Mesothelioma is a slow-acting cancer that damages the lining of a person’s internal organs such as their stomach, heart, and lungs. It is primarily caused by repeated exposure to asbestos. According to the American Cancer Society, there are around 3,000 diagnosed cases a year. This post will go over the legal issues surrounding mesothelioma.
If your loved one suffers from mesothelioma, she likely contracted it while working at her job. The vast majority of mesothelioma claims arise from their employment. As such, most of these claims are resolved under workers’ compensation or an equivalent system.
Many companies maintain permanent funds to pay the victims of mesothelioma. To qualify for these funds, you need only prove that you worked for the business during the time asbestos was present and that you suffer from mesothelioma.
If your loved one did not contact it from her work, it is also possible to get exposed to asbestos in a general liability manner. Under these cases, you would likely sue for damages under a product liability action.
Mesothelioma cases are extraordinarily difficult to prosecute because the symptoms often arise decades after the initial exposure. The extended period between exposure and developing mesothelioma makes it difficult to establish a link between the exposure and the disease. Additionally, the evidence goes stale and witnesses get harder to locate the more time passes.
If you think you are suffering from mesothelioma, you may want to speak with a lawyer for assistance. As stated above, mesothelioma is caused by a myriad of sources. A lawyer can go over how you may be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering. Wrongful death suits are complicated but not impossible to win. A lawyer can help you.