Filing an asbestos lawsuit allows victims of cancer and asbestos exposure to hold accountable the companies who caused their diseases. A mesothelioma lawsuit is a type of civil lawsuit filed in state court. Typically, a mesothelioma lawsuit is filed on behalf of a person or the family of a person who has been diagnosed with a cancer or illness caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure
Asbestos, a mineral the World Health Organization has classified as a human carcinogen, is the only known cause of mesothelioma. This mineral was a popular choice of companies that wanted their products to be durable and fire resistant throughout the twentieth century. However, the health dangers of asbestos exposure were known by companies that used asbestos as early as 1930s. Yet, they remained silent and used asbestos anyway.
Hundreds of asbestos companies made the choice to poison hundreds of thousands of American workers, their families and consumers. As a result, it’s fair to say, anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos and most often that exposure resulted from their job or a family member’s job.
Asbestos exposure may have happened when workers encountered products that contained asbestos. For example, auto mechanics could have installed asbestos brakes, drywallers may have used asbestos-containing joint compound, pipefitters could have encountered asbestos while cutting asbestos cement pipes, and it’s even possible for workers like managers who didn’t work directly with asbestos products, but were around others who did, to also be exposed. The list of asbestos products workers could have encountered goes on and on.