Asbestos is a material that was used in a wide variety of industries from the mid-1900s through to the mid-1980s, when the product’s extreme toxicity became undeniable and the government established restrictions in its use and allowable exposure. The most common problem caused by exposure to asbestos is mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lungs. Mesothelioma has no known cure, and is not generally well treated by known cancer treatments. If you or a loved one has an illness caused by exposure to asbestos, you are entitled to compensation from the source of the exposure, whether that was your employer or another source. A lawsuit can be filed on your behalf by a mesothelioma attorney.
Many people worry that they are not able to collect damages for asbestos-related injuries because so many years have gone by since they were working or living in the environment where the damages took place, but special rules have been put in place for asbestos and mesothelioma. This is because mesothelioma doesn’t begin to appear until many years after the original exposure, sometimes as long as thirty to forty years later. While most personal injury cases have a statute of limitations that are based on the date of exposure or the date on which an injury or event took place, in the case of mesothelioma the clock doesn’t start ticking until the date of diagnosis.
Because there are so many special rules involved in asbestos-related cases, it is essential that you hire a lawyer who is familiar with all of the laws and rights that are involved. There are a variety of types of compensation available to victims of asbestos exposure, and these are determined by the severity of your case, the duration of your illness and other factors. Compensation can be awarded for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages (past and future), and more. After gathering documentation of your medical records and other important facts, your attorney will present the facts in court. If the case is decided in your favor, you may be awarded damages that include the cost of a caregiver, the cost of help with cleaning your house, any special equipment you may need, and more. Awards can also be recovered in the case of your death to help your loved ones with the cost of funeral arrangements, loss of income if they were dependent upon you, and more.