Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer found in the membrane lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart cavities, with more than 2,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. The primary cause of this cancer is repeated exposure to asbestos, naturally occurring minerals found in many commercial and industrial materials.
Items such as roofing shingles, floor tiles, and various cement compounds have been known to contain asbestos. These microscopic fibers are extremely durable, resistant to fire and most chemical breakdowns. Once inhaled, the fibers become lodged within the tissues of the lung, abdomen, and heart cavities causing cellular damage and eventually tumor growth, resulting in a diagnosis of mesothelioma.
In 1965, The American Law Institute laid the groundwork for a bevy of mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits by requiring employers to appropriately warn employees of the dangers of extended exposure to asbestos. The 1973 case Borel v. Fibreboard Paper was the first successful lawsuit to recognize an employer’s duty to an employee suffering from asbestos exposure and a diagnosis of mesothelioma. The plaintiff was awarded $1 million in damages.
In 2011 the Government Accountability Office reported that approximately $36.8 billion dollars had been paid into trusts for compensation to victims and their families, and as recent as 2013 the number of companies defending asbestos claims had exceeded 10,000.
Extended exposure to asbestos is the primary cause in 70-80% of all mesothelioma cases and as such, affected parties may be entitled to compensation for their damages and for the care of their families. Our personal injury lawyers can help you determine if you have a personal injury case. For more information, or for a free evaluation of your case, please call Bill Easterly & Associates, at (615) 244-2222.