It has long been known that working around certain kinds of asbestos can lead to a kind of cancer called mesothelioma. This cancer is incurable and has stricken several men and women who have worked in various industries, including construction, shipping, and other industrial occupations. For years, lawsuits have been aimed at the employers of those who contracted this disease. It is even possible to continue a lawsuit after the death of a person who contracted Mesothelioma due to their occupation.
Since the discovery of mesothelioma, an estimated 48,000 men and women have succumbed to the disease. Mesothelioma is an incurable type of cancer that has mainly been contracted by men and women who worked in the construction and shipbuilding industry. Another group reporting high instances of the disease are Navy veterans who spent time on asbestos filled vessels during the Second World War.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reports that annually, 4,500 people are diagnosed with this kind of cancer. It is caused by inhaling the fibers of the poisonous asbestos and attacks the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen. Though there is no cure for the disease, surgery, and chemotherapy treatments can help patients live longer lives with the disease.
If a loved one has contracted Mesothelioma and passed away, immediate family members may still be able to be compensated by filing lawsuits. The lawsuits will become wrongful-death lawsuits rather than personal injury lawsuits.
However, if you do decide to file suit, it is better to do it sooner than later. While many of the manufacturers of asbestos have filed bankruptcy since the lawsuit numbers soared, they were required by the federal government to set up trusts from which any claims can be paid. It should be noted that there are time limits in which to file a claim. Some states allow for up to five years after the first diagnosis while others allow for as little as 365 days.
If you or a loved one has contracted the rare, incurable cancer Mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys at John Foy & Associates. We will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.