June 20, 2017

Six Questions for Mesothelioma Victims

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Nothing can change your life quite as quickly as cancer. When the diagnosis is mesothelioma, many questions arise.

Since this disease is tied so closely to asbestos exposure, patients wonder, could this have been prevented? Do I need a lawyer? Can I even get financial help at this point?

These are all smart questions to ask. While you may be preoccupied with questions related to your medical treatment, here are a few questions to consider from a legal standpoint.


June 7, 2017

Meet Our Team: Janet Ward Black on Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Disease Patients

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Over her career, Janet Ward Black has assisted clients with many different case types, but she finds representing mesothelioma and other asbestos disease victims particularly rewarding. With 28 years of experience in asbestos litigation, she has helped hundreds of men and women find peace of mind through a very challenging season.

Representing Families Affected By Asbestos Diseases
When a family contacts Ward Black Law after their loved one’s mesothelioma diagnosis, Janet Ward begins with a thorough investigation into their employment history.

“Our firm has represented over 1,000 people with asbestos disease,” she explains. “Many of them worked in power plants, manufacturing companies, construction, or the military, and based on experience we can often easily determine the types of asbestos exposure throughout their lives.”

From the first contact to the conclusion of the case, the process generally takes a number of months. Janet Ward and the team at Ward Black Law have successfully won compensation for every mesothelioma victim they have represented over the past 28 years.

“There are multiple opportunities for recovery that we can pursue,” Janet Ward states. We want to pursue every source of financial recovery, settlements, and other compensation for our clients.

These opportunities range from worker’s compensation claims, which can cover lost wages and medical expenses, to compensation from manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products.

In many cases, the client is undergoing extensive medical treatments and facing a large amount of financial, physical and emotional strain. Janet Ward and her team work closely with the family, allowing the patient to focus on his or her treatment.

What Makes a Good Mesothelioma Attorney?
When advocating for a person with mesothelioma, experience in asbestos claims is absolutely critical. Janet Ward explains, “With this case type, there is an extremely large learning curve; fewer than five firms in North Carolina handle asbestos cases.”

“With 28 years of handling asbestos disease claims in our area, we know how valuable financial resources can be for those affected. Asbestos diseases are expensive to treat. We do all we can to ease that burden for clients and their families.”

From her perspective, families facing asbestos disease need an attorney with a reputation for honesty, a strong track record of experience in asbestos claims, and a willingness to do everything possible to get compensation from every source available for the family.

“This is more than a job for me,” she says. “We are helping good, hardworking men and women get peace of mind from worry about their medical bills and their families.”

Janet Ward recalls one specific case where she represented a man with mesothelioma who left behind a wife and two small children.  

“Not only was his wife provided for, and his medical bills and funeral bills paid, both his children received a trust fund to provide for them throughout their lives,” she says. “This is why I do what I do; we want to make a difference.”

Schedule a Consultation with Janet Ward Black
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another health problem from asbestos exposure? Ward Black Law has the experience and resources to walk with you through this process. With a track record of compassionate client service, we will serve as your voice.

Call or text us today at (336) 333-2244, or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214, or by email. We will be glad to answer your questions at no charge.


March 13, 2017

Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? 3 Critical Next Steps

Posted By: Ward Black Law

When a doctor confirms the diagnosis is mesothelioma, life can feel like a blur. Even if the patient and family have suspected this disease based on asbestos exposure in previous years, the result is overwhelming.

While the outlook may seem scary, there are several steps families can take to regain a sense of control. The initial period of time following the diagnosis is crucial for developing a plan to combat the effects of this disease. Consider starting with these three steps.

Find Experienced Medical Support
Chances are, you’ve seen many doctors on the road to diagnosis. From a primary care provider to imaging specialists, there’s a lot of care required for mesothelioma patients. Now that you’ve been officially diagnosed, it is time to find a specialist whom you trust. With an expert overseeing your care, you and your family can rest assured that you are receiving the best possible treatment. Many patients also need a specialist to support their mental and/or spiritual health. Finding a counselor early to discuss what you are going through and concerns about the future can drastically improve your quality of life.

Learn About Your Treatment Options
Depending on your cancer’s stage, there are treatment options available for mesothelioma. While a good care provider will educate you on your options, self-education is also wise. Learn everything there is to know about your disease and the therapies available. Ask questions about the treatment that is recommended to you and know how it will affect your overall health before beginning. This will help you prepare mentally and physically for what’s to come.

Know Your Legal & Financial Rights
You have probably already realized that it is very costly to treat mesothelioma. Most patients undergo surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other therapies that require care in a hospital setting. Those who are still working often have to quit their jobs, leaving them without income in an expensive season. This is where an experienced mesothelioma attorney comes in. If your disease is a direct result of asbestos exposure, your lawyer can educate you on your legal rights, financial compensation, and how quickly you can get help.

Contact Ward Black Law
Whether you are the patient or a loved one, Ward Black Law can work with you to help recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and drug costs. We’ve successfully represented over a thousand people with asbestos-related diseases, as well as their families, and would like to offer you a free and confidential consultation. Call or text us today at 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214.


September 25, 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: September 26, 2014

Posted By: Ward Black Law

In 2004, Mesothelioma Day was established to raise awareness about one of the most deadly and unrecognized forms of cancer. Over the past ten years, organizations have joined together to shed light on the devastating effects, and to raise money for life-saving treatments. As we approach Mesothelioma Day 2014, Ward Black Law and organizations all over the world hope to get people talking about this rare cancer. The lawyers of Ward Black Law have represented victims of asbestos exposure, including Mesothelioma for 25 years.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma, caused solely by exposure to asbestos, develops in the thin cell layer that lines the body’s internal organs. Currently, there are three recognized forms of Mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Each affects different organ linings from the heart to the lungs, with pleural mesothelioma being the most common form. Diagnosis is difficult and often delayed since the disease can lay dormant for years before causing symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they can be mistaken for other illnesses until they grow to be more severe. Common symptoms include lower back, side and chest pain, discomfort, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, persistent coughing, fever, weight loss and fatigue.

Do You Know Someone at Risk?

Many people at risk are unaware of potential symptoms of mesothelioma. People who are most at risk include miners, construction workers working with asbestos products, military veterans, 9/11 first responders and any spouse or family member in consistent contact with someone working in with asbestos-laden areas. Although no cure exists, treatment options are being developed to help prolong the lives of patients. As Mesothelioma Day continues to grow, more people are becoming aware of the harsh realities associated with the disease, and many are helping raise money for treatments.

You Can Make a Difference

Ward Black Law invites you to join us in recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2014, we hope to help spread the word and make a difference in the treatment and cure of this disease. You can learn more here.

If you have been exposed to asbestos or have a loved one who was exposed to asbestos, we can review your case, explain your rights and discuss any compensation to which you may be entitled. The initial case review is always free, so contact us today at (336) 333-2244, toll-free at 1 (877) 256-1214 or by email info@wardblacklaw.com.


July 11, 2014

A Deadly Disaster: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Asbestos

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Terms like asbestos cancer and mesothelioma often incite a state of distress. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you may be – like many – plagued with questions. Should you call an asbestos cancer lawyer? What is the outcome of a typical NC mesothelioma lawsuit? Do you even have reason to worry? If these are the thoughts that keep you awake at night, you’re not alone. Millions have been affected by asbestos and concern continues to grow. Here are eight things you need to know:


September 24, 2013

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Posted By: Ward Black Law

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September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. While many people know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, few individuals know someone diagnosed with mesothelioma. Nevertheless, according to the American Cancer Society, roughly 3,000 people are diagnosed with this rare and aggressive form of cancer each year.


September 3, 2013

Asbestos Exposure: Who Will Pay the Piper?

Posted By: Ward Black Law

ResizedImage284423-iStock000011672904XSmallA $1 billion debate is happening in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

Garlock Sealing Technologies is a global manufacturer of products known to contain asbestos. The dispute, occurring in federal bankruptcy court, is whether or not Garlock should continue to be held accountable for asbestos-related claims that will likely total $1.3 billion in the next few years.


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