Mesothelioma is a rare and incurable disease caused by asbestos exposure. Many of the thousands of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma each year were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos at their place of work. Today, retired workers are dying from mesothelioma, every day.
Those diagnosed with the disease often seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and--sometimes--loss. Whether the worker is still alive or it is a grieving family member that seeks legal help, many often succeed.
Recently 11 plaintiffs were awarded a total of $90 million. The awards ranged from $4 million to $15 million each. All of the plaintiffs were family members of those exposed to asbestos from the Johns Manville Company. Some of the victims had been employees at the company, while others had been exposed to asbestos on the clothing of those who worked there.
While the dangers of asbestos and it's link to respiratory illness was known by many asbestos companies, workers were unaware of the hazards it would pose to their health over time.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to occupational exposure, you might be eligible for compensation, as well. There are experienced mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys ready to fight for your rights.