From the early 20th century, Seattle has been a center of commerce and industry. Many see asbestos and mesothelioma filings as attacks on the industries they’ve worked for their entire adults lives. What many don’t understand is that twenty years ago, those same people were betrayed by their employers. The threat of asbestos was well known, yet nothing was done to safeguard the health of employees.
Like many industrial products, asbestos use comes with a certain degree of risk. At issue is the notification to employees regarding this risk and the failure of companies to provide protective equipment. Caustic industrial chemicals demand the use of respirators and protective clothing. Some even demand showers before and after. The fibrous nature of asbestos would have been defeated by these basic countermeasures. Even appropriate ventilation could have reduced the individual impact of the material. When asbestos fibers damage the lungs, the damage is not singular, but cumulative. Continued exposure increases the risk of mesothelioma exponentially. As the body tries to repair damaged lung tissue, malformations in newly generated cells can cause cancerous growths. When those cancerous cells make their way to the outer lining of the lungs, the patient is said to have developed mesothelioma. This is a painful form of cancer that’s nearly impossible to treat.
Seattle Job Sites and Liability
Before we can begin the process of holding accountable those who victimized mesothelioma sufferers, we need to know when and where you were exposed. This process can be difficult, as the time between exposure and the development of symptoms can be substantial. We will use all of our resources to help you determine where you may have been exposed. To help you research before contacting us, we have made available our extensive list of local job sites that use or work with asbestos. If you may have been exposed at multiple locations, we’ll do our best to determine liability. Justice isn’t served if we target the wrong business. We take great pains to avoid those kinds of mistakes. A successful asbestos settlement is one that makes reasonable demands of the company or companies most liable for your damages.
Out of Court Agreements
The continued use of asbestos has forced many businesses to set aside certain funds solely for mesothelioma claims. These are typically used to cover defense costs, but occasionally defendants will dip into the financial pool to settle claims out of court. Not all asbestos cases are settled in this fashion. The great benefit is that this often means a rapid resolution of the case. For many, time is of the essence. That said, we believe that true justice comes only with the promise of ongoing stability for your family. Paying medical expenses is a wonderful start, but we have to remember that industry outright ignored your safety for their benefit. This isn’t a charge that can be alleviated simply by paying for the medical consequences.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please don’t hesitate to contact us.