Mesothelioma is mostly an occupational disease.  The most vulnerable professions include shipbuilding, construction work, welding, insulating, auto repair, oil refinery, chemical plant work, and plumbing.

Mesothelioma can take 20 to 40 years to develop in the body.  This is why most mesothelioma patients are 40-65 years old and that the number of cases reported around the world increases by more than 30,000 each year.

The cost of treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers is vast and most patients cannot afford it.  If you have mesothelioma or some other form of cancer from asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation.  This is because most employers and or manufacturers knew asbestos was dangerous and failed to provide the proper protection to their employees.

Most claims can be filed after you are first diagnosed, but we recommend that you do it after your first treatment.  This makes your case a lot stronger.  Statistics have shown that most cases receive some form of compensation for damages caused by the fact that the employer failed to adequately provide protective equipment from asbestos.  More than 90% of cases have a positive outcome!  Recently, employers and their insurance companies are more willing to settle cases out of court.

It is important to keep in mind any statutes of limitations.  For instance, in the state of South Carolina, you have 3 years after your diagnosis to file a claim and 3 years from the time of a death of a loved one to file a wrongful death claim.  In Georgia, you have 2 years from the time of your diagnosis to file a claim and 2 years to file a wrongful death claim.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact the Kerr Law Firm at 843-785-3330.  Or you may email us at  We would be happy to give you a free consultation.