Some victims of asbestos exposure have little idea about what to do after they receive an asbestos-related diagnosis. Asbestos-related diseases are rare, incurable illnesses that affect not only the exposed individual, but their family and friends as well.
After an asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related diagnosis, you or a family member might be anxiously anticipating high medical bills, time lost at work, and other financial and emotional hurdles. In most cases, victims are eager to see those responsible for their disease held accountable for the actions that led to their exposure.
Many patients diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease were exposed to the dangerous carcinogen at work, where employers failed to inform them about the dangers of asbestos, or did not train them to adequately handle the substance. American auto mechanics, construction workers, teachers, and more have been at risk for asbestos exposure at work for decades. Since the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can take years to appear -- and sometimes decades -- time is of the essence for patients looking to file a lawsuit.
It is not only workers filing asbestos lawsuits against their employers. Family members or those that live with workers exposed to asbestos on the job are at risk for asbestos-related diseases as well. Husbands, wives, and children can also file an asbestos lawsuit on behalf of a lost loved one. Every case is unique, so speaking with an experienced asbestos attorney sooner than later is a good idea.