Late last month, four plaintiffs filed four separate mesothelioma lawsuits in St. Louis, each claiming that more than a dozen companies had negligently contributed to the eventual diagnosis of mesothelioma in either the plaintiff or a member of their family.
Imports of asbestos into the United States have been on the rise in the last three years following several years of significant declines, according to new data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It is unclear why or where the dangerous asbestos products are being used, but the report has angered many mesothelioma patient advocates who are working to eliminate asbestos imports entirely.
Often, when we see a mesothelioma lawsuit filed by a son or daughter regarding their parent's disease and asbestos exposure, it is a situation in which the parent filed the suit and then succumbed to the disease before the case was fully resolved. In a recent lawsuit filed against several national companies, however, the plaintiff is suing on behalf of herself, claiming that she suffered both emotional and financial losses as the result of her father's death.
After someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, their next step is usually to attempt to determine when and where they were exposed to the asbestos that ultimately caused their disease. For some, this is easy: they can point to a specific place of employment or workplace task at which they were exposed to asbestos or asbestos products. For others who have never worked directly with asbestos, however, determining the source of exposure can be much more difficult.
An appeal filed by oil giant Conoco Phillips is reportedly set to begin later this month. The company filed the appeal after it was ordered to pay more than $15 million in damages to a former employee who had been exposed to asbestos during his employment with the company, ultimately causing him to be diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Although mesothelioma has been affecting people for several decades, doctors and researchers still have much to learn about the deadly disease. For example, one of the standard diagnostic tests for pleural mesothelioma often returns a false negative result, delaying the critical treatments that patients need to survive.
Because mesothelioma usually takes several decades to develop, it can be difficult to identify when and where you were exposed to asbestos. This, in turn, can make the process of filing, litigating, and winning a mesothelioma lawsuit that much more difficult. But in one recent case, a plaintiff was able to pinpoint the work that exposed him to asbestos and caused him to be diagnosed with mesothelioma more than 40 years later, despite the fact that his exposure lasted just 67 days.
A group of more than 50 firefighters has dropped their multi-million dollar asbestos lawsuit after reaching a settlement with the city with whom they are employed. The settlement agreement will allow the firefighters to receive medical monitoring and care for the remainder of their lives, which will hopefully allow them to discover any negative effects of asbestos exposure as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma is a terrible disease for many reasons. Not only does it cause severe pain and discomfort in those afflicted with it, but it also comes with a dismal rate of survival. Following a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is rare to survive more than a couple of years. This is one of the reasons that victims of asbestos exposure should be given every opportunity to be compensated for their pain and suffering.
After being diagnosed with mesothelioma one year ago, a former plastics company employee filed a lawsuit against his former employer and a company that provided the raw asbestos with which he worked for more than 10 years. Under the laws of New York, where the lawsuit was filed, the severity of the man's mesothelioma entitled him to an expedited lawsuit. Earlier this week, the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarding him damages of approximately $2 million.