Respected, Client-Focused Mesothelioma Attorneys
RPWB lawyers have helped people diagnosed with mesothelioma for more than 40 years
If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, we know it is a difficult time for you and your family. While legal action against those who caused the mesothelioma might not be the first item on your to-do list, we recommend that you reach out to and speak with an experienced asbestos attorney without delay. It is very important to begin the process of documenting work sites and the types of asbestos products you were exposed to. We’ve found it can also help put your mind at ease.
It’s important to understand the following:
- Mesothelioma was preventable, but the asbestos industry worked hard to keep the negative health effects of their products hidden. As a result, millions more American workers and their families were exposed to asbestos. Each year, between 2,000–3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an insidious cancer that crops up decades after exposure to asbestos. These hardworking people suffer because of what asbestos companies did, and the vast majority unfortunately will pass away from the cancer within a few years. We are proud to fight for these folks and their families.
- Knowledge is power. There are support groups and there is a wealth of information about the medical aspects of mesothelioma, including new treatments. Courts have a long history of awarding victims substantial compensation in properly presented mesothelioma cases. We encourage you to seek out the best medical and legal care you can find. They are both important.
- We stand ready to help. For more than 40 years, the attorneys at RPWB have worked with mesothelioma victims, providing information and skilled counsel so they make smart choices and achieve full compensation. In fact, in 1976, our founding member, Terry Richardson, was one of the first attorneys in the country to successfully hold asbestos manufacturers accountable for causing mesothelioma. 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 are client-focused, accessible and forthcoming. You are more than a case to us.
Our experienced team of asbestos attorneys is available 24-7 to people diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families. We will answer your questions and begin the process of obtaining compensation from the asbestos companies. We serve the entire United States from our offices in South Carolina and Illinois. In many cases, our attorneys are available to meet at your home within just a day or two. Please give us a call at 1-866-594-8765 or send us a message through this website when you are ready to talk.
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US News & World Report lists RPWB a 2020 Best Law Firm. Sixteen of our attorneys were named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list, making us the top-rated product liability and mass tort law firm in South Carolina. For the past five years, The Legal 500 has named RPWB as one of the top six law firms in the United States for asbestos litigation and other toxic torts. Many of our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers as being among the best in their practice areas.
RPWB is a national plaintiff law firm with locations in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Barnwell, Columbia and Aiken, South Carolina, and Edwardsville, Illinois. We serve asbestos victims throughout the United States by coming to you in your time of need rather than having you come to one of our offices.
In 1976, RPWB founding member Terry Richardson was one of the first mesothelioma lawyers in the country to successfully hold asbestos manufacturers liable at trial for the harm they caused. In the years prior to that trial win, he felt so strongly in the cause of helping people hurt by asbestos that he and another attorney took out personal loans to fund the litigation.
The backbone of our firm has been helping mesothelioma victims for the past 40 years. Please contact us to begin your free, no-risk case review.
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 cases in United States history. For more information about our lawyers’ experience and qualifications, please refer to their individual biographies linked below.
Contact us for a free case evaluation to discover why thousands have trusted us to handle their mesothelioma lawsuit.
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 Best Law Firms 2020, U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved online at https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/richardson-patrick-westbrook-brickman-llc/overview/34195
 Best Lawyers 2020. Retrieved at https://www.bestlawyers.com/firms/richardson-patrick-westbrook-brickman-llc/34195/US
 “PRODUCT LIABILITY, MASS TORT AND CLASS ACTION: TOXIC TORT – PLAINTIFF,” The Legal 500, 2018. Retrieved at https://www.legal500.com/c/united-states/dispute-resolution/product-liability-mass-tort-and-class-action-toxic-tort-plaintiff
 “THE ENERGIZER: Terry Richardson keeps going and going and going …, “ Super Lawyers, 2017. Retrieved at https://www.superlawyers.com/south-carolina/article/the-energizer/d44ea688-0063-40e5-8985-57979f0d0ab8.html
 “Major Leaguer,” Super Lawyers, 2008. Retrieved at https://www.superlawyers.com/south-carolina/article/major-leaguer/384b70b9-2ef2-495b-9aca-ee8f7713a7fe.html
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Nov 18, 2020
RPWB is a US News 2021 Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. News & World Report has named Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman as a 2021 Best Law Firm for its work in personal injury, product liability, mass torts, medical malpractice, securities litigation, healthcare law and railroad law. The announcement by U.S. News followed RPWB’s inclusion on the 2021 Best Lawyers in America […]READ MORE
Sep 09, 2020
The chase of PPP fraud is on
By Will Lewis When the federal government raced to release more than $2.2 trillion in coronavirus aid earlier this year, it did so knowing that some of that money would go to fraudulent claims. With the money needed immediately by struggling businesses and workers, the government could not efficiently control fraud on the front end, […]READ MORE
Aug 25, 2020
Top-Listed Firm for Personal Injury, Product Liability and Mass Torts
RPWB is the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for personal injury, product liability and mass tort litigation in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. In all, 19 RPWB attorneys were named Best Lawyers in their respective practice areas. Two other RPWB lawyers were named “Ones to Watch,” a designation for […]READ MORE
Mar 02, 2020
How are Mesothelioma Lawsuits Paid Out?
By Ken Wilson Some of the most frequent questions we get about mesothelioma lawsuits concern how they are ultimately paid out to clients and how long it will all take. To address those questions, let me give you a little bit of context about how mesothelioma lawsuits work. When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, […]READ MORE
Feb 21, 2020
Terry Richardson Honored with the 2020 War Horse Award
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson was honored with the War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association this week, a distinction recognizing his contributions to the legal profession over the past 40 years. From the nameplate on his desk (“Illegitimis non carborundum” – Don’t let the bastards wear you down) […]READ MORE
Feb 02, 2020
$1.5 Billion Syngenta Corn Farmer Settlement Finalized
Corn Farmer Settlement Checks Are On The Way This week we received some very good news for corn farmers nationwide who suffered price losses associated with the botched launch of genetically-modified corn seed by Syngenta in 2013. On January 3, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City approved a […]READ MORE
Feb 01, 2020
RPWB is a 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. News & World Report has named Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman as a 2020 Best Law Firm for the firm’s work in personal injury, mass torts and class actions, product liability, medical malpractice, securities litigation, healthcare law and railroad law. U.S. News’ announcement came on the heels of the 2020 Best […]READ MORE
Jan 31, 2020
16 RPWB Lawyers Selected For Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – RPWB was once again the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for product liability cases as well as mass tort and class action lawsuits in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which was released in August 2019. In total, 16 RPWB attorneys were designated as 2020 Best Lawyers, including […]READ MORE
Jan 30, 2020
Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and now scientists know why
It is no secret that exposure to asbestos causes cancer. However, while scientists definitively established this link decades ago, the exact mechanism was still a mystery. A recent study apparently demonstrates just how asbestos causes mesothelioma, which at some point in the future could possibly be helpful to doctors in South Carolina who treat patients […]READ MORE
Jan 22, 2020
Study confirms link between cosmetic products and mesothelioma
Wearing makeup and using other cosmetic products is quite common in South Carolina. Unfortunately, just because something is common does not mean it is safe. For example, asbestos contamination is shockingly common in the cosmetics industry. A recent study established a definite link between the deadly cancer mesothelioma and asbestos found in many cosmetic products. […]READ MORE
Jan 18, 2020
FDA pushes for more testing amid asbestos exposure concern
Current asbestos testing standards for industries that use talc are fairly loose. As recent reports have shown that many products contain this toxic substance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing for new testing standards. If implemented, it could possibly lower the risk of asbestos exposure for people in South Carolina and across the […]READ MORE
Jan 17, 2020
Is diagnosing mesothelioma difficult?
If you’ve worked in a job that exposed you to asbestos, you may already know the risk for mesothelioma. But when the disease takes years to show up, how do doctors know whether or not you have it? Mesothelioma is a rare disease. And many different illnesses have similar symptoms. To diagnose patients, doctors must […]READ MORE
Jan 15, 2020
How can I find clinical trials for mesothelioma?
If you have mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, you know that only limited treatment exists. However, science is always searching for new ways to treat or cure the disease. If you have exhausted your options for treatment, a clinical trial can test out a new way to fight your mesothelioma. Your doctor may be aware of […]READ MORE
Jan 08, 2020
Asbestos litigation: Johnson & Johnson faces another lawsuit
South Carolina consumers should feel confident that they are making safe purchases, but this is unfortunately more difficult than it seems. Companies are frequently more concerned with their own bottom lines than they are with the health and safety of their customers. Concerned over citizens’ safety, one state is engaging in asbestos litigation against Valeant […]READ MORE
Dec 31, 2019
Construction workers learn of asbestos exposure months later
There is a very good reason that asbestos abatement is tightly regulated in South Carolina. When mishandled, asbestos fibers are released into the air. Those airborne fibers are easily inhaled. For those who do not quite understand just how serious this is, it is important to know that asbestos exposure can lead to a number […]READ MORE