Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. | December 13, 2016 | Wrongful Death
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that damages the lining of internal organs, for instance, the lungs, stomach, and heart. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, only medication that can mitigate the side-effects. Mesothelioma primarily develops in people who were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. This post will go over how you may recover damages for the death of your loved one due to mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma results when asbestos particles enter the body. The molecules stick to the lining of organs and begin to break them down. According to the American Cancer Society, there are around 3,000 diagnosed cases a year.
Most mesothelioma claims result from asbestos exposure, therefore, many victims or their families may seek recovery from the entity that exposed their loved one to asbestos. Depending on the nature of the exposure and how the victim was exposed will determine the method by which they may seek recovery.
Most mesothelioma cases are caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Under this scenario, the victim files an occupational safety claim (workers’ compensation or similar system). Usually, the employer will have a dedicated fund that the victim may draw from, once sufficient proof is submitted.
In all other scenarios, the victim files a general liability claim. These cases are rarer because most people who suffer from mesothelioma developed it in the workplace.
Mesothelioma cases are complicated to litigate, but there are multiple ways to get compensation. The loss of a loved one terrible. If you believe your loved one died due to mesothelioma, you may want to speak to an attorney; you could be entitled to compensation. Wrongful death suits are complex, and a lawyer can help.