According to leading health experts, more than 125 million people are known to have been exposed to asbestos and more than 80 percent of them are either already suffering from clinical mesothelioma or still developing the cancer in their bodies. If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and are sure you might already have symptoms of mesothelioma, you definitely would want redress for your condition. Belluck & Fox, LLP offers you your best chance of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit and seeking redress for your sufferings.
The History of Lawsuits related to Asbestos Exposure
If you think you are the first one to file a lawsuit regarding your asbestos exposure-related mesothelioma you will be surprised to find out that the very first lawsuit filed against companies that manufacture asbestos was in 1929. It was never publicly known way back then because the defendant manufacturers settled the case with the plaintiffs. By the time an article was published in 1960 establishing the direct causal relationship between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, countless individuals have already filed mesothelioma lawsuits against companies and other entities that were directly or indirectly responsible for their exposure. The rest, as you may know, is history.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma, as we have already said, is a type of cancer that affects the layer of tissues of many organs. The mesothelium is a layer of cells that line the serous cavities found in the human body. Pleural mesothelioma develops when the microscopic fibers of asbestos, owing to their abrasive nature, scrape and puncture the inner surface of the pleura and moves towards the outer surface known as the parietal pleura. Over time, the resulting cellular irritation leads to an irreversible change in the genetic makeup of the cells. This leads to neoplastic growth which essentially starts the cancerous process. When asbestos fibers from the lungs are somehow moved towards the peritoneum through the lymphatic system, peritoneal mesothelioma can develop. If there is a direct mechanical transfer of asbestos fibers from the pleura to the pericardial sac, then pericardial mesothelioma can occur.
Why File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
You have to understand that mesothelioma is unlike any other cancer. Studies show that more than 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases are brought about by exposure to asbestos. The other important thing to remember is that you don’t actually have to work in a company that manufactures asbestos and asbestos-containing products. There are numerous studies that even communities and towns that are near asbestos manufacturing and processing plants are exposed to these particles. What really makes them especially harmful is that the fibers, especially the microscopic ones, tend to float and stay in the air for much longer periods of time. This gives it the capability to enter the lungs of any person who breathes the asbestos-filled air.
Everyone has the right to breathe safe air. Otherwise, if the air that you are breathing is unsafe and the reason why it isn’t safe is that a company failed to manage its asbestos production in a safe manner, then it is safe to say that that company has been negligent in its duty to ensure a safe product.
Mesothelioma lawsuits are always classified under personal injury cases. However, since one of the ultimate results of mesothelioma is death, then the issue can become more complicated.
Historically, companies that have been on the receiving end of mesothelioma lawsuits opted for an out-of-court settlement since studies have mountains of evidence showing the direct relationship between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. In many cases where the plaintiff did not seek the assistance of a mesothelioma lawyer, the compensation was far less than the amount that he would have otherwise received if he had a lawyer. The reason is simple. Companies don’t want to pay as much since they want to minimize their losses. Many also employ dirty tactics to make sure you get the lowest possible deal.
This is why you will need a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma lawsuits. They offer the best chance of getting the best deal to compensate for your losses. And in cases where companies don’t want to concede to your demands, then your lawyer can always elevate the case to the courts.