It's difficult to believe that a mineral as dangerous as asbestos, over many years, made its way into our homes and workplaces as well as into millions of products.
Yet, just because the use of asbestos was widespread and once considered common doesn't mean that those who developed mesothelioma as a result of this hazardous exposure cannot seek justice and compensation.
If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma or another condition due to asbestos exposure, contact our asbestos lawsuit attorneys now for a free legal consultation. You deserve to know your rights given your circumstances, and our experienced legal team can provide this information at absolutely no cost to you.
To date, mesothelioma has affected thousands of people. A rare form of cancer renowned for its aggressiveness, it has been linked to prolonged exposure to asbestos, whether in the workplace or elsewhere. In an asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuit, many of these victims have been able to pursue compensation to cover their medical expenses and other damages.
According to researchers, asbestos is only hazardous when disturbed. Generally, asbestos fibers cling together and, in this form, are relatively harmless since they stay bonded to each other. Many homes, for instance, have asbestos ceiling tiles or insulation that is not too much of a concern as long as the fibers are not released into the air.
The real danger comes from long-term asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers can eventually reach the lungs when someone breathes in the mineral every day for decades. The fibers can make their way into the digestive tract after being swallowed. When asbestos fibers accumulate inside the body, they can irritate the membranes that line the organs. When an individual develops such buildups and irritations, they increase their risk of developing asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma lawsuits were filed as far back as the 1970s by people who developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos. Over a period of time, thousands of employees and their family members filed suits against the companies that exposed innocent workers to this deadly mineral. The early-2000s brought about more than 700,000 asbestos lawsuits, resulting in substantial jury verdicts and settlements across the country.
In ways that the average person is unaware of, asbestos litigation has reshaped American law and business. There have been more than 10,000 lawsuits involving businesses as defendants. One hundred of them have filed for bankruptcy. Most of the companies that have filed for bankruptcy after being sued by asbestos victims have been ordered to create trust funds to pay out compensation to newly diagnosed mesothelioma victims.
Whereas a mesothelioma lawsuit will usually revolve around personal injury and negligence while the victim is alive, a wrongful death lawsuit for mesothelioma is more appropriate if the victim has already passed.
There is a whole host of potential damages that can be awarded in wrongful death suits. Whenever a loved one's death is caused by another's negligence or wrongdoing, a family member such as a spouse or surviving child pursues recompense for damages. The goods and services that are sought for damages are typically items that have an explicit monetary value, like burial and funeral expenses, as well as abstract, like pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have developed mesothelioma, it's quite possible that your abatement in health was caused by long-term exposure to asbestos.
Whether you're confident that your cancer was caused by asbestos exposure or another factor, it's critical for you to discuss your circumstances with an asbestos lawyer. Legal professionals have the experience and knowledge required to take a look at your case and determine if taking legal action is right for you. Most individuals simply do not know enough about law or these cases to make the best decision on their own and without input from a lawyer.
Our team of mesothelioma lawyers understands that filing a lawsuit can seem like a monumental task. Our law firm takes pride in providing seamless representation and service to our clients; we handle all of the paperwork, deadlines, collection of evidence - everything. This allows victims to spend time with their families and being concerned with their own recovery process.
The average settlement for a mesothelioma lawsuit will take into consideration the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages suffered by victims. As you can imagine, these dollar amounts can vary wildly from one individual to another, so there is simply no average settlement for these claims.
To get a better idea of what your claim may be worth, contact our team now for a free case consultation. Our helpline is available 24/7, otherwise, fill out the form on this page to be contacted later.