More Than 35 Years Successfully Helping Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families in Louisiana
Benefits & Compensation Help Statewide
What do you do when you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Or perhaps you want to know what rights you have after a family member passed-away after suffering from this terrible disease?
It’s okay to have questions because not many people know what to do.
A lot of people struggle with issues like:
Do we need an attorney?
What rights do mesothelioma victims have?
How do I pay for an attorney to get mesothelioma benefits and compensation?
My name is Mike Gertler and I am the managing partner with the Gertler Law Firm, a New Orleans Personal Injury Law Firm that has been helping Louisiana families work through the legal process and access the mesothelioma benefits available to victims and their family members. We were the first law firm in Louisiana to successfully obtain a judgment in Louisiana for mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos – and we’ve continued that success for more than 35 years.
And I would like to help you too.
On this website, we’ve answered many of the questions that family members have regarding the unique care, needs and issues that confront mesothelioma victims and their families.
If you look to the far right, you’ll see a search box. All you need to do is type in your question, and most of the answers or topics related to your question will be right at your fingertips.
Although we hope to have the answer to your question right here, sometimes that is not possible.
So here’s what I recommend if you can’t locate the answer to your question – or you just want to speak with a attorney with more than 3 decades of helping families deal with this deadly disease to find out what you should do next.
Call us at 504-355-0057…. if the call is long distance, use our toll-free number at 1-855-GERTLER.
We’ll discuss your situation in detail, and try to answer your questions…. for free. We’ll even meet with you face-to-face if your situation is one which we think we can help you resolve.
When you call, this is our promise to you.
- We really do welcome your call.
- We will gladly talk with you over the phone without charge.
- During the day, we’ll return your call promptly if we are not available when you call.
- We will not pressure you in any way.
- And if for some reason we can’t help you, we will try to refer you to someone who may be able to help… that’s our promise to you.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma, or you have lost a family member, spend a few minutes here getting answers to your questions. And when you need more help, or an answer to a question that’s not covered on this website, please do call.
More Information About Asbestos & Mesothelioma
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name applied to six distinct fibrous materials that are naturally occurring, meaning they are found in soil and rock formations. Asbestos fibers are not hazardous unless they are in highly concentrated forms, like those used for commercial or business purposes.
How Can You Be Exposed To Asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos can only be from breathing in asbestos fibers. These fibers can remain lodged in the lungs for decades and may result in an individual contracting mesothelioma during their lifetime.
Who is at risk for asbestos exposure?
Almost everyone has been exposed to asbestos at some time in their life. Higher levels of asbestos are more common near:
- An asbestos mine or factory.
- A building being torn down or renovated that contains asbestos products.
- A waste site where asbestos is not properly covered up or stored to protect it from wind erosion.
- An area containing naturally occurring asbestos that has been disturbed through activities that crush asbestos-containing rock or stir up dust in soils that contain asbestos fibers.
In indoor air, the concentration of asbestos depends on whether:
- Asbestos was used for insulation, ceiling or floor tiles, or other purposes, and whether these asbestos-containing materials are in good condition or are deteriorated and easily crumbled.
- Activities in the house, such as repairs and home improvements have disturbed asbestos-containing materials.
- Asbestos has been brought into the home on shoes, clothes, hair, pet fur, or other objects.
Outdoor air concentrations of asbestos can also contribute to indoor air asbestos levels.