Victims who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses because of asbestos exposure can pursue an asbestos case to seek compensation for their losses and suffering. An asbestos case can also be filed by family members or loved ones of those who have been killed from an asbestos-related injury.
Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos, a naturally produced mineral, is harmful when its fibers enter the air and are either ingested or inhaled by an exposed victim. The harmful consequences of asbestos exposure may not manifest in physical symptoms or full-blown disease for decades following the initial contact. For this reason, an asbestos case may be filed years after the asbestos exposure took place.
Every year, mesothelioma, a form of cancer that has been strongly linked to asbestos exposure, claims the lives of 10,000 people. Other asbestos-related illnesses may include lung cancer, asbestosis, gastrointestinal cancer, respiratory complications, and more .
Liable Parties in Asbestos Cases
The defendants in an asbestos case are those parties who are responsible for the asbestos exposure, which may include:
An employer who failed to protect his/her worker from dangerous levels of asbestos. Asbestos can be found in the construction and building industry, the maritime and shipyard environment, in factories that manufacture asbestos containing products, in the automotive industry, in mines, and a variety of other occupational industries.
The manufacturers of asbestos containing products. Over 3,000 products are known to contain asbestos. Many asbestos containing products have been pulled from the market or modified so that they do not contain asbestos. The health threats regarding asbestos are so well documented that a company who knowingly produces a product that puts consumers at risk can be held liable for any damages caused by their product in an asbestos case.
Landlords and leasing agents may also be the defendants in an asbestos case if they fail to protect their tenants and other building occupants from harmful asbestos exposure.
How to Begin an Asbestos Case
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an asbestos-related illness or death, it is wise to seek the early advice of a qualified and experienced asbestos lawyer who can determine your eligibility to file an asbestos case. This legal professional can build and pursue a strong asbestos case while protecting and maximizing your legal rights. In an asbestos case, victims can receive compensation for all related medical expenses, loss of income or earning capacity, pain and suffering, and any other losses that have occurred as a result of an asbestos-related illness.