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Are some people predisposed to developing mesothelioma?

We have discussed the fact that there are some people who may be more likely to develop mesothelioma than others on this blog. We have noted that people in the military, construction workers, family members of people who worked with asbestos and workers who smoked are all among those who may be more likely to be diagnosed with illnesses like mesothelioma.

However, studies recently revealed that there may be a group of people who are predisposed to develop mesothelioma from the time they are born.

The considerable cost of a mesothelioma diagnosis

In our last post, we discussed the fact that many personal injury lawsuits are resolved through a settlement, not a courtroom trial. We also mentioned the fact that before a person agrees to or declines a settlement, several factors should be considered.

One such factor involves deciding whether a settlement offer is enough to cover the significant expenses a person incurs after being diagnosed with a serious illness. To do this, you and your loved ones will want to take many things into account. 

What to know when negotiating a personal injury settlement

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of exposure to toxic materials like asbestos, you could very well be considering your legal options. In many cases, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against one or multiple parties responsible for the exposure and any resulting illness.

Many people in this situation expect that their case will go all the way to a trial where people testify in front of a judge or jury who will deliberate and then make a ruling on who wins. However, the truth is that many of these types of cases are resolved long before they get to the courtroom. A large majority of personal injury cases, which includes asbestos claims, are resolved through a negotiated settlement.

Who to talk to when you need to find out where you were exposed

Illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos can be devastating for victims and their families. Many asbestos-related illnesses are aggressive, growing rapidly and quickly diminishing a person's physical condition. While it can certainly be a lot to take in if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you too need to act quickly when it comes to understanding your rights to pursue legal action.

One of the biggest obstacles in asbestos litigation is figuring out when and where the exposure occurred. Trying to identify the locations and times you may have been exposed to asbestos can be so difficult because in most cases, the exposure occurred decades ago. People were often working in different jobs and living in different places over the years so it can be a challenge to trace back to the source of exposure. However, it is not impossible.

Whistleblower: Workers at VA hospital exposed to asbestos

Employers are expected to keep their employees safe if and when they need to complete work that exposes them to harmful chemicals or substances. Unfortunately, not all employers do this and workers end up paying the price. In some cases, toxic exposure to materials like asbestos leads to devastating illnesses like mesothelioma.

This is the threat maintenance workers at a veterans' hospital are dealing with after it was discovered they have been working, unprotected, with asbestos. It took the actions of a whistleblower and a federal investigation to uncover the unsafe and potentially illegal actions of the medical center managers.

What does asbestos have to do with talc?

Many people know that a mineral called talc is found in many common household and cosmetic products. Talc is thought to be safe as long as it's in its purest form, meaning not contaminated with any other potential toxins, and many companies maintain that any talc that goes into their products is completely safe.

However, a recent report noted that many products imported into the the U.S. and even some manufactured right here in this country are contaminated with toxic fibers: asbestos. This unsettling news has many people wondering how and why asbestos is getting into talc and what can be done to avoid the potentially dangerous products that contain contaminated talc products.

What happens if a victim dies before asbestos case is resolved?

Diseases that are caused by exposure to asbestos can be especially devastating because of how aggressive they can be. Further, they are often diagnosed only after they are already in advanced stages, meaning treatment may not be as effective as it could have been and a person's life expectancy is decreased to a matter of months or even weeks.

Because of this, the grim reality is that victims of asbestos-related illnesses may not see the end of their lawsuits, should they choose to file one. However, this does not mean all hope is lost.

Some older electrical products could pose asbestos exposure risks

In the past, there were many types of products that had components made of asbestos. Electrical products were among such products. In today's world, however, electrical components and devices are generally not manufactured using asbestos. This does not, however, mean that there are no longer any asbestos-exposure risks related to electrical products. This is because there are many older, asbestos-containing electrical components that are still in use out in the world.

There are many ways a person could potentially be exposed to asbestos through electrical components including:

  • Exposure while working. Some jobs could potentially involve working directly with older, asbestos-made electrical components, such as electrical repair jobs.   
  • Exposure at the workplace. Workplaces that have older electrical products and components in use could still have some asbestos-containing components in them. 
  • Exposure at home. Asbestos not only used to be used in electrical components and devices for industrial/workplace use, but also in electrical products for home use. 

Being prepared for defenses is crucial in asbestos litigation

When people have been injured or killed by a dangerous or defective product, they and their family members can often see so clearly that the product caused damage and they can be completely convinced that the maker of that product should be held responsible. 

Unfortunately, this isn't how the situation always plays out when people are involved in a product liability dispute. In fact, it is very likely that you could be up against a party that has a defense for every claim you are making. This can be enormously frustrating if you are not prepared for these counter-statements.

Diagnostic measures taken to identify asbestos-related illnesses

If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is unlikely that you will start developing troubling symptoms of the exposure right away. Unfortunately, it can take decades for symptoms to arise. During that time, asbestos fibers can be undetectable but they still pose a serious threat to a person's health.

By the time symptoms do begin to show, illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis may already be quite advanced. Because of this, it will be crucial for people exposed to asbestos to discuss their exposure with their doctor who can conduct certain tests on a more regular and pre-emptive basis to hopefully diagnose a disease as early as possible.

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