As recently as the 60’s and 70’s, many men
were in daily contact with the toxic carcinogen called asbestos. At the time, not much was known
about its carcinogenic and harmful properties. As a result, many individuals who were exposed
already had cancers before they were diagnosed, and the source of the cancer identified.
Men who are exposed to asbestos are often likely to develop mesothelioma, silicosis,
respiratory distress, and emphysema among other respiratory diseases. However, that was not the
worst part of it. The truly sad and tragic part is that they unknowingly exposed their children and
partners to the dangerous compound through the residue on their clothes, hairs, and body,
resulting in secondary asbestos exposure.
Unfortunately, ignorance does not mean immunity. As a result, of all women in their 30’s
and above diagnosed with cancer, about 8% are diagnosed with mesothelioma resulting from
Not just that, people who live in close proximity to asbestos mining sites and mines are more
likely to inhale the friable asbestos fibers and risk secondary exposure to asbestos, even when
they aren’t in direct contact with it through work.
What Should You Do in the Event of a Secondary Asbestos
The first thing you need to do is seek medical help first. This is very important,
even when you have not started experiencing any symptoms or signs of asbestos-related
illnesses. This is because asbestos-related illnesses can take between 10-50 years before
manifesting. Once you’ve seen the doctor, it is time to seek redress.
Go find a personal injury lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma cases. It does not matter
whether there are any signs of illness or not. As long as you have been exposed, you need to
ensure that you and yours are protected in the event that you fall ill as a result of the secondary
Many women have filed lawsuits against the government and privately held companies over
the incidence of secondary asbestos exposure and have won. So, your case cannot be
Why Do You Need to Sue or File a Claim?
All you need really is concrete evidence of exposure. If your spouse or parent worked with a
firm that dealt with asbestos or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or you have been
diagnosed with pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial mesothelioma, chances are that you have been
exposed. This is all you need to file a case.
You are entitled to getting medical aid and compensation for your sufferings. So, get the
appropriate legal representation. Most states have a statute of limitation regarding when to file a
case for secondary asbestos exposure. For most states, it is between 1-5 years.
What Will the Mesothelioma or Personal Injury Lawyer Need?
Usually, your legal representation will require proof of personal mesothelioma exposure or
that of a loved one who is either suffering from the ailment currently or has died because of
What Can You Expect?
The average mesothelioma case is usually settled out of the courts. However, this will
largely depend on how efficient your lawyer is, the evidence you have, the compensation
amount, and a payment source that is easily identifiable like an insurance firm or an asbestos
victims’ trust fund.
With these factors being in place, you may get your settlement within 12-18 months of filing
your lawsuit. However, if you have to go to court, it may take about 24- 48 months from the date
of filing your lawsuit.
The good thing, however, is that the courts are aware that Mesothelioma is a very aggressive
cancer, and victims may not have the luxury of living a long time. Therefore, they tend to fast
track such cases so that the victims can get their compensations as quickly as possible.
Don’t waste time getting the legal representation that you need. Contact a mesothelioma
attorney today if you need help.
Oscar King is a legal analyst who writes on various topics pertaining to personal injury law.
He uses this experience to help friends out, but always qualifies it by recommending an attorney
like David Heil. You can learn more about Oscar on Google+.