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					Introduction
Section I
Information on Mesothelioma:
•      What is Mesothelioma
•      Types of Mesothelioma
•      Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Treatment of Mesothelioma
•      Treatment Options
•      Obtaining Treatment
•      Leading Mesothelioma Doctors

Financial Burden & Compensation
• Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney
•       Recovering Financial Compensation
•       Understanding the Legal Process
•       Frequently Asked Questions


Section II
Keeping Tabs on Mesothelioma Care Organizer:
1.     Personal Information
2.     Assessment Information
3.     Care Alternatives
4.     Medical Information
5.     Insurance Information
6.     Financial Information
7.     Legal Information
8.     Care Plan




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Mesothelioma Information Guide
 With a diagnosis of mesothelioma, many questions arise. As you search for information and
understanding, you’ll see the vast amounts of information on the subject, but not all are accurate and
truthful. So, it’s important to turn to resources with demonstrated expertise, compassion and results in
supporting individuals and families suddenly dealing with the diagnosis of Mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Information Guide and Care Organizer is a dynamic resource regularly updated with
the most important information about the disease, the treatment options and the medical and financial
resources you need now.

Support is needed from various areas of your life. Whether family, friends, clergy, or support group, you
know that a huge fight is ahead of you, and you need all the help you can get. Just the process of
collecting and maintaining all the records required to meet with your mesothelioma doctors is
enormous. Not to mention all the basic pieces of information you need just to be organized.

That is why we have created a customized record-keeping system for you and your loved ones. We
understand how much needs to be accomplished in a short period of time. We understand how
important it is to communicate effectively with your medical and legal team. We understand how trying
this time is for you and your loved ones, and we are sure you will find this resource helpful.

The Mesothelioma Care Organizer will allow you to quickly track and retrieve pertinent information by
keeping your records easily available in a central location. Using the Organizer will help you communicate
effectively with your medical and legal team and help you share accurate information about your
treatment status and personal support needs with loved ones.

During this stressful time, it’s good to know you have a source for trustworthy information and
resources created and supported by a compassionate team of experts. We are also just a phone call
away if there are any more specific or detailed questions. Just call the number on this page.


How the Guide and Organizer Helps You
This practical system with over 100 pages allows you to track hundreds of details regarding health care,
well-being, and mesothelioma information. Using the Mesothelioma Information Guide with Care
Organizer puts you in control of important information and the vast number of records you will
accumulate. It provides guidance on the type of information you will need or may want to gather.

We hope that this tool help ease a small part of the burden you face in dealing with Mesothelioma.
Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions and continue to use us a support partner.


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What is Mesothelioma?
The Mesothelioma Family Resource Center is dedicated to providing information on
mesothelioma, including the latest mesothelioma treatment options and legal precedents. It is our
strongest desire to equip you with knowledge about this cancer and your options.

What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of asbestos cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells. These cells
form tissue that surround or line the lungs, heart, and stomach. The mesothelial cells protect
these organs by producing a lubricating fluid that allows them to move smoothly.

Asbestos is the overwhelming cause of mesothelioma in the United States. Typically the asbestos
exposure occurred in an occupation or work environment over a prolonged period of time.
However, it is also well-established that bystander (working near others using asbestos products)
and household exposures (exposure from family members and their work clothes in the home)
are known causes of mesothelioma. There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Types of Mesothelioma
There are three types of mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, and
Pericardial Mesothelioma.

   •   Pleural Mesothelioma accounts for 75% of all diagnoses.
   •   Peritoneal Mesothelioma accounts for less than 20% of all mesothelioma cases.
   •   Pericardial Mesothelioma is the most rare and accounts for very few cases.


Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease. While you may have one
or many of the risk factors associated with a disease, such as mesothelioma, that does not mean
that you will get the disease.

The main risk factor for mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Prolonged exposure to asbestos
through a job, or during a building demolition or remodel increases your chances. Other
recognized, but very rare, known causes include exposure to zeolites (minerals primarily located
in Turkey), therapeutic thoratrast radiation, and chronic inflammation of the pleura. However,
there have been very few reported cases of mesothelioma from causes other than asbestos.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms include but are definitely not limited to:

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   •   shortness of breath
   •   chronic cough,
   •   chest pain
   •   fatigue

Often mesothelioma is misdiagnosed because the symptoms are common to other ailments, such
as colds and flu.

Stages of Mesothelioma
Stages of mesothelioma were established by the Mesothelioma Interest Group and adopted by
the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), and are similar to the staging system used by
most other cancers. At this time, the staging system is only applied to mesothelioma around the
lung, and uses Roman numerals from I to IV (1 to 4) to describe the severity of the cancer.

Key Statistics
Each year, between 2,000 and 4,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This cancer has a
very long latency stage, and most often shows up late in life and primarily in men.
Unfortunately, mortality is very quick after diagnosis, typically because mesothelioma is often
far advanced by the time a diagnosis is made.




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Diagnosing Mesothelioma
The best way to ascertain appropriate treatment is through quick diagnosis of the disease.
Because of the long latency period and the symptoms common to other diseases, it can be
difficult to diagnose mesothelioma. Survival time relies on rapid diagnosis and immediate
treatment, so make sure your doctor knows if you have been exposed to asbestos, the primary
cause of mesothelioma.

Before a treatment plan can be put in place, an evaluation of your mesothelioma symptoms and a
complete physical examination should occur. This examination may include:

   •   X-rays of the chest or abdomen
   •   Lung function tests
   •   CT (CAT) scan
   •   PET scan
   •   MRI
   •   Medical history
   •   Information regarding asbestos exposure

A blood test may be used to determine if a protein called osteopontin is elevated. This test is
more often used during your mesothelioma treatment plan to determine progress.

Fluid and tissue samples are used to determine if cancer cells are present. If so, special tests are
needed to diagnose the asbestos cancer as mesothelioma. Stages of tests are required to give your
doctor the best information on your mesothelioma diagnosis and survival prognosis.

Examples of tests on fluid and tissue samples include:

   •   Theracentsis - Removal of fluid in the chest, abdomen, or heart areas
   •   Thoracoscopy – inserting a video camera in the chest to take a tissue biopsy or fluid
   •   Laparoscopy – inserting a video camera in the abdomen to take a tissue biopsy or fluid
   •   Thoracotomy – surgery to remove a larger tumor sample from the chest cavity
   •   Laparotomy – surgery to remove a larger tumor sample, or the entire tumor, from the
       abdomen
   •   Bronchoscopy – inserting a lighted tube to determine if there are masses in the bronchial
       airway. Small samples of tissue can be taken for testing.
   •   Mediastinoscopy – inserting a lighted tube under the sternum into the chest to view the
       lymph nodes and take samples for testing.

Mesothelioma often looks like other types of cancer, making it difficult to diagnose without
special tests. One test, an immunohistochemistry, looks for different proteins on the cell surface
and can determine if the cancer is lung cancer or mesothelioma.

DNA Microarray analysis is a newer test that looks at genes in the cancers which is helpful in
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diagnosing mesothelioma because it has a different gene pattern than other cancer types.

Another tool used to diagnose mesothelioma is an electron microscope. Because it can magnify
samples more than 100 times greater than a light microscope, the distinguishing part of cancer
cells can be seen to determine other cancer types from mesothelioma.

Survival of mesothelioma requires diligence on both the part of the patient and the doctor. Make
sure your doctor knows if you worked in a profession where asbestos was regularly used, get
checkups regularly, and know the risk factors and symptoms for mesothelioma.




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Types of Mesothelioma
There are three types of mesothelioma:

   •   Pleural Mesothelioma
   •   Peritoneal Mesothelioma
   •   Pericardial Mesothelioma

Each type affects different areas of the body that contain mesothelial cells, which protect certain
organs in our bodies. Certain mesothelioma symptoms are common to more than one type
including coughing, shortness of breath, and fever.

Pleural Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma, which occurs in the linings surrounding the lungs, is the most common
type of mesothelioma accounting for 75% of all diagnoses. The root cause is exposure to
asbestos.

The cancer attacks the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. The symptoms for pleural
mesothelioma are common and often misdiagnosed. This creates even more delays in completing
the appropriate diagnosis and seeking proper treatment.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, notify your physician to assist with the correct diagnosis of
your symptoms. Otherwise, your doctor may assume more common medical ailments, such as
pneumonia, to explain your condition.

Some symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

   •   Coughing
   •   Fever
   •   Shortness of breath
   •   Weight loss

Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach and abdomen, is second most common after
pleural mesothelioma and accounts for less than 20% of all mesothelioma cases. As with other
mesothelioma types, peritoneal mesothelioma has a long latency period thereby delaying
diagnosis and impeding treatment. Because the symptoms are common to other ailments,
diagnosis can be delayed.

Some symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:

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   •   Swelling
   •   Abdominal pain
   •   Fever
   •   Weight loss

Pericardial Mesothelioma
Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma and accounts for very few cases.
This asbestos cancer affects the heart and its surrounding cavity. As with other mesothelioma
types, pericardial mesothelioma has a long latency period thereby delaying diagnosis and
impeding treatment.

Some symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include:

   •   Persistent coughing
   •   Chest pain
   •   Palpitations
   •   Shortness of breath

If you have been exposed to asbestos, make sure to notify your doctor so appropriate measures
can be taken to ensure a correct diagnosis of your symptoms.




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Obtaining Treatment for Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma treatment is expensive, often in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with no
guarantees or promise of cure. Deciding the right therapies for you or your loved one takes time
you do not have. You want the best treatment available, but finding it can seem daunting. Then
there is the expense of the various mesothelioma treatment options. Some of the newer
treatments may not be covered by insurance, and there will be out-of-pocket expenses.

Deciding on the best course of action is important. As part of that course, you should consider
consulting with one of our legal experts to learn more about your options. Additionally, our
mesothelioma family advocates can assist you with questions regarding the various issues you
may have.

Paying for Mesothelioma Treatment
As previously mentioned, paying for your mesothelioma treatment can cost you in the hundreds
of thousands of dollars. You should consider consulting an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to
determine if your mesothelioma case warrants time in court. The primary cause of mesothelioma
is asbestos exposure and often this exposure occurs on the job. Many companies that made, sold
or used asbestos knew the risks of asbestos exposure, and did not take proper precautions to
ensure workers or their families were protected. A mesothelioma lawyer well versed in litigating
asbestos cases can assist you in determining options you may have that will help off-set some of
the exorbitant medical expenses.

Cancer Centers
We understand that your time is too valuable to spend hours on research. Therefore, the
Mesothelioma Family Resource Center has compiled a list of cancer centers for your
convenience. These centers are designated by the National Cancer Institute as Comprehensive
Cancer Centers and are recognized for scientific excellence and extensive resources. This list
will provide a good starting point for you to find treatment facilities in your area.

Leading Mesothelioma Doctors
Your mesothelioma treatment will be provided by a team of medical professionals, rather than
one person. You will want to consult with a number of specialists, including a doctor well versed
in the treatment of mesothelioma. The Mesothelioma Family Resource Center has compiled a list
of leading mesothelioma doctors across the United States to assist you in finding one in your
area.

Additionally, we have provided you with information and questions you will want to consider
asking your doctor upon your first visit. It is important to be prepared for this visit, so consider

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taking someone with you to assist in asking questions and documenting information.

NOTE: The content contained herein was not prepared by medical professionals and should not
be construed as medical advice. Please address all medical questions, concerns, and symptoms
with your doctor.




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Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Once you or your loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, researching to determine your
course of action is time critical. You must quickly learn about this disease from a specialist, as
well as decide upon the best mesothelioma attorney. Your doctor will run tests to learn how
extensive the disease is, and designate a cancer stage based upon the test results. At that point,
your medical team will discuss treatment options with you.

Mesothelioma treatment is dependant upon several factors, including:

   •   Your cancer stage
   •   Size and location of the tumor
   •   Has it spread to lymph nodes or other organs
   •   Your health and personal preferences

The cancer stage is an important aspect in deciding on the level and type of treatment. According
to the American Cancer Society, surgery has a higher likelihood of long-term benefits in earlier
stages, particularly stage I.

If your mesothelioma is in a late stage, such as stage IV, has progressed to cover an extensive
part of your body, or you cannot tolerate an operation, then there are conventional treatment
options, such as chemotherapy, that may slow the mesothelioma growth, but will not result in a
cure. Clinical trials may be an option, and should be discussed with your doctor and family.

Regardless of the stage or level of your diagnosis, you should consider alleviating symptoms and
pain management as part of your overall care. There are various options to consider, including:

   •   Treatments to remove fluid buildup and enhance breathing
   •   Radiation therapy
   •   Pain-relieving drugs
   •   Natural remedies

Consult your doctor to determine what is appropriate for your situation.

Because mesothelioma can be difficult to treat, it is important that you understand the goal of
your mesothelioma treatment before it begins. You want to know whether the goal is to fight the
cancer or relieve the symptoms. Additionally, you want to be clear on the benefits and risks of
the various treatment options. Consider engaging the assistance of a victims advocate, whether a
family member or third-party, to assist you in tracking and recording conversations with your
medical team. The best decisions can only be made after careful consideration of your diagnosis,
and determining the most appropriate treatment options for your mesothelioma.NOTE: The
content contained herein was not prepared by medical professionals and should not be construed
as medical advice. Please address all medical questions, concerns, and symptoms with your
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Leading Mesothelioma Doctors
Once you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, the clock begins ticking.
Mesothelioma symptoms are similar to those of more common diseases, and therefore are often
misdiagnosed. Understanding the various mesothelioma treatment options is paramount to your
treatment success.

It is imperative that you find the right mesothelioma doctor to begin your treatment
immediately. You want a doctor with experience in diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma, as
well as one who is versed in the latest procedures and clinical trials.

It is typical for you to have more than one doctor treating your mesothelioma, including an
oncologist, pulmonologist, and thoracic surgeon. Your team of mesothelioma specialists will be
determined by the type of mesothelioma you have, the stage it is in, and the treatment chosen.

The following list was compiled to assist you in finding a specialist, and is in no way a complete
list of mesothelioma doctors.

Robert Cameron, MD
Department of Surgery
UCLA School of Medicine
Center for the Health Sciences, Room 62-215
Box 951741
Los Angeles, California 90095-1741

(310) 794-7333 (office)
(310) 794-7335 (fax)

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Wright-Saunders, Suite 266

39th and Market Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19104
1-800-789-PENN (7366)

David H. Harpole, Jr., MD
Surgery / Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
DUMC 3627

Durham, NC 27710
(919) 668-8413
(919) 668-7157



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David M. Jablons, MD,
Chief of Thoracic Surgery
University of California San Francisco
(415) 353-4145 Cardiac Surgery
(415) 885-3882 Thoracic Surgery

Gregory P. Kalemkerian, MD
Co-Director of Thoracic Oncology
Cancer Center Member
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 936-5281

Brian W. Loggie, MD
Endowed Bonnstetter Chair
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Director, Cancer Biology Program
Department of Surgery
Creighton University School of Medicine
Creighton University Medical Center
Division of Surgical Oncology, Suite 2803

601 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131

(402) 280-4100

David C. Rice, MD
Assistant Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Mesothelioma Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
(713) 794-1477

Lary A. Robinson, MD
Director, Div of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 745-8412




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Valerie W. Rusch, FACS
Attending Thoracic Surgeon

Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
(212) 639-5873

W. Roy Smythe, MD
Professor of Surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Scott & White
Temple Clinic
2401 S. 31st St.

Temple, TX 76508
(254) 724-2334

David J. Sugarbaker, MD
Chief Thoracic Surgery

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Chief, Department of Surgical Services
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
(617) 732-6824

Paul H. Sugarbaker, MD, FACS, FRCS
Director, Surgical Oncology

Washington Cancer Institute

Washington, DC

(202) 877-3908

Daniel Sterman, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

(215) 614-0984

Robert N. Taub, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Presbyterian Hospital

New York, NY

(212) 305-4076




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Eric Vallieres, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Section of General Thoracic Surgery
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA
(205) 598-4477

Stephen C. Yang, MD
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery & Oncology
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation Program

Director, Thoracic Oncology Program

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, MD

(410) 614-3891




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Recovering Financial Compensation

Corporate Wrongdoing
It was suspected as early as 1927 that asbestos was a deadly substance. In 1950, Newsweek
Magazine reported that air pollution with asbestos was a probable cause of lung and respiratory
tract cancer. Yet many manufacturers and distributors of asbestos or asbestos-containing
products, and employers in industries where asbestos was used, did not take appropriate
precautions to protect people from exposure.

Two Types of Financial Compensation for Asbestos
Exposure
In both mesothelioma trial verdicts that find for the plaintiff and cases that settle before trial, the
amount awarded or settled on is based on compensation for two kinds of loss: economic loss and
non-economic loss.


Economic Loss

Economic loss refers to the financial damages resulting from the illness and death of a
mesothelioma victim due to wrongful action. This type of financial loss includes:

   •   Medical expenses - doctor and hospital bills, medications, insurance co-pays and deductibles,
       medical devices and home health care.
   •   Lost wages – the pay the victim loses beginning when they have to miss work or stop working as
       a result of their illness, through to their expected retirement. This can also include lost
       retirement pay and social security?
   •   Loss of household services – these are the services the family or spouse depended on the victim
       to do before they got sick, and will have to find someone else to take care of. This could include
       services such as yard care, car or house repairs, cooking, child care and much more.
   •   Other miscellaneous expenses that apply to each individual case


Calculating Economic Loss
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone mesothelioma attorneys have extensive experience assisting
their clients to calculate the economic losses they and their family sustain due to wrongful
action. Often, clients are unaware of all the factors that contribute to an accurate calculation and
underestimate.


Non-Economic Loss

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Non-economic loss refers to physical and emotional pain the victim suffers as well as to the
emotional damage the family suffers when watching a loved one become sick and pass away.
Some examples are:

   •   Loss of love, society and companionship
   •   Pain and suffering
   •   Mental anguish


How is Non-Economic Loss Calculated?
How does one assign a monetary value to the pain a mesothelioma victim suffers? How can the
emotional loss of a loved one be calculated in dollars? The victims and families we work with
often tell us that they’d give all the money in the world to have never had to have gone through
mesothelioma. These questions are really impossible to answer.

Hold Corporate Wrongdoers Responsible
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone mesothelioma attorneys have a solid track record of helping
clients win millions of dollars in both economic and non-economic damage awards making
corporations responsible for the pain and suffering they’ve caused. (Outcomes depend on the
details of each case.)

Are you ready to hold those who’ve negligently exposed you or a family member to asbestos
responsible? Contact us today for a free consultation.




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Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important that you
contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible so that you can learn if you have a case; and
if so, begin the legal process—which can take months or even years to complete.

During this process, you’ll want a mesothelioma lawyer working for you that is diligent,
experienced and compassionate about your situation and case. There are different types of
mesothelioma attorneys that may want to represent you, and it’s important that you choose
wisely. To make that decision, here’s what you need to know about the mesothelioma attorney
choices available:

General Attorneys
While a general attorney that you would consult for common issues such as legal documents is
legally able to represent you, most do not have the experience and specialization to adequately
prepare a case as involved and complex as a mesothelioma case. It is common knowledge that
mesothelioma cases can bring large financial recoveries, and someone without much experience
may offer to represent you in hopes of getting part of that recovery as a fee, but this is generally
not in your best interest.

Mesothelioma Attorneys vs. Mesothelioma Trial Attorneys
It is important to distinguish between a mesothelioma attorney and a mesothelioma trial
attorney. Because so much evidence against asbestos manufacturers and employers exists, many
defendants in mesothelioma cases are eager to settle a case rather than risk a trial. Some asbestos
victims also do not want to go through the trial process and prefer to settle their case. Many
mesothelioma attorneys have significant experience in settling cases, but fewer have real
experience preparing and successfully trying mesothelioma cases. If you want your day in court
or want to hold those responsible for causing your family so much pain legally responsible, we
highly recommend you choose a mesothelioma trial attorney with experience bringing
mesothelioma cases to trial.

SEG is an experienced mesothelioma law firm with a history of trying asbestos
mesothelioma cases. If you decide later that you want to settle your case, we can also help you
negotiate a settlement.

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Legal Process
Simon, Eddins, and Greenstone is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to
each and all of its clients. We pride ourselves on having the skills and resources to challenge the
largest of companies who, in many cases, have unlimited financial resources. Every client can
expect their case to be managed by a partner and an experienced team of Simon, Eddin’s, and
Greenstone attorneys and staff. It is our philosophy that every case demands individual, special
attention. Every case that Simon, Eddins, and Greenstone accepts for legal representation is
worked up for trial and we expect to try every case to verdict, although many successfully settle
out of court or during trial. Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone works on a contingency-fee basis, so
the client does not pay Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone any fee unless there is a successful
recovery. The purpose of this section of our website is to briefly describe the legal process you
can expect if Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone accepts your mesothelioma case.

Diagnosis
When someone has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the first question raised by
physicians is, “where were you exposed to asbestos?” Mesothelioma is considered a “signature”
disease, meaning it is almost always linked to prior occupational, domestic or environmental
exposure to asbestos. Our firm is dedicated to serving victims of mesothelioma and our practice
stretches from coast to coast.

Investigation
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone attorneys work closely with a team of investigators who will
meet with you quickly, often within a day or so of contacting Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone.
Our investigators will research potential sources of asbestos exposure that may have occurred
decades in the past. In addition, we will thoroughly investigate historical documentation and co-
workers which may lead to the discovery of exposure sites and products. From this point, Simon,
Eddin’s, and Greenstone will research the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of the asbestos
materials and products that may have been the source of asbestos exposure.

Filing Suit
Once the investigative part of the client’s case is completed, Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone
will file suit against the responsible party or parties. In many cases, the suit may involve claims
against as few as one party or as many 50 or more parties. From this point, the defendant
companies will typically have approximately 30-45 days to answer the lawsuit. Once all parties
have filed a formal answer to the suit, then discovery will commence against all defendants.

Client’s Deposition
As soon as practical after filing the suit, Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone will schedule the
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client’s deposition. The deposition is an opportunity for the client to provide testimony about a
wide variety of topics, including the client’s medical condition, nature and extent of exposure to
asbestos, and the damages suffered to date. The deposition is typically videotaped to preserve the
testimony for trial in the event the client is unable to attend or testify at trial. Both Simon,
Eddin’s, and Greenstone counsel and defense counsel have an opportunity to ask questions
during the deposition process.

Experts
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone spares no expense when it comes to consulting with the most
qualified experts in the country on asbestos disease. We are dedicated to consulting with the top
experts in the world on the treatment and cause of mesothelioma. We will consult with a wide
variety of experts, including industrial hygienists, pathologists, oncologists, economists,
epidemiologists, occupational & preventative medicine experts, as well as others. In addition,
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone will consult with the client’s treating physicians concerning the
client’s care and treatment and medical bills and expenses. These treating physicians and
qualified experts on asbestos disease are then asked to testify at trial to explain critical medical
and scientific issues to the jury.

Trial
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone is a trial firm. We are always prepared to try every case to
verdict. If we accept your mesothelioma case for legal representation, that is the commitment we
make. But whether the case is tried or settled is a decision our clients ultimately make with the
benefit of our advice and recommendations. Although we have offices located in Dallas, Texas,
and Long Beach, California, Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone trial attorneys are committed to
trying cases nationwide. Indeed, Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone currently represents clients in
suits pending in at least 20 states. The client can typically expect the trial to last 2-4 weeks,
depending on the jurisdiction and number of defendants remaining at the time of trial. Simon,
Eddin’s, and Greenstone trial attorneys have successfully obtained over $200 million in trial
verdicts for their clients over the past decade. View SEG Law's track
record to see amounts received by clients in featured cases. Because of this stellar trial record,
many of our client’s cases are successfully resolved through settlement prior to verdict.

Appeals
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone also has an experienced appellate department dedicated to
handling complex law and motion subjects, including appeals, writs, removals, summary
judgments, etc. Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone will handle the client’s case from filing through
appeal, if required.

Bankruptcy Trust Claims
Simon, Eddin’s, and Greenstone may also pursue clients’ claims against bankruptcy trusts.
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Through the bankruptcy process trusts have been formed on behalf of many companies
responsible for damages resulting from the manufacture and/or distribution of asbestos-
containing products. Though the bankrupt companies may no longer be sued in court for their
liability for manufacturing asbestos-containing products, the trusts are funded to ensure that those
harmed by the products of those companies may still be compensated for their damages. Simon,
Eddin’s, and Greenstone has a bankruptcy department dedicated to filing claims against such
trusts on behalf of its clients.

For more information on the legal process, please feel free to contact us at intake@seglaw.com.




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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will your law firm handle my mesothelioma case, or simply refer it to another firm?

ANSWER: SEG is a trial firm, not a firm that refers cases to other firms. Along with a team of
attorneys and staff, a SEG partner will personally handle your case from beginning to end. We
will not “refer” your case to another firm. However, SEG does accept clients by referral from
other attorneys all over the country.

2. Will my case settle before trial?

ANSWER: Most mesothelioma cases handled by SEG settle before verdict. This past year,
approximately 26% of our clients’ cases were tried to verdict. The remainder were resolved
prior to verdict. We expect to try every client’s case to verdict, but because of our significant
verdicts and settlement history in the past, we are able to resolve most cases prior to verdict.
However, some clients simply tell us they want “their day in court” and we’re happy to try their
case to verdict. After all, trying cases before juries is what we do.

3. Do I have to pay attorneys’ fees or expenses?

ANSWER: You do not have to pay any attorneys’ fees or expenses, unless SEG obtains a
financial recovery for you. SEG will advance the necessary expenses and fees to prosecute your
case. These fees and expenses will not be recovered by SEG unless there is a financial award to
you. If SEG does not obtain a financial recovery for you or your family, you are not obligated to
repay SEG for any fees or expenses incurred on your case.

4. How long will it take to prosecute my case to completion?

ANSWER: The time frame between filing your case and completion varies depending on the
facts of your case, the applicable law and the state of filing. In most cases, we are able to request
and obtain a “preference” or expedited trial setting because of our clients’ exigent medical
condition. This enables us to get a much quicker trial date than normal. In some cases we are
able to obtain a trial date within 180 days of filing the case, others it may take as long as a year
or more. For wrongful death cases, the time frame is somewhat longer. If your case goes to trial,
you can expect the trial to typically average between 2 - 4 weeks. If a jury verdict is appealed, it
could take anywhere from 1-3 years. But keep in mind, your case can settle at any point during
the process.

5. Why should I choose your firm to handle my case?

ANSWER: You should choose SEG because of our track record and our individualized attention
to every, single client. SEG handles only a limited number of cases each year. The reason for
this is simple- we believe that every client needs and deserves individual attention. While we
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have offices in Texas and California, SEG has a nationwide practice. SEG has handled
mesothelioma cases in over 20 different states. We have a proven track record of individual
client recoveries in the multiple millions of dollars, after deducting attorneys fees and expenses
(see our record of Cases and Verdicts). Of course, we cannot guarantee results to any client, as
the results of any case are dependent on the specific facts of each case. But SEG can and does
guarantee our best efforts for you and your family.




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