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South Carolina Mesothelioma Lawyer

From the late 19th century through much of the 20th century, South Carolina’s economy relied heavily on industries that used asbestos. Numerous companies that profited from asbestos knew it was dangerous but failed to protect workers, and thousands of South Carolinians have prematurely died from asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. If you or one of your family members has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the South Carolina Mesothelioma lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm.

Legally Reviewed By: Megan Waida
Senior Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos

Megan Waida

Legally Reviewed By: Megan Waida
Senior Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos

South Carolinians experienced 44 deaths from mesothelioma in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This reflects a death rate of 0.6 deaths per 100,000 residents. Asbestos Nation observed 663 mesothelioma deaths from 1999 to 2017 and 3,801 deaths from all asbestos-related illnesses. The highest concentration of deaths occurred in Charleston County.

These deaths are inexcusable and could have been prevented if the companies that profited from asbestos had warned workers and the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure. The South Carolina mesothelioma lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm can help you hold them accountable.

Holding Asbestos Companies Accountable for More Than 25 Years

The Lanier Law Firm is one of the most experienced mesothelioma law firms in the world with a remarkable track record of successful results. We have won more than $20 billion for injured individuals.

This includes a recent $1.3 million recovery in a South Carolina case involving a woman exposed to asbestos through the following sources:

  • Cosmetic talc
  • Occupational exposure in South Carolina textile factories
  • Her husband’s work clothes

We care about our clients and will stop at nothing to get results that will truly make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones.

Our law firm defines legal care as a personalized, caring approach combined with skillful representation. The feedback we receive from our clients demonstrates how our approach impacts them:

“I am always treated with the same kindness and respect that my father received. The Lanier Law Firm has gone above and beyond to research every company that had a hand in this horrible cancer! They are making sure that the ones who caused his illness and ultimately his death have had to pay for their crimes. There aren’t enough stars to rate this law firm!” —Kristy Brown

“My mother, my two sisters, and I have benefitted, and continue to benefit, greatly from The Lanier Law Firm’s tenacious quest to seek justice from negligent entities responsible for my father’s illness and untimely death from mesothelioma.” —Mike Mooney

“I would like to thank The Lanier Law Firm for everything they have done for my family. From my father’s first emails to them to after his passing and the resolution of our issue, they were right there with us, caring, attentive, and super professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them!”
—B. Cirelli

Our approach is so effective that our founder Mark Lanier teaches other experienced lawyers how to successfully handle mesothelioma cases. Our attorneys are regularly called upon as featured speakers, and our peers have honored us with numerous awards and designations, including the following:

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year (Mark Lanier)
  • Best Law Firms, Tier I Ranking, by U.S. News & World Report
  • Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdict by Courtroom View Network

How can a South Carolina mesothelioma lawyer help me?

The companies that profited from asbestos during most of the 20th century knew asbestos was a harmful product by the early 1930s. However, they continued to expose workers to large quantities of asbestos daily over extended periods while failing to inform them of the risks.

Extensive evidence has emerged showing that these companies engaged in deliberate coverup conspiracies to protect their profits. While this may seem like a scenario that would make a straightforward case, asbestos cases are far from simple.

Many of the liable companies are wealthy and prefer to use their wealth to pay for the most expensive legal defense money can buy rather than compensate victims. These legal teams resort to every trick in the book to minimize compensation or avoid paying it completely. They employ such tactics as the following:

  • Stall the case in hopes the victim will die or give up
    before a resolution is reached
  • Blame the victim for their illness
  • Blame other sources
  • Deny their culpability
  • Challenge the credibility of expert witnesses
  • Challenge the jurisdiction
  • File a motion for summary judgment

These are just a few tactics asbestos companies employ in their desperate attempt to escape liability. The Lanier Law Firm has been prosecuting mesothelioma cases long enough to have observed nearly every tactic there is, and nothing catches us by surprise. We know how to successfully thwart these tactics. We will also do the following:

  • Spend extensive time with you to obtain a detailed life history so we can identify all parties liable for your exposure
  • File a mesothelioma lawsuit, trust fund claim, and/or workers’ compensation claim as applicable
  • Negotiate a settlement so you can avoid trial
  • If necessary, take your case to trial
  • Identify additional forms of compensation for which you qualify

Although our attorneys are often able to settle mesothelioma cases, we prepare each one as if it is going to trial. This ensures we are always well-prepared in the event a defendant refuses to take responsibility.

How much compensation can I recover?

The compensation you can recover will vary based on such factors as the following:

  • The severity of your illness
  • Your age at diagnosis
  • Your prognosis
  • The types of mesothelioma claims available to you
  • The number of claims you can file
  • The available insurance and resources of the defendants

The types of claims available are primarily driven by the sources of your exposure.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit

The highest compensation is generally available through mesothelioma lawsuits. You may qualify to file a lawsuit if the company is still solvent and other specific conditions are met, which our attorneys can determine during a free case evaluation. In a mesothelioma lawsuit, you can pursue the following damages:

  • Economic damages
  • Non-economic damages
  • Punitive damages

Economic Damages

Economic damages are the monetary losses brought on by your injuries. These generally include medical expenses, lost wages, and the value of domestic services you provide.

Medical Expenses

Medical expenses include the following:

Lost Wages

Lost wages include the following:

  • Missed workdays
  • Projected future earnings
  • Lost job benefits
  • Lost business opportunities

Factors that determine how these damages are calculated include your life expectancy and your earnings during the year prior to your illness.


Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are subjective losses related to your quality of life. These damages include the following:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Impairment

While some states limit non-economic damages, in South Carolina, non-economic damages are uncapped.

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Punitive Damages

Punitive damages may be awarded in South Carolina personal injury cases when it can be proven by clear and convincing evidence that the conduct of the defendant was willful, wanton, or reckless.

South Carolina limits punitive damages to $500,000 in 2010 dollars or three times the total economic and non-economic damages, whichever is greater. This amount is adjusted annually according to inflation. As of December 2021, the cap had reached $636,014.

However, these limits are increased if you can prove the injurious conduct was perpetrated with the knowledge of company persons in authority, that such persons knew the conduct was harmful, and that the conduct was primarily motivated by “unreasonable financial gain.”

In these cases, the limits are increased to the greater of $2 million or four times the compensatory damages. However, the $2 million amount is not subject to annual adjustments for inflation.

The unreasonable conduct of defendants who actively concealed asbestos risks certainly meets these criteria