People who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness have a number of very complicated questions that need to be addressed, from what type of care they may need to how they will provide for their families during a time of illness and in the event of their death.
As overwhelming as all this can be, there is an additional concern that asbestos exposure victims and their loved ones also need to consider: whether legal action may be appropriate. Unfortunately, many people are misled into thinking that they cannot take legal action or made to feel as though their claim is fraudulent. However, in this post, we want to remind people that filing a claim for compensation can be an option for every person or family hurt by asbestos exposure.
One reason that people may hesitate when it comes to pursuing an asbestos claim stems from media and political arguments that many such claims are based on fraud. In this article we wrote on our website, we discussed one political move that was put into motion to address apparent fraud in legal claims. However, data suggests that only about 0.35 percent of asbestos trust payouts are erroneous.
On the other hand, it may be much more common to learn about fraud on the part of defendants who knowingly violated state and federal asbestos regulations and did not inform others of the potential dangers of exposure. In one recent case, for example, a man was found guilty of failing to properly remove asbestos, failing hire people properly trained in abatement and failing to dispose of the toxic material appropriately.
Blaming victims or misleading them in regards to their legal actions is sadly not uncommon when it comes to personal injury claims. When it comes to asbestos claims in particular, those at fault may try especially hard to deny liability to avoid making payments to victims.
People who have been hurt as a result of negligent or reckless asbestos practices should remember that they have the right to discuss their case with an attorney. Rather than rely on the word or advice of people who are unfamiliar with the details of an individual case, victims and their families are encouraged to reach out and speak with a lawyer who understands the specific options and challenges of asbestos litigation.