Asbestos Litigation – Who We Can Help
Because of the extremely long latency of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos – such as malignant mesothelioma – the last couple of decades have seen an increase in the number of diagnoses and the resultant litigation.
Unfortunately, many of the victims (and their loved ones) suffer from a number of misconceptions about their potential eligibility to participate in these lawsuits.
What these misconceptions mean to the victims and their loved ones is that many of them never think to speak to a lawyer specializing in this type of litigation. Consequently, they miss out on the compensation that could greatly ease the stress and financial burdens caused by these dreaded diseases.
We will attempt here to dismiss some of these myths surrounding asbestos-related lawsuits by answering some of the most common questions that people have.
“EVERYBODY knows that being exposed to asbestos causes mesothelioma. What if I have some other condition?”
Although mesothelioma is the most recognizable disease associated with exposure, there are actually a number of related conditions that may be attributable to hazardous exposure. Unfortunately, many of the associated diseases can mimic other conditions or can be tentatively (and often mistakenly) attributed to other causes. Some such conditions include pleural plaque, pleural effusion, asbestosis, the aforementioned mesothelioma, and other forms of lung cancer.
“I never worked around asbestos, so I can’t take part in any lawsuit.”
Many people have the assumption that to have been exposed, they had to work in some manufacturing or industry where they came in direct contact. A closer examination of the actual statistics may paint a different picture.
The one job that can be considered as the most dangerous with respect to potentially-hazardous exposure was mining, specifically vermiculite and talc, which both contain high levels of tremolite asbestos.
By number of cases, the most dangerous industry for exposure is construction. Almost 25% of worker deaths attributable to asbestosis happen to construction workers.
After mining and construction, shipbuilding/repairing, industrial chemicals, railroads, mineral/stone products, government, steelwork, manufacturing, utility companies, and elementary/secondary schools.