Asbestos Mesothelioma Injury Claim Lawyer in Canada
ASBESTOS EXPOSURE IS KNOWN TO BE DEADLY
Deadly Asbestos Fibers
Attention Canadian Asbestos Victims and family members: Compensation for those who suffer and the families of those who have died in recent years from serious asbestos related diseases from asbestos exposure is available to our clients in Canada. Some Canadians are eligible for provincial Workers Compensation benefits and except in Alberta have a choice on whether to accept it or make a claim with a lawyer potentially for greater compensation. You have probably seen plenty of confusing Asbestos Cancer and Mesothelioma ads from lawyers in the US promising big compensation if you call their toll free numbers. When you do call they often do not understand your situation or you may not even get through because many US toll free numbers can not be reached from Canada. If you are in Canada, you do not need to hire a lawyer in the USA to make a claim. You can have a Canadian lawyer represent you to make a claim for compensation for asbestos related diseases and get the same compensation and probably more. A Canadian lawyer can investigate your situation and advise you on your choices including Workers Compensation. The US lawyers have very little information about Canadian work sites known for asbestos and generally do not try as hard to get compensation for Canadian clients. A Canadian lawyer who works on asbestos case can do the investigation needed to get compensation from the most sources. There are very few lawyers in Canada who do handle these claims and for our firm it is now the largest part of our work. We check carefully on each claim to find as many asbestos exposure sources as we can to maximize the available compensation. We cross reference claims from our own data base of Canadian asbestos hot spots.
Miskin Law Offices in Ontario represents clients all across Canada in making claims to American asbestos trusts. This is not a lawsuit and you do not go to court to get compensation. They are essentially applications for compensation to Bankruptcy funds set up when almost all makers of asbestos products were put out of business by the many claims made against them based on serious harm caused by their products. Applications for our clients are made to many different asbestos trusts and our clients get compensation from multiple sources. We are familiar with Canadian law and workplaces. We understand how the Canadian system works and have many advantages in representing Canadian clients. We are familiar from case experience with Canadian asbestos use history and where known asbestos hazards exist. Exposure to asbestos gives rise to a claim if the person exposed becomes ill from it even many years later. The asbestos trusts are all based in the United States and we usually work with American lawyers to advance our cases with a contingency fee split between our firm and the US law firm. The American lawyers we work with put the claims forward to the asbestos trusts. Our clients do not pay more to have Canadian representation and applicable GST/HST is included in our percentage of the contingency fee. If the American lawyers can not help you we do not just give up. We investigate further. If at the end of our investigation of your claim we conclude that we can not help you there is no charge to you for our services.
THE DANGERS OF ASBESTOS: We are working to build awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the specific disease of Mesothelioma through our website Asbestos Facts Canada . Asbestos is a mineral that has been used as an insulating and fireproofing material for many years in a great number of products and in many buildings. It is still present in many older buildings such as hospitals and schools and is safe if encapsulated and poses a serious hazard if it is disturbed. It has been mined in various parts of the world including Quebec where there is a Town called Asbestos. In the September 4, 2012 election the Quebec Liberal Government of Jean Charest which promised a loan to reopen the asbestos mine was defeated by the Parti Quebecois which opposed asbestos. Federal Government support for continued asbestos mining and exporting asbestos to the world has been a very controversial issue. Since the Quebec election the loan to the mine has been cancelled so it will not reopen and Federal Government support for the asbestos industry is fading. The use of asbestos is banned in Canada and most developed countries. Let your Federal Member of Parliament know how you feel about Canada exporting this deadly substance. Here is a link to an Operation Maple video about Canada’s export of asbestos including an interview with Murray Miskin:Asbestos Mesothelioma
Murray Miskin in Asbestos Mesothelioma Video
It has been known for many years that asbestos is dangerous to the health of people exposed to it especially when fibers are inhaled and get into the lungs. it can stay in the lungs for many years without a person knowing it is there. There are serious long term consequences of exposure to asbestos. Some of the most serious ones have only recently started to commonly appear. Mesothelioma was once considered a rare condition but sadly it has now become very common. The diseases include asbestosis, certain forms of lung cancer and the condition of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining (known as the mesothelium) of the lungs or another organ. Mesothelioma can develop 30-50 years after even just a little exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma was thought to be a very rare condition but it is appearing more commonly because it takes a long time to develop and it was not always diagnosed properly in the past. Mesothelioma can only be caused by asbestos and maximum compensation is available for this horrific and generally fatal disease.
The very serious diseases affect people who have worked with asbestos, had loose fibers in their workplace (sometimes from or after asbestos removal) and people who have been exposed by their family members who may have come home from a hard day of work with asbestos on their bodies or their clothes. We have worked on tragic cases where children of parents exposed to asbestos have developed Mesothelioma and can be compensated.
Asbestos Compensation for Canadians is Available
If a loved one has developed one of these conditions in Canada or the USA and is seriously ill or has died due to asbestos exposure it can be proven with medical records and compensation will follow. Doctors should be able to confirm causation by asbestos when the diagnosis is made. A biopsy is most effective. Compensation is available for Canadians from a number of U.S. trusts set up for that purpose. This compensation is only open to people who live in Canada and the United States. To maximize compensation we need to investigate each case and know the source or sources of exposure to asbestos to determine which manufacturers were involved and where claims may be placed. If a person is suffering from Mesothelioma we move quickly to get necessary information and documentation including affidavits to be sworn to maximize compensation. If a person has died from asbestos illness a number of years ago the available claims are limited by the delay in proceeding. Some of the asbestos trusts have longer time limits so it is worth checking if there is a positive diagnosis even if the death was long ago.
We do not handle claims related to removal of asbestos from homes or other properties nor do we sue employers for asbestos exposure or illness. We also do not take on cases involving fear of possible asbestos illness. We only handle cases involving people who have serious asbestos illness. Having “asbestos on the lungs” may entitle a person to very small compensation but more importantly it means they are at risk for serious disease and should be monitored by their doctors regularly.
Contact Miskin Law Offices
Contact the Miskin Law Offices in Ontario for information on making a claim for asbestos related diseases. Email email@example.com or call 416-492-0989 from the Toronto area or toll free 877-428-8000 from elsewhere in Canada. You can have us as your lawyers here in Canada and get compensation from the trusts set up to pay claims on behalf of the former asbestos manufacturers in the United States. Again we will investigate your possible claim with no cost on your part. If we can get you compensation our fees and expenses are fully paid from the compensation you receive.
We are working closely in partnership with experienced reputable lawyers from the Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia to ensure that Canadians get fair compensation equal to what is available to Americans payable in US dollars (which is no longer to our advantage). Usually, we work hard to determine the source of asbestos exposure to maximize the available compensation funds. If we can prove a particular company’s products were used we can get compensation from the applicable trust (again it is not a lawsuit and you do not go to court). Many people have no idea where they were exposed or do know but know little about the specific asbestos products. There has to be significant illness diagnosed, not just fear of future illness to make a successful claim. Cases are handled with contingency fee agreements which include a one third fee shared by the lawyers involved on your behalf. That means you pay nothing until and unless money is received for your claims. Settlements are in US dollars, which vary in value when converted to Canadian dollars. We include the tax in our share of the one third contingency fee so you will not pay any additional PST, GST or HST on a settlement.
Often we can get clients compensation from more than one trust fund. We make sure to try all relevant asbestos trusts to maximize compensation. Eligibility for multiple trust compensation is dependent on the source of the asbestos exposure. The more details you have on the source of asbestos and specific asbestos products and dates of exposure the more sources of compensation there are. We are seeing some large cheques come in for our clients and faster processing of claims. If you are not eligible for Worker’s Compensation we can get you compensation so long as we can prove asbestos to be the cause of an illness or if there is a Mesothelioma diagnosis. With confirmed Mesothelioma, that is not a problem. The right to bring a claim may be taken away by receipt of or application for Workers Compensation Benefits so do let us know details of any WCB, Work Safe or WSIB claims made when you first contact us. DO NOT APPLY FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR MESOTHELIOMA UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD LEGAL ADVICE. The Boards have brought U.S. claims for a number of Canadians through American law firms and where that is done we can not bring a claim. Sometimes we need consent from the Workers Compensation Board or from the employer who in some situations pays the benefits, before we can proceed. Compensation Boards keep all of the money that they recover from U.S. claims as reimbursement for what they paid to the injured worker and only pay the worker or their family the excess amount if there is any. Workers Compensation pays a contingency fee to the lawyers they use and also charges its own administrative fee from money it recovers. There is rarely if ever money that they will pay to the worker or the worker’s family from the asbestos trusts. We are consulting with the Compensation Boards in different provinces to ensure that our clients actually receive maximum compensation from all sources. In some Provinces Workers’ Compensation Boards have allowed us to proceed directly for clients with claims to the asbestos funds where the Boards have rights to make those claims. Persons entitled to benefits from Alberta Workers Compensation do not have any right to make a separate claim for compensation. In Ontario we are claiming on behalf of families of victims and on behalf of School Boards with respect to illness from asbestos exposure in schools.
Murray Miskin has been a lawyer in Ontario practicing personal injury law for over 30 years and has worked on national and international injury claims. Our experience gives us an edge in representing Canadians on asbestos claims. Murray Miskin has been familiar with asbestos and asbestos products since childhood as his father Nat Miskin was a Toronto plumber who worked with asbestos. Murray’s first work with Canadian asbestos injury claims was in 1979 at the Phelan, O’Brien law firm in Toronto as soon as he finished law school. We are settling many asbestos claims now and getting compensation for our clients. These are not lawsuits in court but are applications to compensation funds done with paper work and no personal appearances by clients. We will treat you and your family with compassion and respect and get you results without added stress or work on your part. If you have documentation of the medical condition and information on the source of asbestos exposure (especially type of asbestos product) that helps us get results more quickly. There is no advance fee or financial retainer required and there is no risk to the client. The lawyers are only paid from the funds collected with a regulated contingency fee from the recovery split between the lawyers working on the claim.
You may call our office at a local number or toll free nationally at 1-877-428-8000 and speak with Anna at Extension 118, or Murray at Extension 111 about your situation. For a speedy response seven days a week email details to Murray Miskin directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the 1870s the mineral asbestos was mined in Quebec and Canadian asbestos mining used to be considered one of our country’s greatest natural resources and sources of wealth. Nobody had heard of Asbestosis or Mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure. Asbestos was seen as one of the greatest substances known to man. Asbestos is virtually indestructible, it is a most effective fireproofer and insulator with many practical uses. Asbestos uses have included artificial snow for Christmas decoration and for movies like 1939′s The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland, and Holiday Inn, which in 1942 introduced the song White Christmas. Regular asbestos use was common across Canada in covering pipes, electrical wiring, insulation, floor tiles, children’s toys, kitchen equipment, blankets, curtains, bricks, cement, gaskets, fireman’s suits, auto brake linings, lawn furniture and even filters for cigarettes. Asbestos use and fire safety were almost synonymous words. Regular daily asbestos exposure was a fact for most Canadians.
There has been Asbestos use by people in cookware and in clothing for over 4,000 years. The word asbestos comes from a Greek word meaning “unquenchable” or “inextinguishable”. Charlemagne, the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was known to have an asbestos tablecloth in about the year 800. When Marco Polo visited Siberia in his travels during the 13th Century, he was presented with asbestos clothing which he was first told was made from special wool from a magical lizard (salamander). Its qualities were considered magical. Marco Polo eventually did learn that asbestos actually came from the ground. Like spices and pasta the mineral asbestos was brought back by Marco Polo and introduced to Europe where asbestos exposure and use became common. Asbestos use became more common for industry in the 1800s. As Canada developed, asbestos was discovered and asbestos mining developed into a major Quebec industry.
Long before anyone knew of the potential for extracting large quantities of oil from the bitumen of the Alberta tar sands, the magical mineral asbestos was viewed as one of Canada’s greatest assets. “These enormous asbestos deposits in the province of Quebec are immensely valuable to Canada in war and peace, and they form a very important part of our great heritage of mineral wealth,” said CBC Radio’s Lorne Greene in 1942, on-site at the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Quebec. But far worse than today’s oil from sand, which has a huge environmental price attached to it, the more easily mined asbestos comes with a deadly impact on miners, people who work with it and people simply exposed to asbestos in everyday life. Asbestos mining has advanced with protection for the miners. The asbestos exposure danger is greatest from breathing in asbestos fibers. The fibers remain in the body indestructible and for many people slowly causing serious diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
In ancient days there was some suspicion of ill effects from asbestos use as it was noted that the slaves who wove asbestos into clothing became ill and had breathing difficulty. They were the symptoms of asbestosis. The connection to asbestos exposure was noted but not a concern since the weavers were slaves and easily replaced. It was not until 1906 that the first human was diagnosed as having died as a result of asbestos exposure. Researchers began to investigate respiratory health problems in asbestos mining towns and it became clear asbestos exposure was the culprit. Conditions such as asbestosis where long term asbestos exposure causes severe respiratory disease became known in the early 1900s with the first official asbestosis death noted in medical journals in 1924. Mine owners and other business users of asbestos did all they could to suppress knowledge of the danger of asbestos. The horrible condition of Mesothelioma which is a deadly and painful cancer of the lining of the lungs was discovered in the 1920s but not linked to asbestos until the 1940s. Mesothelioma can only be caused by asbestos exposure. By the 1970s awareness and fear of asbestos related diseases led to asbestos use being regulated and phased out. There were strikes in the mines due to safety concerns. Lawsuits began which eventually put most mines out of operation and most asbestos product manufacturers into bankruptcy. Asbestos mining is now a very small industry in Canada but asbestos mining continues to get strong support from the Quebec Government in its attempts to support the asbestos mining industry.
Canada continued asbestos mining and export even though asbestos use is banned in Canada and most developed countries. Canadian asbestos is now killing people all over the world with support for the asbestos mining industry from both the Federal and Quebec Governments despite growing opposition to it by Canadians. The Government of Canada has helped prevent a world ban on asbestos and it’s support for the Canadian asbestos industry is a major political issue today. Please view Operation Maple’s video regarding Canada exporting asbestos featuring an interview with Murray Miskin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEgwgfVmv7g
More and more Canadians are finding they have Mesothelioma or other serious cancers and other conditions (asbestosis, pleural plaques) caused by exposure to asbestos and asbestos use which may have been many years ago. The Miskin law firm represents Canadian asbestos victims and their families in getting compensation for Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and other diseases. We work to promote awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure. There is compensation for some people for asbestosis and mesothelioma through Workers Compensation, and we bring claims to asbestos trusts set up to pay claims for asbestos victims from the assets of the asbestos product companies. The greatest compensation is for victims of mesothelioma. Miskin law offices are the leading mesothelioma lawyers in Canada. Call our office or Email email@example.com if you or a family member believe you have a claim.
We now have a new informational website where we provide more asbestos facts related to Canada along with links to many asbestos and mesothelioma related resources and organizations. It is www.asbestosfacts.ca
We encourage you to learn more and join the battle to protect Canadians from asbestos and to protect the world from Canadian asbestos exports.
The Miskin Law Office prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney for individuals in Ontario, Canada. If you live in another jurisdiction your Will should be prepared by a lawyer in that jurisdiction. We draft the Will after a first personal meeting with a lawyer and the client to assess a client’s situation and needs in order to best meet the individual requirements and wishes of the client. The purpose is to simplify future estate issues to ensure a smooth transition of assets which will reduce the need for future legal services and also plan for reducing taxes payable after death. We encourage clients to prepare wills that do not lead to family disputes which can ruin relationships and cost a lot of money. Where there already is an estate dispute we work with clients to resolve the issues sensibly and avoid costly court proceedings. If there is a dispute mediation is a big part of our services and Murray Miskin conducts mediations and also represent clients in Estate Mediation. Murray Miskin also acts as arbitrator in estate disputes. Estate litigation can be very costly and time consuming and we usually refer complex or unresolvable disputes to lawyers who specialize in such litigation. The best thing is to avoid disputes with properly prepared legal documents. A Will is a document that you can sign with your binding instructions as to who will receive your assets after your death. It names an Estate Trustee (formerly known as Executor) whose responsibility after your death is to manage the estate in accordance with your wishes. You may also propose guardians for your underage children and indicate preferred funeral arrangements in your will. We often prepare specialized wills for people who have children with disabilities or special needs. Until your death the will may be revoked or changed so long as you are mentally competent. Minor changes can be done by Codicils which cost less than a new will. Wills should be redone immediately on a marriage break up. If you do not have a valid will the law determines what happens to your estate without consideration of your preferences. This may be fine for many families where there are no common law relationships. If you are living common law or there are children of prior relationships involved it would be wise to obtain legal advice immediately. A Power of Attorney for property is a document you can sign which gives power only in your lifetime over your assets to another person whom you may designate. That authority may be set up to be effective any time or only if you become incapacitated. It may be restricted to dealing with or not dealing with certain matters. You may have more than one person designated so both or either may sign for you. You may name alternates and specify whether the attorney has a right to be paid for what they do. It does not take away your own rights to sign on your own behalf. A Power of Attorney is a critical document to have should you ever become totally incapacitated or suffer a loss of mental competence. A Power of Attorney expires on your death.
You may also sign a separate Power of Attorney for Personal Care where you authorize another person (again with an alternate) to make health care choices for you when you are unable to do so yourself. This is sometimes called a Living Will. In it you may state your preferences on treatment issues and life support questions. Many people who want these documents prepared have strong opinions on the possible choices their doctors and family members will have should they become sick to the point where they may have no hope of recovery and may become a burden on others. Some people do not want their next of kin to decide what to do but instead they may have a close friend they wish to involve in decisions. You may also name a doctor or type of doctor you wish to have assess you and give advice when critical decisions must be made.
We strongly emphasize the need to use a lawyer to prepare any of the above document to ensure it is valid and does what you want it to do. Cheap Will kits are available but pose a serious danger, in that, what you prepare will be invalid unless properly done following strict legal requirements. For the money you save doing it by yourself it is not worth the risk. In preparing these documents we always have a lawyer meet with you for as long as necessary to advise you and take careful instructions to make sure the document prepared is what you want it to be. We generally bill and expect full or partial payment by cash, cheque, Interac or credit card at the first meeting. It is important to have a fully qualified and experienced lawyer discuss your intentions with you to ensure that the will is done properly. We do not believe it is sufficient to give instructions to a member of the lawyer’s staff in a meeting or by phone. It is important that the lawyer assess capacity issues at a meeting to prevent future disputes of wills. We sometimes require clients to get a doctor’s note on capacity ahead of signing a will. At a later meeting the documents are signed in accordance with Ontario legal requirements with the lawyer present to oversee, explain the document and discuss any last minute changes. In cases of complicated wills with unusual provisions or special requirements due to personal circumstances we may charge extra and we will let you know and decide how to proceed at our no cost or obligation meeting in advance of actual will preparation.
Our usual fees (including basic planning for the estate and including disbursements) are set out below with 13% HST added to any fee: Wills: one will $250, a pair for $400
Codicils (Will Changes): fee for one is $100, $150 for a pair
Power of Attorney: one document of each type is $150, a pair of each type are $250
The above fees are discounted when multiple documents are prepared. Clients pay the fee on a first meeting to discuss wills and then the documents are reviewed and signed on a second visit. We usually store the original signed Will and give clients 2 copies. For Powers of Attorney we usually make 3 originals and the client keeps 2 and we hold the 3rd. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET YOUR WILL DONE SOON. NOBODY KNOWS WHEN THEIR WILL IS GOING TO BE NEEDED OR WHEN THEY MAY LOSE CAPACITY TO SIGN A WILL OR POWER OF ATTORNEY.
Some clients require personalized estate planning for their special situations. We may recommend that you establish a Trust to deal with your situation. We may refer you to accountants or other experts to help with planning. This will cost extra but probably save later costs in taxes paid by the estate and provide more structured plans for your family and future generations to preserve wealth. We can assist you with up to date information about recent changes in tax structures. Please call and make an appointment for Estate Planning. The first meeting is free and with no obligation.Plan carefully for the next generation.
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Murray Miskin teaches a course in Toronto to train people to be arbitrators. The next courses will be the weeks of June 17 and October 28,2013. Lawyers taking the course get all the Professional Development credits they require for 2013. Everyone who takes the course receives a Certificate from the ADR Institute of Ontario and is qualified for Arbitrator membership in the Institute and Q. Arb certification. Full details and registration is available from Miskin Law Office and at our website: www.adrworks.ca