Obtaining compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit can help victims cover the high medical expenses in treating mesothelioma cancer. In addition, the recompense obtained through a successful suit offers family members financial support in the years ahead. Taking civil action for compensation is the surest way to hold the companies in the asbestos industry accountable for the harm they cause.
Tens of thousands of mesothelioma victims have secured compensation through out-of-court settlements and jury awards. Most asbestos claims are filed by individuals suffering with malignant mesothelioma after prolonged asbestos exposure in their workplace. In addition, surviving family members file wrongful death lawsuits when their loved one has died from mesothelioma caused by the negligence of others.
Mesothelioma: A Dreadful Disease Caused By a Generation of Industry
As an aggressive cancer, Mesothelioma is a dreadful disease that causes significant damage to the pleural mesothelium (lining inside the lungs) or peritoneal mesothelium (abdomen). Nearly every case is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral fiber that occurs naturally in soil and rocks.
For decades, doctors, attorneys and the federal government have known about the harmful effects of asbestos exposure on human health. Only in recent years have many high profile cases been publicized, creating a pathway for other victims to seek the compensation they deserve for their injury caused by the negligence of others.
Most common cases involving asbestos exposure occur in the workplace. Because exposure to asbestos is usually preventable, nearly every case of asbestos cancer and disease creates legitimate grounds to file a mesothelioma lawsuit to hold asbestos product manufacturers accountable for negligence.
Occupations Commonly Putting Workers At Risk For Asbestos Exposure
Obviously, the highest rate of asbestos-related disease (ARD) occurs in workers who handle asbestos products. Most involve employees in specific industries that include:
- Petroleum refineries
- Shipyards involving shipbuilding or repair
- Chemical industries
- Electric power and light
- Vessel operators and seamen
- The construction industry
In addition to the above industries, other occupations have a high rate of ARDs caused by exposure to asbestos. These occupations include: electricians, mechanical engineers, steamfitters, pipefitters, plumbers and teachers who have worked in an aging school facility.
Burden of Proof Necessary to Win Illinois Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Receiving financial compensation through a claim or lawsuit is not automatic. It requires proving how exposure to asbestos caused injuries or damage. The victim must show a direct correlation between exposure of materials or products and asbestos-related injuries including mesothelioma and other cancers.
The burden of proof may be difficult because many decades have likely past from the time the victim was exposed until the medical condition was diagnosed. As a part of the claim, the victim will need to provide details of working conditions and employment history. To protect the rights of the victim and gain the advantage in securing compensation often requires hiring a skilled attorney to handle the case.
A Free Case Review With a Winning Team of Mesothelioma Attorneys
Victims diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases (ARD’s) including mesothelioma and asbestosis have numerous legal options to seek compensation and hold parties responsible accountable for their negligence. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers offer a free mesothelioma case review to evaluate the claim for financial recompense and determine the value of the case.
If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer or other ARD, it is imperative to speak with our attorneys. Filing a claim is time sensitive, where documents must be filed within a specific timeframe. Our lawyers can assist you in the legal pursuit of any possible claim and handle every aspect of your case through the complex process including filing a suit, the discovery phase, negotiating a settlement or taking the case to trial.Your Mesothelioma Injury Case Deserves to Be Handled By an Experienced and Compassionate Legal Team
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can file two specific kinds of mesothelioma lawsuits – personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. In addition, our attorneys can seek recompense for victims harmed through primary asbestos exposure (direct contact) and secondary asbestos exposure (contact with someone with direct exposure to asbestos). Wrongful death mesothelioma lawsuits can be filed by surviving family members of victims who died from exposure to asbestos.
Because of strict regulations surrounding the toxic substance, most asbestos manufacturers have since filed bankruptcy. However, many of these asbestos manufacturers have been ordered by bankruptcy courts to create trust funds or lawsuit funds to pay claims to victims suffering mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Call our law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your initial, free consultation with our attorneys.