Losing a loved one who had battled a devastating illness can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. No one wants to see someone they love and care about suffer and we want to do everything we can to help that person. In the worst cases, an illness is incurable and a death resulting from that condition is all but unavoidable.
In these situations, friends and family members can feel helpless and stricken by grief. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to replace a lost loved one, but there are steps that spouses, parents or children can take to make sure that any party responsible for that loss is held accountable for a wrongful death.
That is why many family members of mesothelioma victims choose to take legal action against a negligent party. Mesothelioma has long been linked to high levels of asbestos exposure; often, this exposure was suffered decades ago and a victim generally had no idea of the dangers he or she would be faced with years down the line. This is because manufacturers of asbestos products or employers in certain dustries failed to take the appropriate steps to warn people and protect them from toxic exposure.
One such case of a family member taking action involves a woman who filed a claim against numerous companies she argues are responsible for the death of her husband after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The man worked in various jobs spanning three decades and during that time, his wife said, he was exposed to asbestos without his knowledge and without proper protection.
The woman is seeking recompense for the loss of her husband. She is pursuing compensation related to pain and suffering, medical expenses, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, among other damages.
Victims of mesothelioma and their families can suffer enormously as a result of this diagnosis. Taking legal action to pursue financial damages cannot undo this, but it can provide people with a sense that justice has been served and the financial support they need and deserve.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Spouse of deceased worker files asbestos suit,” Andrew Stevens, Aug. 12, 2014