For years, Asbestos was used in hundreds of households, commercial, and military objects. Asbestos was linked to mesothelioma, a rare disease that grows in the lining of cells in the chest and abdominal cavities, in the early 1960s.
Medical studies later discovered that around 80% of all patients who acquired mesothelioma had a history of occupational exposure to asbestos-containing items or had lived with someone exposed to it at work. The connection between the two is now so well-established that they are assumed to be one-to-one.
Asbestos refers to six minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers that may be broken into thin, resistant threads for industrial and commercial use. These fibers do not conduct electricity and are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. As a result of these characteristics, Asbestos is now widely used in various industries.
Asbestos lawsuits may be appropriate for you and your loved ones if your family has been affected by Asbestos side effects. If you were exposed to Asbestos and developed mesothelioma or Asbestosis, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. If the disease results in the death of a loved one, you are entitled to sue a wrongful death claim for compensation.
When several claims are resolved simultaneously in a single court trial, it is known as a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are frequently filed in faulty product cases where there may be hundreds or thousands of prospective claimants.
In a mesothelioma-talcum powder lawsuit, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury gave Philip Depoian an $18 million verdict in 2016. Depoian was exposed to talcum powder items containing Asbestos used at the barbershop where his father worked.
Filing Asbestos lawsuits can be complicated for various reasons, many of which are due to problems in either proving that exposure occurred or the expiration of the Asbestos claims time limit (statute of limitations). Although these issues may present barriers that are difficult to overcome, these issues can often be resolved by experienced legal counsel. Medlegal360 can provide you with more details on how to manage your Asbestos lawsuits.