Asbestos has been in used in more than 5000 different products since the early 1800’s. Asbestos is categorized as a naturally found minerals which is used to make building material, automotive parts, small appliances, insulation and clothing. Asbestos was used in manufacturing plants, factories, railroads and shipyards, custodial, mechanical and construction industries. It has been extensively used for its corrosion resistance and insulation to heat properties. The lethal effect of asbestos fibers when exposed to employees has been known to industry leaders for nearly eighty to ninety years. Yet, neither government or industrial regulations restricted its use or required the protection of employees working in those industries.
Mesothelioma is very rare but fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Research shows us that it affects men 3-5% more than women. Primarily because men made up the majority of the work force 30-40 years ago, and asbestos cancer can have a latency period of fifty years. That explains why asbestos cancer is usually diagnosed in patients at average age of fifty to seventy years. Asbestos cancer of the lungs, heart lining and stomach and intestinal tract are each very distinct diseases that require specific treatments. Unfortunately each is very difficult to diagnose and may not manifest itself for many years, or after it has become well established within the body.
Victims of asbestos cancer or mesothelioma are encouraged to file cancer lawsuits for compensation for damage caused by exposure to asbestos. These lawsuit help them to seek reparations for lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering due to their illness of that of a family member.
Manufacturers or employers of asbestos, and asbestos related products can be held accountable and financially liable for these expenses. It is particularly devastating when it is proven that these companies were aware of the danger that their employees were being exposed. It is your right, and obligation to the well-being of your family, seek compensation for your suffering.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer due to exposure to asbestos, you must act immediately speak with a qualified and expert lawyer. They will guide you through your legal rights and processes and information you will need for a lawsuit. The reason for such immediate action is that each state has statutes of limitations for such cases; in many cases the companies are no longer in business, and if legal action has required them to reserve a fund for asbestos sufferers, when that money is gone they are no longer responsible for any reparations to employees or their families.
Always seek an experienced attorney who is experienced with similar cases the medical complexities and legal formalities related with asbestos cancer lawsuits. Before you are consumed by the volumes of information on the internet and television, find a starting place with a directory or cancer resource guide. There are several of these non-legal, non-medical information guides that will cut through most of the advertising and put you in touch with those agencies that can genuinely help you and your family.
There are two basic types of asbestos cancer lawsuits – a personal injury claim and wrongful death lawsuit. In the case of a personal injury lawsuit an asbestos cancer patient files to claim for damages which includes medical expenses both past and present, loss of earnings or wages, pain and suffering. In case of wrongful death lawsuit, it is filed by survivors of an asbestos cancer victim for the untimely death of their relative. The lawsuit covers claim for income, protection, care service and companionship. The legal system for each type of lawsuit varies according to states; it depends upon where the claim has been filed and where the victim was exposed to asbestos.
Seek out help to find to define what you must do either as a victim of exposure to asbestos or as a family member for reparations for this devastating disease.