Practice/Industry Group Overview
For almost a century, inhaling asbestos fibers has been associated with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and several other asbestos-related diseases, many fatal or debilitating.
Thousands of unsuspecting workers were exposed to asbestos day in and day out as they worked in factories, mills and other industrial occupations. Family members were also harmed through secondhand exposure to deadly asbestos brought home from the workplace. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks many residents and cleanup workers were also exposed to asbestos.
Motley Rice asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers represent U.S. and Canadian asbestos victims and fight for compensation and accountability on their behalf against companies that manufactured, distributed or supplied asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos and Your Legal Rights
Asbestos manufacturers have known that asbestos is dangerous since the 1920's but have chosen profit over their employees' health by continuing to manufacture, distribute or supply asbestos-containing products.
Motley Rice lawyers have more than three decades of experience litigating asbestos-related lawsuits. Some have played an integral part in asbestos litigation since the 1970s, taking on giant asbestos corporations and fighting for the rights of mesothelioma victims and other victims of asbestos cancers and other related diseases.
Whether working on asbestos bankruptcy matters or fighting for the rights of someone who has received a mesothelioma diagnosis, Motley Rice has attorneys with experience handling mesothelioma and asbestos-related lawsuits. Learn more about asbestos lawsuits and your legal rights.
Asbestos Exposure and Asbestos-Related Jobs
Asbestos exposure is a danger many face, and the risks can be serious. People in industrial jobs are most at risk for exposure because they are more likely to come in contact with products containing asbestos, but asbestos fibers can also be transferred home from people in asbestos-related jobs on their clothing, tools, skin and hair. This can lead to second-hand asbestos exposure for families and friends, putting them at risk for developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Learn more about asbestos exposure and jobs having a higher risk of submitting employees to asbestos exposure.
9/11 Compensation Fund
Those who braved the challenges of ground zero during the cleanup process were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos particles. First responders, cleanup workers and Canal Street area residents who suffered injuries, illness or death resulting from work or toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, Pentagon or Shanksville, Penn., crash sites are among those who may be eligible for compensation. Learn if you qualify for the new Victim Compensation Fund.
Asbestos Diseases and Treatments
Mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and several other potentially fatal asbestos-related diseases are associated with exposure to asbestos, many of which are serious types of cancer and various forms of lung disease.
Malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that occurs in the lining of the lung or abdomen, is the disease most often associated with exposure to asbestos fibers. A mesothelioma diagnosis is almost always due to asbestos exposure but can be difficult to identify because side effects can occur 20 to 60 years following initial exposure, and treatment options are limited.
Why Motley Rice
Our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers represent Americans and Canadians in U.S. courts, working with both individuals and unions for people suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice is a principal negotiator of structured settlements for asbestos manufacturers emerging from bankruptcy and works to ensure that these companies are held accountable to those they have harmed. More than three decades experience handling the intricacies of asbestos law sets Motley Rice asbestos lawyers apart.