Asbestos used to be a common, cost-effective product used in everything from insulation to car brakes to piping. In more recent years, medical professionals have realized there is a real danger when asbestos exposure has been present, especially with frequent exposure that leads to the cancer, Mesothelioma. This is a rare lung cancer that is usually fatal and is very painful, for both the victim and their loved ones to watch. It is caused by inhaling or swallowing asbestos, which often occurred where the victim lived or worked. Mesothelioma can take as many as 20 to 50 years to form, so could be showing up now in people that were exposed many years ago. Around 3,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the US.
Most Likely Exposure Victims
Mesothelioma is often found in, but not limited to, people that worked in construction, manufacturing, as mechanics, firefighters, miners, insulation workers, US military personnel and demolition workers. Family members of those workers are also often diagnosed due to secondhand exposure to their family member’s skin, hair and clothing.
Who is Responsible for Asbestos Poisoning?
Most cases of asbestos exposure resulting in mesothelioma arise from occupational exposure, meaning the toxic mineral made its way into the victim’s lungs while working. This has become a major personal injury issue because many companies were aware of the danger imposed on their workers. It is usually a straightforward process to follow evidence back to the source of asbestos. However, proving the victim’s exposure to asbestos was due to negligence on the part of the defendant can pose challenges.
The responsible party could be:
- An Employer that has failed to provide a safe working environment or to provide protective gear.
- An Asbestos Manufacturer who produced asbestos but failed to warn about the inherent dangers of the product.
- Manufacturers of Products Containing Asbestos that didn’t properly inform their customers of the asbestos in their product.
- Owners of Asbestos-Contaminated Properties could be liable for any harm coming to someone as a result of being exposed on their property.
- Mining Companies that failed to provide workers with proper protective gear and failed to inform the surrounding public to the risk posed by asbestos they were mining.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
Depending upon the nature of you or your family member’s Mesothelioma and circumstances surrounding the exposure, a personal injury lawyer may identify possible claims for medical expenses, lost wages, lifecare expenses such as life support or ongoing expenses for a chronic illness, wrongful death, loss of consortium (the services of a close family member), pain and suffering and funeral expenses.
If you have mesothelioma cancer or if a loved one was killed by mesothelioma, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll this cancer takes and understands the complexities of these types of cases. An experienced personal injury attorney will be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.