It’s no secret that asbestos is capable of causing dangerous, life-threatening health problems that can alter the lives of those exposed to it and their families. The onset of such diseases, such as mesothelioma, often angers individuals who were unaware that employers and product manufacturers were putting them at risk for developing the disease.
What’s worse is that the companies who were responsible for asbestos exposure knew that the fibers were extremely deadly, but continued to use it anyway due to a long latency period before adverse affects arose. Additionally, asbestos was a cheaper option for many manufacturers and employers than other alternatives.
Not only was the decision to continuing exposing people to asbestos careless and irresponsible, but many employers refused to even take cautionary steps to reduce the amounts of exposure in the workplace. As a result, countless people have battled intense cancers and respiratory diseases, and many have died as a result of those illnesses.
Individuals and families of individuals who have become ill because of asbestos exposure may be entitled to financial compensation for their suffering.
To make a claim for asbestos exposure, it’s important to first get help from a qualified attorney with experience in cases that deal with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Once you make your claim, one of two events may occur that will affect the outcome of your case. First, the company responsible for risking your health by exposing you to asbestos may make an offer to you to settle your case outside of court. At this time, you may take the settlement, attempt to negotiate it or decline the settlement altogether.
If you decline the settlement or the company you file a claim against does not make an offer to you, the next step involves taking you case to trial. If the jury finds in your favor, you can expect to receive a compensation judgment that takes into account all of your losses due to the exposure.
It’s important to note that whether you take a settlement or receive a judgment, the amount you receive will be in direct relation to both your monetary and non-financial losses.
Financial Damages Due to Asbestos Exposure
The financial damages you have incurred, are incurring and are projected to incur as a result of your asbestos exposure may include a loss of income due to an inability to work, a loss of savings or increase in debt due to expensive medical bills, and the costs you’ve incurred as a result of not being able to care for your family and household. This may include paying another person or company for lawn services, cleaning services, child care, meal delivery and other services needed to maintain the duties you were previously responsible for before developing an asbestos-related illness or disability.
Pain and Suffering Due to Asbestos Exposure
It is difficult to financially compensate for the grief, stress and absolute emotional agony that asbestos-related diseases can inflict on a victim and his or her family. As lawyers, we refer to this as Emotional Distress and/or Loss of Consortium, and we know very well that money is no consolation for mental, social and emotional damages. Despite that fact, we do everything we can to make sure that our clients receive adequate financial compensation for their distress.
Emotional Distress and Loss of Consortium claims and judgments force companies who are in the wrong to financially accept their wrongdoing and help ensure that the families of their victims are financially secure in spite of their pain.
The lawyers at our firm are experienced in calculating correct estimations of economic and non-economic losses for our clients. Though the results of each case vary, we work tirelessly to help ensure the best possible outcome for each person affected by company negligence and asbestos exposure.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of asbestos exposure and have since developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact us immediately. We want to help you recover the damages owed to you.