Common Questions About Asbestos Claims

We handle asbestos exposure claims daily on behalf of injured workers and their families. There are common questions that regularly come from these victims and their families. In this article, we address those most commonly asked questions.

Q: What types of illnesses are related to workplace exposure to asbestos?

A: Mesothelioma and other cancers, most often lung cancer. These diseases often develop decades after the initial exposure to products containing asbestos.  

Q: What are some examples of high risk jobs that may have involved asbestos exposure?

A: Factory workers, brake mechanics, construction workers, shipyard workers, plumbers and work related to plumbing pipe-fitters, refinery employees, paper mill workers, textile mill employees, steam plant workers, carpenters, oil industry employees, roofers, railroad workers, steamfitters, longshoremen, masonry workers, welders, blast furnace workers, Navy veterans and those who worked on ships.

Q: If I receive a settlement, will it change my pension?

A: No.  Settlements paid to you will NOT impact your pension.

Q: If I decide to proceed with a claim, will my former employer be sued?

A: No.  Shelby Roden will not sue your current or former employer.  In many cases, employers didn’t know asbestos created a dangerous workplace.  The asbestos manufacturers, however, did know.  Money for asbestos victims and their families comes from those former asbestos manufacturers through trust funds.

Q: If I file an asbestos claim, will I or anyone in my family have to go to court?

A: 99% of Asbestos cases are settled out of court.

Q: How much will I have to pay lawyers or the law firm?

A: Nothing!  Shelby Roden will research your work history to see whether you may have been exposed to asbestos while on the job.  We handle the entire process—the claim, the paperwork and the research. You will never pay us a dollar out of pocket.  We are paid a portion of the settlement, but only if you receive a settlement yourself.