Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses create impossible challenges for individuals and families around the world who have been left to pay the price for careless employers and companies. Although asbestos has been a known hazard for many years, its wide use left many people open to the dangers—and, while it is less commonly used in recent years, many people still continue to be at risk for mesothelioma.
As victims and families struggle to make sense of how work-related exposure—sometimes from 30 years ago or more—can lead to a cancer diagnosis, they are also forced to confront complex legal, medical, and financial decisions related to their illness. However, if you have found yourself confronting these same challenges after a recent diagnosis, you should know that you are definitely not alone, and you can get help with your questions.
The sooner you learn about your legal rights after a mesothelioma diagnosis, the sooner you can protect yourself and start taking action. For more no-obligation information and a free and confidential case analysis with one of our attorneys, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.
Compensation for mesothelioma victims
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer that occurs in the lining around the lungs, heart, testes, and abdomen. It results almost exclusively from exposure to asbestos and can take anywhere from 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure. The disease is more common in workers and military personnel who were directly exposed to asbestos in the line of work, but anyone who works or has worked in older public buildings, with certain types of supplies and equipment, or in second-hand asbestos-exposure situations is at risk. At this time, there is no known cure for mesothelioma, and the disease is ultimately fatal.
Mesothelioma is a difficult disease to diagnose and treat, and care of the disease must be carefully tailored to each patient’s circumstances and needs. Through a number of complex treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, victims of mesothelioma can manage their disease and extend their life expectancy.
Unfortunately, the staggering expense of this highly specialized treatment leaves many mesothelioma victims to make grim choices about their healthcare options and financial futures.
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Whether you were exposed to asbestos years ago or in your current line of work, you should know that you may have rights to compensation for your resulting illness. The companies who exposed workers to this cancer-causing substance should be held responsible for ignoring the risks, and victims are entitled to financial support. If you are buckling under the weight of medical, emotional, and financial changes following a diagnosis of asbestos-related cancer or illness, our experienced legal team is standing by with the answers you need.
Notable mesothelioma lawsuits
Since many of the victims were exposed to asbestos through their workplaces after it was known that the substance was dangerous, there have been many, many lawsuits filed against large companies who failed to protect their workers—and many of those lawsuits have ended in millions of dollars being awarded to the victim or his or her family. To help you understand the scope of these kinds of legal actions, here are three examples of large and notable mesothelioma lawsuits:
- In 2012, Union Carbide was ordered to pay millions of dollars to 85-year-old Bobbie Izell, who developed mesothelioma after working with the company’s products as a general contractor in the 1960s and 1970s. Union Carbide was accused of hiding the dangers of the asbestos used in its products, and including damages from all companies named in the case, Izell was awarded $48 million.
- In 2013, Rose-Marie Griggs, the wife of a worker exposed to asbestos in KAYLO products, was awarded more than $27 million for mesothelioma developed after handling and laundering her husband’s work clothes.
- In 2012, mesothelioma victim John Bristow, a former shipyard worker, was awarded over $9 million in a suit against Crane Inc. for exposure to asbestos in the company’s products. While other companies were also named in Bristow’s complaint, all but Crane settled with the victim before the trial.
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While it is possible for victims to pursue compensation, the path to success isn’t always easy. Asbestos victims and their families often end up struggling against large companies and insurers who hope to minimize how much they must pay for their negligence, and victims are often unprepared to defend their claims or push for the maximum compensation they are entitled to. However, a skilled asbestos attorney can make sure that victims are informed, protected, and ready to fight for what they truly deserve.
At our firm, our legal team has extensive experience helping individuals and families across the nation protect their rights, make confident decisions, and get the compensation they need for their care. If you have questions or need help, speak directly with our mesothelioma attorneys today, or fill out the confidential contact form on this page for a prompt response to your concerns.