According to the Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (OLPA), more than 700,000 mesothelioma claims have been filed over the past 40 years.
When a victim files a mesothelioma claim against a company or companies for asbestos-related injuries, it is the first step in a legal process that may ultimately end in a mesothelioma verdict, the official decision handed to the court by the jury in a case of asbestos-related injury. However, in order to obtain a mesothelioma verdict, a mesothelioma lawsuit needs to be filed against the entity or entities responsible for a victim’s exposure to asbestos.
A favorable mesothelioma verdict may result in a monetary award that can help you pay for medical treatment expenses, replace lost income, and provide loved ones with financial security. It can also provide the victim with an opportunity to hold accountable those parties whose negligent behavior led to an asbestos-related injury such as mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines mesothelioma as a rare, malignant type of cancer in the lining of the chest, abdomen, and other organs as well. This cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos particles, a fireproof substance frequently used by industry and the U.S. military during most of the 20th century.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can present up to 50 years after the time of asbestos exposure, so people who are diagnosed with this disease may not link it to its original cause. However, an experienced asbestos attorney will research the trail of liability in order to build a client’s case so that a favorable mesothelioma verdict can be obtained at trial.
Help for Mesothelioma Victims
If you were exposed to asbestos on the job or elsewhere and your employer or the manufacturer of the asbestos products hid the fact that asbestos was dangerous, or failed to protect you from its adverse health effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Many companies continued to use asbestos in manufacturing even after it was discovered to be a carcinogen.
A lawsuit brought against a liable company may result in a favorable mesothelioma verdict on your behalf, awarding you substantial compensation to help pay expensive medical bills for necessary treatments.
If you or a loved one are ready to file a mesothelioma claim, contact Seeger Weiss LLP for a free consultation today so we may begin to evaluate your case.