Victims of mesothelioma resulting from prolonged exposure to asbestos who take swift legal action have an excellent chance of recovering substantial money damages from insurance companies, companies that manufactured or installed products containing asbestos, or from asbestos’ victims trust funds.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, especially through the inhalation of asbestos fibers. The disease develops slowly from the cells of the lining around internal organs, which are called mesothelioma. Most victims present and ultimately die from cancer surrounding the lungs; however, cases have also been seen involving the heart, abdominal cavity, and testis. In addition to being almost always fatal, the disease is particularly insidious: symptoms of malignant mesothelioma often do not show up for several decades following exposure and are followed shortly by death.
Asbestos Exposure Is An Occupational and Public Health Hazard
During World War II in the United States, asbestos was widely used in factories, shipyards, manufacturing plants, and even schools for its fire-retardant qualities. Only decades later, after the first wave of malignant mesothelioma cases were diagnosed by the medical community, did asbestos become recognized as a highly toxic substance that was a public health hazard.
Most victims of mesothelioma are tradespeople who suffered exposure to asbestos fibers while working with or around asbestos for long periods of time; however, cases have also been recorded in victims who simply had regular contact with the equipment or clothing worn by such tradespeople. Today, close to 100,000 die every day of an asbestos-related condition. Still, many older buildings built before asbestos was banned contain asbestos.
Victims of Mesothelioma
Since in many cases companies who manufactured products containing asbestos or who employed workers in buildings containing asbestos were aware of the substance’s health hazards, victims of mesothelioma have an excellent chance of recovering substantial monetary awards through legal action. These awards help pay for the tremendous cost of ongoing medical treatment for victims of malignant mesothelioma, as well as for pain and suffering and any lost income due to this horrific disease.
However, mesothelioma cases are notoriously complicated. This is due in part to the tragic fact that most people diagnosed with mesothelioma will die within a few months to a few years of being diagnosed. In addition, since the disease’s symptoms are delayed and/or present slowly over time, the companies culpable for callously exposing victims to asbestos can be difficult to locate and bring to justice. Often, victims of mesothelioma have sadly passed away long before their cases are resolved, leaving compensation for their calamity to their families.
Therefore, in order to fully recover through the lawsuit or settlement process, mesothelioma victims and their family members are strongly urged to find attorneys who specialize in mesothelioma cases before it is too late.
The lawyers at Green & Schafle understand how challenging bringing a mesothelioma case to resolution can be, and we will use our experience to advocate for you and your family and to seek maximum recovery of your damages from every culpable party.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of mesothelioma, please contact our attorneys immediately for a free consultation toll-free at 1-855-462-3330 or via email by clicking here.