If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-caused illness such as mesothelioma, asbestosis or other related lung cancer, you may be stunned at first and next focus on immediate concerns such as treatment and care options. But once you get past the initial shock, you likely want answers and that’s understandable. You may also wonder if you’re eligible for an asbestos class action lawsuit.
The first question most victims ask is “How did this happen?” When it comes to mesothelioma, the answer is that you (or your loved one) were intentionally exposed to a substance that corporations have long-known caused cancer. Studies linking asbestos to terminal lung cancer first emerged nearly 100 years ago. And when there’s widespread corporate corruption and cover-up that causes harm, there must be accountability.
Were Corporations Responsible for Harming Workers with Asbestos?
When corporations put profits before people and put workers in harm’s way, they should have to answer for this behavior – especially when it causes the deaths of over 100,000 workers as mesothelioma has done. Even when caught red handed, it’s very rare that corporations will apologize and compensate their victims. Instead, they go into cover up mode and vigorously avoid doing the right thing.
This is exactly what has happened with asbestos and mesothelioma. For years, corporations commissioned studies hoping to disprove links between asbestos (a cheap, readily available fire-retardant material) and illness. What their research showed instead was verifiable proof that exposure to asbestos caused terminal illnesses.
But rather than changing their behavior based on the results, corporations blocked publication of research, scuttled data and continued to promote the use of asbestos because it drove bottom line profits. For decades after they knew asbestos was toxic, companies continued to use it in plant construction, fireproofing materials, ships, auto parts, housing materials and a myriad of other components.
How Can Corporations Be Held Accountable for Asbestos Exposure?
In many cases of corporate abuse of workers or consumers, those affected can join together in what’s known as a class action lawsuit. This is appropriate when a large group of people are similarly affected by a corporate product or action and victims can sue together and split the damages proportionately.
However, when it comes to mesothelioma, there is one major reason that an asbestos class action lawsuit is not the answer. That reason is unpredictability. Given two workers laboring side by side for decades at the same job, both equally exposed to the same levels of asbestos, one may develop terminal mesothelioma and the other may not.
Workers who brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes and unknowingly exposed their families may never develop cancer, but we’ve seen cases where a spouse that handled work clothes developed mesothelioma as a result. With asbestos, exposure can be deadly for one and cause no effect in another. For class action lawsuits to be effective there must be consistent predictable outcomes.
If a Class Action Lawsuit Isn’t an Option, How Are Asbestos Victims Compensated?
Because every mesothelioma case is unique, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this terrible illness, you need a reputable law firm that has extensive experience with asbestos cases. Asbestos exposure victims are best served by an individual lawsuit that covers your unique circumstances. You don’t need a class action lawsuit – you need an experienced attorney who will work just for you.
Bergman Draper Oslund has decades of experience with asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Over our years of successful asbestos litigation, we have compiled extensive records of corporations responsible for exposing workers to asbestos all over the country. Armed with this database, our experts will review your work history in an effort to pinpoint where you were likely exposed to the asbestos that caused your illness (or the illness of your loved one).
If you worked in a particularly high-risk industry (construction, shipbuilding, railroad, refineries, automotive, etc.) you may have been exposed on more than one job site. This is why an extensive review of your employment background and medical records is necessary.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us as soon as possible to get started on your claim. Bergman Draper Oslund has an impressive track record of over $700 million in settlements won for our clients. Put our decades of experience in asbestos law to work for you. Our expertise is yours for the asking. We are here to help. Contact us today.