisiana, the statue of limitations is only one year from diagnosis.

Most asbestos cases are settled before they ever get to a jury (meaning the parties agree outside of court to the amount of money damages the mesothelioma victim will get). If you have gathered all the facts about your medical condition and employment history, and your lawyer runs an efficient office, and there is an easily identifiable payment source — such as an insurance company or an asbestos victims’ trust fund — you may get your money in less than a year from the date your lawsuit is filed. But in other situations, where the amount of money damages depends on going to trial (or at least threatening to do so), it can take two years or more. Fortunately, the court rules in many states recognize that mesothelioma victims have a short life expectancy and as a result, fast track their lawsuits.

There are a few ‘global’ class action cases wherein defendants have agreed to pay money.  In many instances, local attorneys will ‘sign up’ local residents, and then refer the case out for a fee.  This is acceptable as long as you, the client are aware of this and to whom the case will be referred and what each attorney is receiving.  It is advantageous to you if you hire Law Firm because we do not simply ‘sign you, and ship you’ to another law firm.  While we may refer or associate another firm, we stay up-to-date on your case so that you have a local attorney you can call or visit for information on YOUR case.

If you or a loved on has Mesothelioma or have questions, contact the Law Firm, LLC at for (225) 933-1500.