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  • Fractured, broken, and crushed bones
  • Deep lacerations and cuts that might leave permanent scars
  • Road rash if drivers or passengers are thrown from a motor vehicle
  • Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries that might lead to temporary or permanent paralysis
  • Head injuries which might include blunt force trauma or sudden jarring that leads to traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Organ damage and severe internal bleeding, often caused by broken ribs or vehicle parts that puncture an organ
  • Amputations
  • Severe burns if a fire or explosion occurs
  • Death

Different types of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Our 18-wheeler accident lawyer represents people in Galveston Country, Texas, of all types of 18-wheeler accident, injuries, and wrongful death claims, including:

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  • Drunk 18-wheeler driver and DUI 18-wheeler accidents
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) violations
  • Untrained, unlicensed 18-wheeler drivers
  • Improper 18-wheeler maintenance
  • Unsafe loads
  • Jackknife accidents

Different types of 18-Wheeler Accidents

​18-wheeler drivers, 18-wheeler companies, insurance carriers, or any other party named as a defendant in an 18-wheeler accident injury suit will often go the extra mile to avoid paying damages. Insurance companies will try to deny claims on technicalities, downplay injuries, or claim that victims didn’t sustain their injuries in the 18-wheeler accident. As a result, we track down witnesses, obtain security tapes, police records, depose law enforcement officials, and work with investigators and other professionals to recreate accident scenes and locate involved parties. We understand the physical, mental, and financial struggles that a severe 18-wheeler accident injury might bring to victims and their families, so we offer free consultations to discuss your case.

Parts to Be Inspected On An 18 Wheeler

Companies have an obligation to provide their drivers with a commercial 18 wheeler that is in a proper working order, and drivers are expected to routinely inspect the vehicle and their loads to ensure safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations require 18-wheeler drivers to inspect their vehicles prior to driving for the following issues:

  • Lighting devices and reflectors
  • Steering mechanism
  • Rear-vision mirrors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Parking brake
  • Tires
  • Horn
  • Coupling devices
  • Service brakes

At the end of a trip, drivers must re-examine these items, as well as the wheels, tires and emergency equipment. Any defects must be noted in the post-trip inspection report and promptly corrected by the 18-wheeler company owner. When unsafe equipment was a factor that caused your injuries, our lawyer will work to discover the lapse in protocol that allowed the defect to go unnoticed or unaddressed.

​18 Wheeler Driver Fatigue

​​Companies often pay by the mile or the load, so drivers of 18 wheelers may drive to cover their routes quickly and unsafely. This aspect of trucking industry policy encourages dangerously excessive hours behind the wheel. Work hours are defined as on-duty time, which includes driving, loading and conducting maintenance—working with the semi-truck in any way.

Federal law establishes Hours-of-Service regulations for drivers of large 18 wheelers.

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Companies often pay by the mile or the load, so drivers of 18 wheelers may drive to cover their routes quickly and unsafely. This aspect of trucking industry policy encourages dangerously excessive hours behind the wheel. Work hours are defined as on-duty time, which includes driving, loading and conducting maintenance—working with the semi-truck in any way.
14-hour duty limit (10 hours of rest after 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time)
11-hour driving limit (10 hours of rest after 11 total driving hours)
60/70-hour duty limit (maximum of 60 on-duty hours in seven days or 70 on-duty hours in eight days)
Drivers who feel pressured to fulfill their company’s shipping goals may choose to disregard these federal limits. When our 18-wheeler injury attorney at the Pascoe Law Firm suspect that driver fatigue contributed to a 18 wheeler accident, we look for evidence of:

  • Missing logbooks
  • Falsified logbook entries
  • Tampering with automated log systems

Our attorney works swiftly to examine the driver log books, as they are only required to be kept for six months. When we find that an 18 wheeler driver has exceeded the Hours-of-Service limits or misrepresented work hours in any way, we aggressively pursue compensation for injuries caused by the 18 wheeler accident.

18 Wheeler Accident Checklist

​Individuals who have suffered personal injury due to an 18 wheeler accident in Galveston Country ​or in other areas of Texas have a right to litigate for damages. To assure the best chances of maximum compensation for Texas 18 wheeler accidents, it is worthwhile to follow several simple steps following the accident. An accident checklist will minimize the risk of lessened compensation. At Pascoe Law Firm, we can answer any questions you may have with regard to 18 wheeler accidents

Attend to medical needs– Health is always of primary importance, and if needed, assures that immediate health needs are met. Contact 911 if needed, and assure maximum safety by moving away from a dangerous situation. If possible, record the time and the location of the accident, the 911 contact and any other details for your immediate care.Record driver information– Record as much information as you can from the 18 wheeler driver, including name, license, insurance, 18 wheeler registration, company worked for, and any other relevant data.

Record witness information– if there were any witnesses to the event, record their names and contact information.

Take pictures and other records– If you can, write a summary of the events that happened. Take pictures of your damaged vehicle, the 18 wheeler, points of impact, damaged surrounding material and more.

Be careful with 18 wheeler claim adjusters– 18 wheeler companies frequently dispatch an adjuster following 18 wheeler accidents. They take pictures, records, statements etc. to help in the 18 wheeler company’s defense. Do not talk with the adjuster regarding the accident or the events leading up to it – explain that you will seek legal counsel and the adjuster can talk to them.

Obtain records of medical attention– when you get medical attention, make sure you do so from a qualified physician. Make sure the physician records all symptoms and provides you with a full report of injuries, related as clearly as possible to the effects of the 18 wheeler accident.

Engage the services of aGalveston CountryTexas 18 wheeler accident attorney– the process of receiving fair compensation for the personal injury you suffered due to the 18 wheeler accident can be complex and difficult. Utilize the services of an Texas 18 wheeler accident attorney to assure that the right steps are taken and followed to enable the receipt of the maximum possible compensation for your personal injury.

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Contact An Experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer RepresentingGalveston Country, Texas

If you or someone in your family has been involved in an 18-wheeler crash in Galveston Country, TX, get experienced legal help. The Pascoe Law Firm’s 18-wheeler accident attorney experienced at litigating 18-wheeler cases. We start by filing your claim against the insurance companies and send out a preservation letter to the companies involved. We fight to protect your legal rights following an 18-wheeler wreck. Fighting for your rights will mean using every resource to investigate and prepare your case. At the Pascoe Law Firm, you have experience and resources on your side to represent you in Galveston Country.

An 18-wheeler accident might require ample time for healing. During this difficult time, let an experienced attorney handle the details of the case, investigate your accident, gather relevant documents and records, and contact potential witnesses. If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you need a skilled attorney who has experience and knowledge to litigate and handle the challenges that come with these cases. A Pascoe Law 18-wheeler accident lawyer will fight to defend your legal rights, if you were injured due to 18-wheeler negligence. Call our experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer representing people in ​​Galveston, Texas at713-829-4317or to learn about how we can help you visit our main18-wheelerpage for more information.

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FAQs

Is mesothelioma curable if detected early enough? ›

Surgeons work to remove mesothelioma when it's diagnosed at an early stage. In some cases this may cure the cancer. Most of the time, it isn't possible to remove all of the cancer. In this situation, surgery may help to reduce the signs and symptoms caused by mesothelioma spreading in your body.

How much asbestos exposure do you need for mesothelioma? ›

There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Even one-time asbestos exposure can lead to asbestos-related diseases such as pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma.

What are the odds of beating mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

Is there any hope for mesothelioma? ›

There is currently no cure for mesothelioma cancer. However, patients may achieve long-term remission and increased life expectancy with treatment. Researchers continue to study conventional and new treatments to improve survival for patients.

How do you slow down mesothelioma? ›

chemotherapy – this is the main treatment for mesothelioma and involves using medicine to help shrink the cancer. radiotherapy – this involves using high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells; it may be used to slow the cancer down and keep it under control.

Can mesothelioma go into remission? ›

Can Mesothelioma Go Into Remission? Yes. Although it is rare, many malignant mesothelioma patients have achieved long-term remission despite being given a poor health outlook (prognosis) at first. Remission is a term doctors use to describe how much a patient's cancer symptoms have decreased or disappeared.

Can one time asbestos exposure hurt you? ›

One-time asbestos exposure generally is not a serious risk, except in extreme circumstances where toxic dust clouds the air. Asbestos-related diseases are usually caused by months or years of regular workplace exposure.

Can a small amount of asbestos cause mesothelioma? ›

Dose-related means the more asbestos you breathe, the more likely you are to get sick. The one asbestos disease that is different is mesothelioma. Very small amounts of asbestos can give you mesothelioma. Asbestos workers' families have gotten mesothelioma from the dust the workers brought home on their clothes.

What happens if you breathe a little asbestos? ›

Most people do not develop serious or life-threatening lung disease as a result of exposure to asbestos. However, you should always seek medical advice if you have symptoms like coughing, feeling short of breath or chest pain. Talk to your GP about: any past or present jobs with an asbestos risk.

Is mesothelioma always terminal? ›

Mesothelioma is a fatal disease. Even if caught early, mesothelioma is currently not curable. In very rare cases, mesothelioma can go into remission partially, meaning the cancer is still present but not active. Treatment options are available to extend a patient's life and make side effects more manageable.

Does everyone with mesothelioma get a settlement? ›

Most lawsuits are resolved with a mesothelioma settlement since they are less time-consuming and risky than a trial. If the court finds the defendant not guilty, you will not win any compensation at all. Your asbestos attorney will try to negotiate settlements with each manufacturer named in the lawsuit.

Can removing a lung cure mesothelioma? ›

In the case of lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma, it is hoped that performing a pneumonectomy will prevent the spread of malignant cells to other sites in the body and hopefully cure or, at least locally, control the disease. Watch: Karen Selby, RN describes the extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) procedure.

Does chemo shrink mesothelioma? ›

Chemotherapy can also help to shrink or control advanced pleural mesothelioma for some time. This helps some people to live longer. You will have to be fit enough to cope with the side effects to have this treatment. You should talk this over with your cancer specialist.

Can you live for years with mesothelioma? ›

45 out of 100 people (45%) survive their mesothelioma for 1 year or more after diagnosis. more than 5 out of 100 people (more than 5%) survive their mesothelioma for 5 year or more after diagnosis.

Does chemo help mesothelioma? ›

If mesothelioma can be treated with surgery, chemo may be given first (before surgery) to try to shrink the cancer and lower the risk that it will spread. This is called neoadjuvant therapy. Chemo can also be given after surgery to try to kill any cancer cells that were left behind.

What foods are good for mesothelioma? ›

Most mesothelioma patients need to increase protein intake and decrease whole grains. Protein can help boost your immune system and rebuild tissues damaged by mesothelioma. High-protein foods include chicken, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, and cheese. Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet.

How quickly does mesothelioma progress? ›

Mesothelioma may progress quickly once diagnosed, but symptoms can take years to develop. Mesothelioma has a long latency period. It may take 10 to 50 years before symptoms present. Many factors can impact the latency period, such as age at first exposure to asbestos.

Does mesothelioma spread quickly? ›

Mesothelioma tends to spread (metastasize) fairly quickly. Because of this, many experts consider mesothelioma to be an aggressive form of cancer. Numerous factors can affect how quickly mesothelioma progresses and the areas of the body to which it spreads.

Who is the longest survivor of mesothelioma? ›

Read Survivor Stories
  • Jodi Page. Pleural Mesothelioma survivor for 19 years.
  • Paul Kraus. Peritoneal Mesothelioma survivor for 22 years.
  • Alexis Kidd. Peritoneal Mesothelioma survivor for 14 years.

What is the life expectancy after mesothelioma diagnosis? ›

Only a small number of people are diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma. Epithelioid cell subtype mesothelioma has a better prognosis than other cell subtypes.
...
Survival by location, stage and cell subtype of mesothelioma.
StageMedian survival
121 to 51 months
219 to 26 months
315 to 16 months
48 to 12 months

How long can you live with stage 1 mesothelioma? ›

Stage 1 patients have a better prognosis compared to patients diagnosed at other stages of mesothelioma. Approximately 41%-46% of stage 1 mesothelioma patients survive two years, and 18% survive five years. For comparison, stage 4 patients usually live around one year, and 7% survive five years.

Do N95 masks protect against asbestos? ›

A: An N95 mask is a disposable filtering facepiece respirator with two straps. When worn properly (with the mask making a tight seal with the user's face), it can protect against hazardous airborne particles. N95 masks do not protect against gases, vapors and cannot be used for asbestos, and they do not provide oxygen.

Do we breathe in asbestos every day? ›

We are all exposed to low levels of asbestos in the air we breathe every day. Ambient or background air usually contains between 10 and 200 fibres for every 1,000 litres (or cubic metre) of air. Whether a person goes on to develop an asbestos-related disease depends on a range of circumstances or exposure factors.

What to do if asbestos is found? ›

If during your work you discover materials which you believe to be asbestos stop work immediately. Put up a warning sign and ensure nobody enters the area. Report the problem to whoever is in charge and arrange to have a sample of the material analysed.

How long can you live with asbestosis? ›

Can You Live with Asbestosis? Yes, you can live with asbestosis for years, but there is no cure for this progressive condition. Patients live an average of 10 years with asbestosis. Lung transplantation is the best long-term treatment for asbestosis, but few patients qualify for this serious procedure.

Can a blood test detect asbestos? ›

The answer is yes and no. A new blood test has the potential to detect mesothelioma a decade before patients exhibit any symptoms. However, it cannot detect mere asbestos exposure. In fact, some individuals who have been exposed to asbestos never develop the malignant cancer, while others do.

Is mesothelioma a painful death? ›

Palliative Care and Mesothelioma

Palliative treatment can alleviate pain, reduce symptoms and, if started early enough, extend a patient's life expectancy. Mesothelioma patients often suffer from significant pain, muscle weakness and difficulty breathing in the end stages of the disease.

Is mesothelioma a death sentence? ›

Q: Is Mesothelioma a Death Sentence? A: Mesothelioma has a poor prognosis; most people die within two years of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, even if they undergo surgery. Only 7.5% of patients survive for five or more years after their mesothelioma diagnosis.

Is mesothelioma worse than asbestosis? ›

Prognosis and life expectancy also differ between asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma cancer treatment is challenging, and only 23% of patients survive for three or more years. Asbestosis is a chronic respiratory condition and, although also incurable, treatment can prolong survival for several decades.

What is the average mesothelioma payout? ›

Mesothelioma Award Statistics

The average mesothelioma settlement amount is between $1 million and $1.4 million, according to recent reports. The average mesothelioma trial verdict award is around $2.4 million.

How much is a mesothelioma case worth? ›

The average mesothelioma case value is between $1 million and $1.4 million for legal settlements and between $5 million and $11.4 million for trial verdicts, according to recent Mealey's® Litigation Reports. These values vary widely because there are multiple ways to receive financial compensation for mesothelioma.

What is the most money awarded in a lawsuit? ›

Technically, the case against big tobacco was the biggest personal injury settlement in U.S. history although it wasn't a single person or family suing the companies. Forty-six states worked together to sue tobacco manufacturers, and they came away with a $246 billion settlement.

Can lungs clean out asbestos? ›

Can asbestos be removed from the lungs? No known method exists to remove asbestos fibers from the lungs once they are inhaled. Some types of asbestos are cleared naturally by the lungs or break down in the lungs.

Does oxygen help mesothelioma? ›

Researchers are continuing to study how useful hyperbaric oxygen can be for cancer patients, including those with mesothelioma; so far results are promising. In addition to helping patients heal and relieving side effects, this procedure can make chemotherapy and radiation treatments more effective.

Is Stage 3 mesothelioma curable? ›

Can Stage 3 Mesothelioma Be Cured? There is currently no cure for mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma patients diagnosed at stage 3 typically have a less favorable prognosis than those diagnosed at earlier stages. However, doctors are evaluating new and existing treatments to extend patient life expectancy.

What is the latest treatment for mesothelioma? ›

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) represent a relatively new treatment option for mesothelioma patients. TTFields use mild electrical currents to interrupt the growth of cancer cells. This interruption may slow or stop mesothelioma tumor growth.

How do you care for someone with mesothelioma? ›

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  1. Create a Support Team.
  2. Focus on Pulmonary Care.
  3. Consider All Treatment Options.
  4. Reduce Side Effects of Treatment.
  5. Consider Emotional Health.

What is the average age of mesothelioma patients? ›

Mesotheliomas are much more common in older people than younger people. The average age at the time of diagnosis for pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma in the chest) is 72.

Can people survive asbestosis? ›

There is no cure for asbestosis, as the damage to the lungs is irreversible. However, you can take steps to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

How do you feel with mesothelioma? ›

Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) symptoms
  1. Pain in the side of the chest or lower back.
  2. Shortness of breath.
  3. Cough.
  4. Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  5. Hoarseness.
  6. Swelling of the face and arms.
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How many people have survived mesothelioma? ›

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival Rate
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival Rates With Treatment
1-year survival rate92%
3-year survival rate74%
5-year survival rate65%
10-year survival rate39%

What is the best prognosis for mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

How long can you live with untreated mesothelioma? ›

The mesothelioma life expectancy without treatment for a late-stage patient is approximately six to eight months. Patients diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma may live one to two years. Factors such as the cancer's stage, treatment, cell type and the patient's overall health impact mesothelioma life expectancy.

Can you be misdiagnosed with mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma can be misdiagnosed because it can resemble other forms of cancer. For example, pleural mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs, but other types of cancer can develop close by or spread from other parts of the body.

Is there an early test for mesothelioma? ›

For people who are known to have been exposed to asbestos, some doctors recommend regular imaging tests, like chest x-rays or computed tomography (CT) scans, to look for changes in the lungs that might be signs of mesothelioma or lung cancer.

How fast does mesothelioma progress? ›

Mesothelioma may progress quickly once diagnosed, but symptoms can take years to develop. Mesothelioma has a long latency period. It may take 10 to 50 years before symptoms present. Many factors can impact the latency period, such as age at first exposure to asbestos.

Does a chest xray show mesothelioma? ›

Chest X Ray is the initial screening test for the mesothelioma like all other the chest diseases. But computed tomography (CT) is the imaging technique of choice for charactering pleural masses.

How often is mesothelioma misdiagnosed? ›

The researchers analyzed how often a misdiagnosis occurred for each stage: 80.8% of stage 1 mesothelioma diagnoses were incorrect and later “upstaged” to a more-advanced stage. 69.5% of stage 2 mesothelioma cases were misdiagnosed. 35.4% of stage 3 mesothelioma diagnoses were inaccurate.

What is the longest someone has lived with mesothelioma? ›

What is the longest someone has lived with mesothelioma? Diagnosed in 1997 at age 52, Paul Kraus is currently the longest-living mesothelioma survivor in the world. He believes he experienced asbestos exposure working in a factory as a student in Australia.

What is death like with mesothelioma? ›

You may find that your loved one is less alert, confused, or restless. They may pull at bed covers or have visions of people and places that are not present. As death nears they may be more withdrawn and want to spend time alone. Allow them to do so as they may be mentally preparing for the end of their life.

Is mesothelioma death painful? ›

Palliative Care and Mesothelioma

Palliative treatment can alleviate pain, reduce symptoms and, if started early enough, extend a patient's life expectancy. Mesothelioma patients often suffer from significant pain, muscle weakness and difficulty breathing in the end stages of the disease.

Is it worth having chemo for mesothelioma? ›

It is possible it may also help people with mesothelioma to live a little longer however chemotherapy cannot cure mesothelioma. Chemotherapy may also be given before or after major surgery for mesothelioma to prevent or delay the recurrence of the cancer cells. This is called adjuvant treatment.

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