Since the first successful asbestos lawsuit was filed in 1969, thousands of American workers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease have brought a case against their employers or the manufacturers of asbestos products.
According to documents uncovered by attorneys in these cases, asbestos companies knew about the hazards of asbestos exposure as early as the 1930s. However, rather than warning workers and taking steps to safeguard their health, these companies deliberately hid the health risks of asbestos from the public.
Because it make take up to 50 years after exposure to asbestos before an individual begins to develop the symptoms of mesothelioma, many workers only learned of the harmful effects of asbestos when they received a mesothelioma diagnosis decades after exposure.
What happens after I contact a mesothelioma lawyer?
After you have hired a mesothelioma attorney to handle your case, he or she will begin an investigation on your behalf in order to gather the evidence necessary to file a lawsuit. This can involve taking a complete work history of your employers and the job sites where you worked, gathering evidence of your exposure to asbestos by identifying the products that you worked with and scheduling an examination with a physician to determine if you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
Although the prospect of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit may seem daunting, an experienced attorney can handle the legal details of filing a case to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
If you are faced with a diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos illness, you have every right to get answers about why you were not warned about the dangers of working with this deadly product.