A 40 Year Legacy of Helping Mesothelioma Victims
More than 2,000–3,000 people are afflicted each year with Mesothelioma— an insidious cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to understand the following:
- Mesothelioma was preventable. Millions were exposed. Thousands have suffered needlessly—and many more will— from contact with asbestos, the only known cause of this cancer.
- Knowledge is power. There are support groups, a wealth of information on the medical issues, and a long history of courts awarding victims substantial compensation in properly presented cases.
- For over 40 years, the attorneys at RPWB have worked with asbestos exposure victims, providing information and skilled counsel so they make smart choices. In fact, one of our founding members, Terry Richardson, was among the first in the country to successfully hold asbestos manufacturers accountable for causing mesothelioma in 1976. Since then, we have obtained impressive verdicts and settlements in nearly every state in the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including a $250 million verdict for a retired U.S. Steel employee who was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
We understand that money will never adequately compensate you and your family. At this difficult time, legal action may not seem like a priority, but there is a narrow window to seek compensation. Asserting asbestos victims’ legal rights also sends an important message to the negligent and reckless companies who chose profit above all else. We have a record of helping asbestos victims pay for treatment and provide a financial legacy for their families. Statutes of limitation govern the amount of time you have to file a claim. The window to file typically begins when a person is diagnosed, so we recommend contacting an experienced asbestos attorney without delay.
While many law firms stop just short of promising compensation, the truth is that mesothelioma cases are complicated. The disease can take decades to manifest, making pinpointing the exposure and the responsible parties a challenge. That’s why it is critically important that you choose a reputable mesothelioma law firm with the resources to build the strongest case possible on your behalf. Our team of experienced asbestos attorneys have helped thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma throughout the United States achieve financial stability for their loved ones.
Peers and adversaries respect RPWB attorneys for their tenacity, thoroughness, and record of success on some of the most significant asbestos litigation cases in United States history.
Contact us for a free case evaluation to determine whether we are the right firm for you.
- What is Mesothelioma?
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
- Choosing The Best Mesothelioma Lawyer For You
- RPWB’s History With Mesothelioma Lawsuits
- Other Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer
- Why Is Asbestos So Dangerous?
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Nov 02, 2018
RPWB is a 2019 U.S. News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2019 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on mass torts and class actions, product liability, securities, healthcare law, medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. With 16 lawyers listed on the underlying Best Lawyers in […]READ MORE
Oct 24, 2018
The Role of the Whistleblower: A look at qui tam litigation
By Chuck Dukes Qui tam litigation allows private citizens, like you, to join in the battle against government fraud. Every year, many of our public institutions—from the military to Medicare—are plagued by fraud. Astonishingly, it’s estimated that nearly 10% of all federal spending, or $350–$400B per year, is lost due to fraud. And by and […]READ MORE
Sep 18, 2018
Families of two smokers hooked by free samples awarded $113 million
The families of a pair of deceased smokers from the United States Virgin Islands were awarded $113 million by two juries last month. In a consolidated trial, the juries found that the maker of Newport cigarettes (previously Lorillard, now R.J. Reynolds) engaged in a program to hook young people, including children, on cigarettes. The program […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
16 RPWB attorneys named to Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was again recognized as South Carolina’s top-listed plaintiff law firm for product liability cases and mass tort/class actions by The Best Lawyers in America® in their 2019 edition released in August 2018. In all, 16 RPWB attorneys were named 2019 Best Lawyers, including four new additions to the […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
RPWB accepting DePuy Elbow Implant cases
RPWB attorneys are representing patients who had to replace their faulty DePuy Synthes elbow implant, a defective medical device that was pulled from the market years ago yet it still causing problems. In late 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was recalled after people who received the devices reported problems with radial stem loosening at […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
First three Abilify gambling cases settle
In April, the makers of Abilify settled the first three bellwether cases that were scheduled to go to trial this past June. Judge M. Casey Rodgers also ordered both sides to begin work on the framework for a global settlement for the nearly 2,000 other Abilify cases pending in the Northern District of Florida. The […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Wells Fargo Under Fire For 401(k) Rollover Practices
RPWB attorneys are investigating claims that Wells Fargo may have advised people rolling over their 401(k) retirement plans to invest in alternative investments in order to earn higher fees and commissions. These 401(k) rollovers have caught the attention of federal regulators with the Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Securities Exchange Commission, who […]READ MORE
Apr 29, 2015
Richardson again named ‘Top 10 lawyer’ in SC
BARNWELL, SC – Founding RPWB member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers for the second year in a row. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer […]READ MORE
Aug 16, 2016
Nine RPWB attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Nine RPWB attorneys were named 2017 Best Lawyers in America® for their respective practice areas, including two new additions in the past year. Based on the number of attorneys honored, RPWB was named the top-listed plaintiff product liability litigation firm in South Carolina. The two lawyers recognized for the first time […]READ MORE
Aug 11, 2016
Berkeley County, SC property owners to receive fee refund
CHARLESTON, SC – Thousands of Berkeley County property owners will receive refunds of transportation impact fees that were paid to the county, but not spent on infrastructure improvements. Ninth Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis, Jr. finalized the class action settlement agreement on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It applies to approximately 4,000 Berkeley County property owners […]READ MORE
Apr 22, 2016
Beth Burke wins USC law school alumni award
Elizabeth Middleton Burke was awarded the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council on April 21, 2016. The award is the most prestigious given by the law school. It recognizes alumni for their outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Burke, a 1997 graduate of the law school, is an […]READ MORE
May 08, 2015
Charles Patrick voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’
CHARLESTON, SC – RPWB attorney Charles W. Patrick, Jr. has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” for the Charleston market in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers of America©. The designation, this time for plaintiff product liability litigation, marks the fourth time Patrick has been named as lawyer of the year. He was selected for […]READ MORE
Jan 06, 2015
Graniteville train derailment: 10 years later
In the early morning hours of January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that would lead to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. A tanker car ruptured, spewing about 60 tons of chlorine gas into the air. Approximately […]READ MORE
May 31, 2018
Richardson named a ‘top 10’ S.C. attorney
BARNWELL, SC – Founding member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. […]READ MORE