Asbestos.com — Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions of Use

Updated: June 28, 2016

PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER AS WELL AS TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE.

By using this website, you signify your assent to the Disclaimer as well as Terms and Conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”). If you do not agree to all of these Terms and Conditions of use, do not use this website.

Asbestos.com is an informational resource that aspires to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and to assist people who may have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. The website itself is owned by Asbestos.com, LLC, which is a for-profit organization and your agreement to be bound by the Terms and Conditions is an agreement with both Asbestos.com and Asbestos.com, LLC. Asbestos.com is sponsored by The Peterson Firm, LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm concentrating in asbestos litigation. Asbestos.com is not responsible for any third-party content that may be accessed through this website. Further, Asbestos.com does not endorse any of the companies or opinions listed in or linked to or from the website. Asbestos.com does not accept or host any online advertising.

This page spells out the disclaimers for Asbestos.com and the terms and conditions for any user of the website. This includes the purpose of the website and also restrictions on use, limited liabilities and issues with disputes and specific state-by-state disclosure information. You can find information about security of your personal information on our Privacy Policy.

The terms and conditions listed herein spell out the website-user agreement for Asbestos.com. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect their validity and enforceability. Asbestos.com may be used only under the following terms and conditions.

If you do not agree with these Terms and Conditions or they are not acceptable to you in full, you must stop using Asbestos.com immediately.

Please review the Legal Disclosures that may pertain to your particular state of residence below.

General Website Disclaimer

The information provided on Asbestos.com is not legal or professional medical advice, Asbestos.com is not a lawyer or doctor referral service, and no attorney-client privilege or relationship nor doctor-patient relationship is or should be formed by the use of this website. If a Patient Advocate, per your request, suggests a law firm or medical professional, the individuals suggested to you are solely responsible for the provision of professional medical or legal services. Such individuals and law firms are not recommended or endorsed by Asbestos.com or any approved or authorized lawyer referral service or medical professional referral service.

The content of this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on Asbestos.com!

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Asbestos.com does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information provided by Asbestos.com, Asbestos.com employees, others appearing on this website at the invitation of Asbestos.com, or other visitors to the website is solely at your own risk.

Asbestos.com Support Services

By filling out a form on this website, you are requesting to be contacted by an Asbestos.com Patient and Family Advocate. Patient and Family Advocates assist visitors with a variety of issues affecting those suffering from asbestos-related diseases, including:

  • identifying leading doctors, treatment facilities, and clinical trial studies;
  • providing free informational literature;
  • facilitating social security or veterans’ benefits for asbestos-related diseases; and
  • suggesting law firms to discuss your legal rights as they relate to asbestos exposure and related illnesses.

Patient and Family Advocates are not legal or medical professionals and, accordingly, any advice provided should not be deemed legal or medical advice. Information submitted to Asbestos.com will not be shared, sold or provided to any third party unless you expressly authorize a Patient and Family Advocate to do so on your behalf.

Asbestos.com strives to maintain the most up to date and current information on asbestos exposure and related injuries. The information provided on Asbestos.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient and his/her healthcare provider. Nothing on the this website should be taken as medical advice, but instead the website should be considered as a resource for providing general information that may be useful to the general public. All visitors are encouraged to consult with a physician or other licensed medical professional for any form of medical advice.

The information contained in the website should not be construed as legal advice, an offer to perform legal services, or an offer to create an attorney-client relationship. The content of this website contains general information and may not reflect current legal developments or issues pertaining to a visitor’s specific circumstances. Recipients of content from this website should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in the website without seeking appropriate legal advice from an attorney licensed in the recipient’s state.

Asbestos.com is sponsored by The Peterson Firm, LLP, which is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. The Peterson Firm, LLP’s main office is located at 1050 30th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Asbestos.com is partly owned by Carl H. Peterson, the principal of The Peterson Firm. Mr. Peterson has neither day-to-day involvement with the activities of Asbestos.com nor any direct communication with its visitors. The Peterson Firm, LLP, concentrates on asbestos litigation. If you indicate to your Patient Advocate that you desire to speak with an attorney about your legal rights, he or she may suggest a law firm that would work with The Peterson Firm, LLP, on your case. If you decide to retain that law firm, the Peterson Firm, LLP, will serve as co-counsel on your case at no cost to you. Your Patient Advocate can explain the process in more detail.

Information should not be sent to The Peterson Firm, LLP, or any other law firm through this website. Transmissions to Asbestos.com, in part or in whole, and/or communication with Asbestos.com via Internet or e-mail through this website does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship between a law firm and any recipients. Contact through Asbestos.com is not an offer to represent you, nor is it intended to create an attorney-client relationship.

Disclaimers

ASBESTOS.COM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. ASBESTOS.COM DISCLAIMS ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO (A) ANY ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS FROM OUR WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TECHNICAL INACCURACIES AND TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS; (B) ANY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES OR CONTENT ON THOSE WEBSITES DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ACCESS THROUGH LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS THEREFROM; (C) THE UNAVAILABILITY OF OUR WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION OF IT; (D), THE USER’S USE OF OUR WEBSITE; OR (E) THE USER’S USE OF ANY EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE IN CONNECTION WITH OUR WEBSITE.

Limitation of Liability

Asbestos.com, which for the purposes of limitations of liability includes Asbestos.com, LLC, its affiliates, listees and any officer, director, employee, subcontractor, agent, successor or assignee of Asbestos.com or Asbestos.com, LLC, its affiliates and its listees, shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages of any kind pertaining to your use of this website, including your engagement of an attorney, advocate, or medical professional located through Asbestos.com, regardless of any negligence of Asbestos.com. That includes, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and lost profits or savings in any way because of, resulting from or arising in connection with Asbestos.com.

More specifically, Asbestos.com is not and shall not be liable for any claim, loss, cost or liability that arises out of, or relates to a user’s use of (1) Asbestos.com, (2) any attorney that provides or fails to provide legal services to the user, (3) any advocate that provides or fails to provide services to the user, (4) the provision by an attorney of false or misleading information to Asbestos.com, (5) the provision by an advocate of false or misleading information to Asbestos.com (6) the failure of an attorney to meet its responsibilities under the rules and regulations of the state(s) in which the attorney is licensed to practice law, (7) any medical professional that provides or fails to provide services to the user, (8) the provision by medical professional of false or misleading information to Asbestos.com, (9) the provision by medical professional of false or misleading information to Asbestos.com or (10) the failure of a medical professional to meet its responsibilities under the rules and regulations of the state(s) in which the medical professional is licensed to practice medicine. Asbestos.com fully disclaims any and all liability directly or indirectly arising out of or relating to the information contained in, use of or services available through Asbestos.com or for the results or consequences of any representation or treatment of a user of Asbestos.com by an attorney, advocate, or medical professional with whom Asbestos.com put the user in touch.

Any information provided through this website or through links to other websites are provided for educational and general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or medical advice nor substituted for legal or medical advice provided by a competent attorney or medical professional.

Asbestos.com is not and shall not be liable for any claim, loss, cost or liability that arises out of, or relates to a user’s use of links provided by Asbestos.com to other websites. A user of Asbestos.com assumes total responsibility for any damages that may result from the use of any links, including damages which may result from viruses or computer problems associated with such links or repair and replacement of computers or server information, and for any time lost as the result of such damages.

Website Contents, Ownership, and Use Restrictions

The information contained in this website including all images, illustrations, designs, photographs, video clips, writings and other materials (collectively referred to as “Content”) that appear herein are copyrights, trademarks, trade dress or other intellectual property owned, controlled, or licensed by Asbestos.com, LLC, or are the property of their respective owners. The name Asbestos.com, as well as its logos, are registered marks of Asbestos.com and its owner and may not be used in any way, including in advertising or publicity without our prior written permission.

You may print a copy of the information contained herein for your personal use only, but you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, display, post electronically or mechanically, transmit, record, in any manner mirror, photocopy, or reproduce the same without the prior written permission of Asbestos.com or the applicable copyright owner.

Laws in Case of Dispute

These Terms and Conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida as they apply to agreements made and solely performed therein. Disputes between users of our website and Asbestos.com shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Florida and U.S. federal courts.

Changes to Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right to change the Terms and Conditions of Asbestos.com at any time and without notice. Users should review this page on a regular basis for any changes. Use of this website following any changes constitutes a user’s acceptance of changes.

Notice and Takedown Procedures; and Copyright Agent

If you believe any materials accessible on or from this website infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access thereto) from this website by contacting Asbestos.com’s copyright agent (identified below) and providing the following information:

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work that you believe to be infringed. Please describe the work, and where possible include a copy or the location (e.g., URL) of an authorized version of the work.
  2. Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and its location. Please describe the material, and provide us with its URL or any other pertinent information that will allow us to locate the material.
  3. Your name, address, telephone number and (if available) e-mail address.
  4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the complained of use of the materials is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  5. A statement that the information that you have supplied is accurate, and indicating that “under penalty of perjury,” you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
  6. A signature or the electronic equivalent from the copyright holder or authorized representative.

Asbestos.com’s agent for copyright issues relating to this website is as follows:

webmaster@asbestos.com
(407) 454-5115
189 S. Orange Ave., Suite 1620
Orlando, FL 32801

Complete Agreement

Except as expressly provided in a particular “legal notice” on the Asbestos.com website, these Terms and Conditions and the Asbestos.com Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and Asbestos.com, LLC with respect to the use of the Asbestos.com website, and content.

Contact Us

**If you have any questions regarding any information found on this website we invite you to either fill out our contact form or contact us at webmaster@asbestos.com.

Special State Disclaimers Regarding Specialty Areas of Practice1

General Disclaimer: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT

Some states require additional disclaimers concerning specialty areas of practice. Those are as follows:

Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e)

Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as experienced in any field. Colo. RPC 7.4(e).

Delaware: A lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law. Delaware Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (d).

Florida: The hiring of any lawyer should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you select a law firm or lawyer, please ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. You will not be charged any costs or fees for this information. You will not be charged any fees or costs if there is no recovery in your asbestos-related legal claim.

Illinois: The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law, nor does it recognize certifications of expertise in any phase of the practice of law by any agency, governmental or private, or by any group, organization or association. Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(c).

Iowa: ADVERTISEMENT ONLY. Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 32:7.3(d). The determination of whether you need legal services and the choice of a lawyer are important decisions that should not be based on advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. Please do your research about any law firm or lawyer you intend to represent you. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Kentucky: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT. Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.09 (3).

Massachusetts: If a Massachusetts lawyer holds himself or herself out as “certified” in a particular service, field or area of law by a non-governmental body, the certifying organization is a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 7.4(b).

Minnesota: A lawyer may not state or imply that the lawyer is a specialist or certified as a specialist in a particular field of law. Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(d).

Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements. FREE BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST to a Mississippi attorney. The listing of any area of practice by a Mississippi attorney does not indicate any certification of experience therein. See Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(d), Rule 7.4(a), and Rule 7.6(a).

Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4.

Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.

New Jersey: Any certification as an experienced, or any certification in a field of practice, that does not state that such certification has been granted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or by an organization that has been approved by the American Bar Association, indicates that the certifying organization has not been approved, or has been denied approval, by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the American Bar Association. See New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(b).

New Mexico: Any certification by an organization other than the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization does not constitute recognition by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, unless the lawyer is also recognized by the board as an experienced in that area of law. See New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 16-704(D).

New York: LAWYER ADVERTISEMENT. Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including your case, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained.”

North Carolina: The case outcomes contained within this website depend upon a variety of legal, factual, and circumstantial factors unique to each case. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome regardless of any similarities to any other legal matter. The cases mentioned on this website are illustrative only of the types of cases the firm handles and not all cases or outcomes are provided. The firm may associate with counsel external to the firm to assist with some cases.

Ohio: ADVERTISEMENT ONLY. Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(c).

Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT. Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.3(c).

Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law. The court does not license or certify any lawyer as an experienced in any field of practice. Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (d).

Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.

Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Vermont: A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer has been certified as a specialist in a field of law by a named organization, provided that the communication clearly states that there is no procedure in Vermont for approving certifying organizations. If, however, the named organization has been accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers as specialists in a particular field of law, the communication need not contain such a statement. Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (c).

Virginia: A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer has been certified as a specialist in a field of law by a named organization, provided that the communication clearly states that there is no procedure in the Commonwealth of Virginia for approving certifying organizations. Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (d).

Washington: The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties in the practice of law and that the certificate, award, or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in the state of Washington. Washington Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.04 (d)(3).

Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. The disclaimer must appear within the advertisement itself, or in the instance of a telephone or other directory, upon the same or the facing page as the advertisement appears. The disclaimer shall be in a type size at least as large as the smallest type size appearing in the advertisement. Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2 (g).

1While this website was not created for the purpose of being a legal advertisement it may be deemed as such by your state. To the extent that any users inquire about assistance with a particular legal issue, as a precaution, these disclosures are included for the consumer’s consideration when considering any possible attorney choices they make.

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