People who suffer from diseases are often referred to as “victims” – victims of heart disease, cancer, or depression, for example. In this sense, patients with mesothelioma are also victims.
In fact, mesothelioma is almost always the result of a negligent or willful misdeed by another person. For this reason, people with mesothelioma are victims in the truest sense of the word.
Documents submitted as exhibits in court – such as the Sumner Simpson Papers –demonstrate clearly that the hazards of asbestos exposure were not only known but hidden from the public by the asbestos companies. As a consequence, millions of people were exposed to asbestos.
Mesothelioma Victims and High-Risk Occupations
Mesothelioma victims are most often exposed to asbestos at work. Steel workers, fire fighters, electricians, plasterers, shipyard workers, mechanics, construction workers, pipe fitters, and Navy veterans are just some of the high-risk occupations that include unusually high numbers of mesothelioma victims. Family members of asbestos workers have also become victims of mesothelioma after inhaling deadly asbestos dust carried into the home on a worker’s hair or clothing.
Mesothelioma Victims and Workplace Safety Regulations
Although the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma was known for decades, the government didn’t regulate asbestos in the workplace until the 1970s. Early legislation provided a starting point to protect workers, but the damage was already done for mesothelioma victims whose illness wasn’t discovered until 20, 30, or 40 years after exposure to asbestos on the job.
Laws have limited its uses, but asbestos can still be found in many old buildings and products. Experts predict that we will continue to see new mesothelioma victims for many years to come.
Help for Mesothelioma Victims
Victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease and their families do have options when it comes to holding the asbestos companies accountable for their actions. To protect your legal rights and get the mesothelioma compensation you need – and deserve – call Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Take mesothelioma legal action today and sleep better tonight