If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and has learned that exposure has led to a catastrophic illness, you need to understand your legal rights and options. In many cases, it is possible to file a lawsuit, but some people shy away from this decision.
If you or a loved one served in the U.S. Navy, worked in shipbuilding or were employed as a longshoreman, you should understand the risks of asbestos exposure. The men and women who worked in these capacities often came into contact with the toxic material and this exposure could have devastating consequences.
There is no doubt that construction work comes with some very obvious on-the-job hazards, from working high off the ground to using heavy and powerful machinery. However, some of the most dangerous risks of construction work are too small to even see.
Mesothelioma is a devastating illness; there is no doubt about that. It is aggressive and requires aggressive treatments to help sufferers cope with the painful and serious symptoms. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are ways of extending a person's life by slowing the progression of the illness.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, the use of asbestos in products is not completely banned in the United States. Many parts and materials that contain asbestos continue to be used in products that people come into contact with regularly.
In our last post, we discussed the impact that a history of smoking could have on asbestos lawsuits filed by victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer. In that post, which can be read here, we noted that it is still possible to pursue successful claims for compensation from parties who made asbestos or employers who were negligent in protecting employees from exposure to the toxic material, even if a victim also smoked.
Making the decision to file a personal injury claim is not something that people typically do on a whim. There are a number of considerations that any person will likely take into account before deciding if they can and want to file a legal claim for compensation. Unfortunately, people can make assumptions about their situation that lead them to believe they cannot file a lawsuit.
Asbestos is a mineral that was used extensively in the United States for much of the 20th century in everything from building materials to brake pads.
There are some jobs that require workers to handle or be in the presence of unsafe materials. This exposure can be all but unavoidable. But when workers are exposed to a toxic substance or dangerous product at work, it is critical that they have access to protective equipment that can keep them safe.
When it comes to legal and medical issues related to asbestos, time can be one of the biggest challenges. There are a number of complications that time can present, and it is important for victims of asbestos-related illnesses and their families to know what they may be up against.