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What Is Mesothelioma Litigation?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelial cells lining the major organs of a human being. This cancer is directly caused by unregulated and unprotected exposure to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is usually found in labor industries, affecting mostly men of age 60 to 70 years old. People who are in contact for an extended period of time with persons who have long been exposed to asbestos may also be affected by the disease. Prolonged unregulated and unprotected exposure to asbestos may be due to working conditions in construction sites or other infrastructures. People who have contracted mesothelioma due to working conditions may file a claim for damages against their employer. Thus, mesothelioma litigation is a specific area of law that handles the issue of mesothelioma.

In order for mesothelioma litigation to be successful in favor of the plaintiff, it must be proven that the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos, that the exposure to asbestos caused mesothelioma, that the exposure to asbestos was during a period when it was generally known that asbestos exposure was harmful, and that the plaintiff was not sufficiently protected from such exposure. Once all these elements are proven in a court of law, the plaintiff may be awarded damages that cover health expenses and other expenses that have been incurred by the plaintiff due to his or her illness. However, in the event that the individual who suffered mesothelioma has died, his or her relatives can file a claim of wrongful death against the deceased’s employer.

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