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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Our Case Results

$100,000

Settlement For Motorcycle Accident in Pasco

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to distracted drivers on the road. Our client was in a medically induced coma for three weeks after a motorcycle crash in Pasco County. He endured several fractures in his face, hand and leg, all requiring surgery. By the time the client was awake, we had recovered full liability limits of the at faul... read more?

$250,000

Resident at Nursing Home Becomes Malnourished & Dehydrated

Settlement recovered for a nursing home resident who sustained multiple falls, fractured arm, developed infections, bedsores on back and heels, and became malnourished and dehydrated.

$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.

$257,500

Victim Injured in Crash with Rock Hauler

Settlement for victim in significant crash with a rock hauler that ran a red light. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and suffered multiple fractures, abrasions and facial wounds.

$19,500,000

Tobacco Trial Verdict

Our firm, along with co-counsel, earned a $19.5 million total verdict in Pasco County against a big tobacco company on behalf of a family who lost a wonderful husband and father to smoking-related illness.

$250,000

Verdict For Lung Injuries After Vehicle Fire

Settlement for victim who sustained significant lung injuries when her car caught fire. Our investigation revealed a known defect in the electrical system. The case was against the vehicle manufacturer.

$150,000

Car Accident Settlement

Settlement obtained for a client who was at a complete stop when another driver reversed into her car. Our client suffered shoulder and back injuries as a result of the accident.

$60,000

Driver Fractures Arm in Auto Accident

Recovery for driver who fractured her arm in a car accident while she was visiting family in Florida from out of state.

$135,000

Trip and Fall at Wholesale Club

Our premise liability team was able to secure $135,000 for a client who tripped and fell over a rug at a popular wholesale club.

$1,350,000

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Grocery Store Parking Lot

Our wrongful death attorneys obtained this cumulative settlement for a family who suffered a terrible loss. Our client was simply walking to his car in a grocery store parking lot when he was tragically hit and killed by a reckless driver who ran a stop sign.

$250,000

Motorcycle Driver Hit by U-Turning Car

Recovery for motorcycle driver hit when a car made improper U-turn in front of him. The victim was ejected from the bike hitting the vehicle and falling to the pavement. He suffered shoulder injury resulting in arthroscopic surgery, abrasions, open arm fracture, fracture of the thumb requiring surgery and bruising to his upper ribs.

$1,000,000+

Defective Hip Implant Verdicts

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

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

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Contact Our Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorneys

Have you or a loved one work with or around products containing asbestos for at least five years prior to 1982?  Our asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys may be able to investigate and pursue your potential claim.

If you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos and mesothelioma, contact The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378 to speak with an attorney who can help.

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