Mesothelioma is largely caused by asbestos. In rare cases, other factors have been known to cause the disease such as radiation treatments for other cancers. Cancer occurs when your DNA is damaged causing cells to mutate and grow out of control. But more commonly, mesothelioma and related diseases are associated with asbestos exposure. This leads us to ask: Are asbestos companies always to blame for mesothelioma, asbestos cancer and asbestosis?
The answer is maybe yes – maybe no. With personal injury claims, which mesothelioma is an example of, to pursue compensation we must establish liability – or responsibility – for the damage done to you or your loved one. This hinges on actions taken deliberately or actions deliberately not taken. This can include recklessness, carelessness, negligence or intentional harm.
It may not be simple to know at a glance who is responsible for your sickness, but Bergman Draper Oslund can help.
Who Is Responsible for Your Mesothelioma?
Most people who develop mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos cancer are exposed to asbestos on the job. This may lead to the assumption that it’s your employer that is responsible for your cancer or other asbestos illness and the toll it has taken on your health, but in most cases it’s usually much more complicated than that.
In Washington state, you can’t sue your employer. If you are hurt on the job, a workers compensation or DLI claim is the usual order of business. But with asbestos cases, generally you look at the supplier or manufacturer that produced the materials that exposed you because they are most likely to have been aware that they were promoting the use of a dangerous product that was putting people at risk.
What If the Company Has Gone Out of Business?
You may wonder what happens if the supplier or manufacturer of the asbestos or asbestos-laced product that made you sick has gone out of business. Or what if they sold the company to someone else? Does the new company assume the legal liability for the company they bought making them liable for your mesothelioma damages? Maybe or maybe not.
What if the company that supplied the asbestos tainted products filed for bankruptcy? Does that mean they can avoid being held responsible for making workers like you sick? Not necessarily. What if it’s a combination of these and they were bought and then the new owners went out of business or filed bankruptcy? There are many questions when it comes to the fate of an asbestos claim.
How Can You Get the Answers You Need About Mesothelioma?
You no doubt noticed that we offer up more questions than answers in this article. Here’s why. Every mesothelioma case is unique. If you’ve worked in more than one company in a high asbestos risk industry or in more than one high asbestos risk industry, figuring out which one to pursue for liability is complicated. If you’ve never worked with an asbestos related product but developed mesothelioma, there may still be a workplace connection or second hand exposure from a loved one.
At Bergman Draper Oslund, we’ve been handling mesothelioma cases for decades. We have compiled extensive research about workplace exposure sites and which companies are liable for compensation to workers they’ve made sick. We can help you find the answers you’re looking for, but to do that, we need to talk to you and find out your particular circumstances and work history. From there, we can help you pursue compensation for what was done to you and hold those responsible accountable!
Contact Bergman Draper Oslund for Help
We have helped thousands of asbestos victims recover compensation. We’ve recovered over $700 million for our mesothelioma clients and are ready to help you. Let us take care of figuring out who is responsible for your illness and pursuing them on your behalf while you focus on your health. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact Bergman Draper Oslund for a free consultation and the answers you deserve.