Mesothelioma is almost always contracted from exposure to asbestos fibers. In many cases, that exposure occurs as the result of careless or negligent behavior on the behalf of an employer or a manufacturer of dangerous, asbestos containing products. When a company is responsible for the development of serious illnesses in their employees or consumers, they are often held accountable by law.
Anyone who has developed mesothelioma because of the carelessness of an employer or distributor of asbestos containing products may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Lawsuits filed against an employer for negligent behavior fall under the category of Worker’s Compensation, and are typically settled within a year. A lawsuit filed against one or more manufacturers or distributors of asbestos products, on the other hand, is considered third party litigation and could take longer to conclude.
Victories against negligent employers and manufacturers are becoming more commonplace. With each new successful lawsuit further evidences of negligent companies’ irresponsible behaviors and unconscionable practices are more thoroughly uncovered. Medical evidences of the link between asbestos and mesothelioma, as well as public awareness and sympathy are on the rise, too. While just a few decades ago the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma was still debated, nowadays organizations like the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency, and the United Nation’s World Health Organization all officially recognize the link and warn against the dangers of asbestos.
More than half of a million asbestos exposure related legal battles have taken place, involving several thousand different defendants. While billions of dollars have already been awarded to victims of negligent practices across the United States, analysts speculate that as much as $200 billion could eventually be spent before asbestos litigation substantially declines. Many large companies have already come to terms with the inescapable realities of their irresponsible pasts – with some going so far as to allocate funds and establish standard procedures for settling with legitimate claimants.
If you or someone that you know has been harmed by exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.