Asbestos

I’ve personally experienced...

many difficult moments with mesothelioma clients who understood their time was short. People in that situation have a universal request: “please take care of my family.” Flint cooper has made and kept that promise to our clients.

—ETHAN FLINT, Managing Partner

Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of flexible heat, electricity and corrosion-resistant fibers. The mineral is widely used in construction as an effective insulator, and added to cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other consumer products to make them stronger. However, its carcinogenic qualities make asbestos dangerous, and the inhalation or ingestion of the microscopic and highly toxic fibers when they become airborne can be permanently trapped in the body. Over decades, trapped asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage.

Asbestos exposure almost exclusively causes a rare and aggressive cancer of the linings of the lungs called mesothelioma, lung cancer and a progressive lung disease called asbestosis, as well as ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, pleural effusions, pleural plaques, pleuritis and diffuse pleural thickening. Prolonged exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing these diseases.

Despite companies stopping its usage in the 1980s, asbestos is used in thousands of domestic, commercial and industrial products, and is present in millions of older buildings across the United States. Therefore, many people are exposed through their occupations, and loved ones of these employees face a higher risk because of secondhand exposure. Further, former members of the military are also vulnerable due to the military’s reliance on the mineral.

Mesothelioma

A rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos; attacks mesothelial cells that make up the membranes lining the chest and abdominal cavity.

Lung Cancer

Studies show an increase in lung cancer among workers exposed to asbestos.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease are nonmalignant diseases that are slowly progressive, severely disabling and potentially fatal.

Success Stories

Flint Cooper applies its knowledge and experience to win trials, not just collect settlements, further strengthening its reputation of providing clients around the world with exceptional counsel and unparalleled advocacy.

$2,000,000,000+

Recovered by Flint Cooper in asbestos-related litigation

Advantage

With over 20 years of experience in filing asbestos-related lawsuits and asbestos trust funds claims for victims, Flint Cooper is a top national asbestos law firm with a solid track record of securing over two billion dollars for thousands of clients.

In courtrooms across the United States, Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys have succeeded in winning awards for wrongful deaths, a success only achievable by compassionate professionals who listen to you, your family members and coworkers’ stories. Only by listening to, and learning from, those stories can your situation be better understood and help guide what direction Flint Cooper will take to successfully resolve your case.

There is no secret to our success. Hard work, attention to detail and litigating our clients’ cases before juries have always resulted in our clients’ having their voice heard and holding the responsible companies accountable for their actions.

— LACI WHITLEY, Partner

It was important to build a firm with highly skilled lawyers, staff, and robust accounting and lien resolution departments to better serve clients. Not many firms can provide the back-end accounting support to get the much-needed settlement money to their clients quickly. We make it a point to get settlement funds to our clients as soon as possible.

— ETHAN FLINT, Managing Partner

Flint Cooper specializes in litigating asbestos-related diseases and consists of attorneys, investigators, nurses, paralegals and doctors who work to identify various exposure sources, and discover the exact diagnosis by reviewing medical files and records.

Flint Cooper is uniquely positioned and prepared to be there for you from start to finish, getting you the help you need, when you need. Flint Cooper is equipped to walk you through all the necessary legal steps to secure you the best monetary compensation available and build tribute to what you have lost.

Flint Cooper wins trials, not just collects settlements. Over the years, asbestos defendants have settled because they know Flint Cooper can prove they exposed generations of workers, veterans and family members to cancer-causing illnesses. Flint Cooper prepares arduously and is willing to take claims to trial, which is primarily the reason most defendants settle sooner: to sidestep the uncertainty of a jury’s verdict, to dodge embarrassment in the media, to spare themselves greater financial loss, and most importantly, to avoid facing Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys in court.

People who would never ask anything for themselves want to make sure that their children or grandchildren get to attend college. They want spouses to keep the family home, and they wish no one has to die from asbestos ever again.

— JILL PRICE, Partner

Common Questions

An experienced personal injury attorney with a strong background in representing people injured as the result of asbestos exposure and diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, and who fights for asbestos victims to receive the maximum compensation available. Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys possess the know-how and dedication to pursue a litigation process against negligent asbestos companies, manufacturers, job sites and over five thousand products that made victims sick with mesothelioma or lung cancer.

To help build a solid, successful case for maximum financial compensation. Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys specialize in filing asbestos-related claims and lawsuits, investigating every job site and product related to the asbestos exposure, and consolidate the crucial details.

An asbestos-related lawsuit is a public filing in a courthouse outlining  how you were exposed to asbestos and that it caused your mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis, and including allegations of product liability, negligence, strict liability, and other claims against asbestos manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

Clients are not required to pay any out-of-pocket, upfront fees and zero expenses unless your case is won.  Flint Cooper represents all of its clients on a contingency fee basis, and only gets paid when your claim is successfully resolved. Flint Cooper wants its clients to focus on their treatment and their family, leaving attorneys to do the heavy lifting and win compensation for them.

Yes, you need an attorney to receive most of the benefits and compensation set aside for asbestos-related disease victims.

According to the Mealey’s Litigation Report, a well-respected news outlet for legal reporting, the median jury award for mesothelioma cancer patients or their families ranged from $1.2 million to $4.5 million between 2010-2018. Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys' verdicts and settlements have averaged significantly higher.

If you file a claim, your compensation could begin in just a few short months but each case is unique. More importantly, the sooner you begin the process with Flint Cooper, the quicker your experienced attorney will ensure justice is served and hold the responsible defendants accountable for exposing you and your family to deadly asbestos fibers.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. For those victims who succumb to their illness, family members also qualify to represent the existing claim, and are entitled to collect the eventual compensation and benefits.

If someone passes away from an asbestos-related disease, then a family member or next of kin is entitled to pursue it on their behalf, and the injury case transforms into a claim for wrongful death.

Flint Cooper attorneys can meet with you in person or virtually to begin your case immediately, and documents can be signed and submitted electronically online via DocuSign.

Asbestos-related cases do not  have to go to trial, as you are part of the decision about whether to go in front of a judge and jury. Even if your case makes it to the trial date, a lawsuit will likely settle because Flint Cooper wields the evidence it collects to encourage defendants to accept their negligence and avoid the uncertainty and potential fallout of a jury verdict.

No, asbestos-related cases are not considered a class-action lawsuit. Asbestos cancer is a unique injury; therefore, Flint Cooper only files individual personal injury or wrongful death cases for its clients and their families, whereas class-action lawsuits only work to handle a large group of injured people the same way.

No, a jury award compensates you for the asbestos-related cancer diagnosis so it is not considered income for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Your award is the court's attempt to make you whole for the injuries you sustained from the defendant’s negligence. However, special damages (also called punitive damages and rare) may be taxable.

Flint Cooper asbestos attorneys are skilled at researching and helping you obtain all the important information to file your claim.

Typically, the filing of the claim has no effect on any other benefits you may be receiving. Flint Cooper works with the specifics of each situation to ensure any effect on your existing benefits is understood and planned for in the handling of your case.