The Danger of Asbestos

The danger of asbestos was identified by the medical community in the 1920s and is the result of asbestos fibers becoming airborne, inhaled, and lodged in the lungs, even penetrating tissues. Unfortunately, many of those exposed to asbestos have developed a deadly condition called Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. It affects the thin, protective membrane surrounding the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity. An estimated 3,000 cases annually are diagnosed in the United States. The average age at the time of diagnosis is between 65 and 72 years old.

While asbestos is not yet banned in the US, it is regulated as a result of the Clean Air Act of 1970 with many uses forbidden under the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act). However, its use over time has significantly declined. In 2010, the use of asbestos to line automotive brakes was effectively banned beginning in 2014.

Asbestos Lawsuits

Lawsuits were first filed in the 1970s on behalf of those exposed to asbestos and afflicted with mesothelioma. Litigation continues today. These are complex cases with a certain burden of proof to establish not only the extent of the disease but also the causal link. Because the disease can be latent for as many as 20-50 years (present but without recognizable symptoms), this can involve extensive investigation to document the originating source. Sadly, due to this extremely long latency period, mesothelioma is often fatal within a year of diagnosis. Many cases are classified as Wrongful Death suits filed by the family on behalf of the decedent.

While every case is unique, the average trial award for an asbestos and mesothelioma case is $2.4 million. The highly respected Mealey’s Litigation Report published in 2016 estimates the average settlement amount to be between $1 million to $1.4 million, although all settlements are confidential.

Federal Asbestos Claims

Federal asbestos trust money has been set aside to compensate workers who have been exposed to asbestos. If you or a family member worked in any of the following industries or occupations, you may be entitled to compensation. This is not at all an inclusive list, as there are workers across many different jobs and industries that may have been exposed to asbestos.

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Child Suffers Brain Damage

Settlement for a child who suffered severe oxygen deprivation and brain damage when the nurses failed to monitor her tube feeding, leading to the child aspirating her feeding. A nurse also had removed the oxygen monitor so it did not sound an alarm.
$1,000,000+

Defective Hip Implant Verdicts

$1,000,000+ in recoveries for defective hip implants. The cumulative recovery exceeds 1 million.
$300,000

Unauthorized Enemas Leading to Lifelong Damage

Settlement for victim given multiple unauthorized enemas within several hours causing a perforated bowel. This resulted in our client having to have a colostomy for the remainder of her life.
$360,000

Drug Causes Severe Kidney & Muscle Damage

Settlement for victim who took drug for several weeks and suffered severe kidney and muscle damage. The drug was ultimately recalled.
$292,500

Hospital Patient Develops Bedsores

Settlement recovery for hospital victim who developed bedsores on his back while a patient in the hospital.
$262,500

Victim Suffers Infection After Hip Replacement

Settlement obtained for victim admitted to the hospital following infection in recently replaced hip. While in the hospital he was not appropriately turned and re-positioned and he developed a large bedsore on his back which reached down to the bone.

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