Mesothelioma diagnoses—and mesothelioma lawsuits—are expected to continue through 2025
Mesothelioma is a devastating type of cancer whose only known cause is asbestos exposure. It can take decades for the cancerous lung tumors that characterize mesothelioma to grow to a size where the disease can be diagnosed. This is why we are continuing to see new diagnoses and new mesothelioma lawsuits despite the fact that asbestos was banned from many applications in 1978. Based on actuarial tables, experts say that the incidence of mesothelioma will level off in 2020 or 2025.
What to Do If You Are Diagnosed
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to consider when, where, and how you may have been exposed to asbestos. For example, maybe you worked in an occupation that exposed you to asbestos, such as shipbuilding or construction. Or perhaps a family member worked with asbestos and brought asbestos dust home on their work clothes.
In many cases, employers and manufacturers can be found liable for the damages relating to mesothelioma because they allowed victims to be exposed to asbestos despite being fully aware of the dangers of this substance. If you can establish that someone else’s negligence caused your mesothelioma, you should definitely consider participating in a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Recent Mesothelioma Verdicts
There have been many mesothelioma cases since the 1970s, resulting in significant compensation for injured victims and the families of deceased victims. For example, two mesothelioma cases were recently decided in Boston. In both cases, the defendant was New England Insulation, a company that supplied asbestos-containing insulation until the early 1970s.
The first plaintiff was Gerald Sylvestre, a power plant operator who worked in southern New Hampshire. Sylvestre was exposed to asbestos during the installation, maintenance, and repairs of insulation at his workplace. The other plaintiff was Timothy Ross. Starting at age 12, Ross spent summers working for his neighbor’s small insulation business. He installed asbestos-containing insulation on boilers around the Boston area from 1965 to 1978.
In both cases, the asbestos insulation was supplied by New England Insulation. The plaintiffs’ attorneys showed that the company was aware of the dangers of asbestos as early as the mid-1960s, yet they continued to supply asbestos-containing installation. This was the basis for liability. Sylvestre was awarded $7.55 million and Ross’s family was awarded $6.8 million in damages.
Need Help with a Mesothelioma Case?
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we work with a nationally recognized team of law firms to handle mesothelioma lawsuits and other cases involving medical conditions caused by corporate negligence. We’ve helped thousands of clients fight big corporations and win millions of dollars in compensation, and we can help you too. Contact us at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation.