Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families
I am very upset that my uncle now has mesothelioma because he was exposed to asbestos at his job. Can he file a lawsuit against his former employer?
When the effects of being exposed to asbestos were first revealed to manufacturers and users of the material, it did not deter them from using it in certain areas of the construction industry. They would eventually make a costly mistake because they ignored the warnings and continued to use the material, disregarding the health and well-being of their employees. Individuals were continually exposed to asbestos on a daily basis when they were working and breathing in the dust particles and fibers of the material.
Currently, there are between 2,000 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma reported annually and there is concern that those numbers will dramatically increase based on the incubation or latency period of anywhere from 20 to 50 years. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to damages and be compensated for developing the disease because of your exposure to asbestos on the job.