A recent report released some troubling numbers for miners in the Iron Range. Out of 69,000 people who worked in the mining industry between 1930 and 1982, a total of 101 have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
One of the most upsetting lessons people learn if they are diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos is that it developed as a result of exposure as long as 50 years ago. A unique and tragic characteristic of illnesses like mesothelioma is that sufferers may live for decades without any symptoms that something may be wrong inside their bodies.
Veterans of the U.S. military are among those who are known to be at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses caused by asbestos.
It is all but impossible to overestimate the devastation families suffer when someone is diagnosed with a serious and ultimately fatal illness caused by asbestos exposure. Worlds can be turned upside down and there is often extensive and unfortunate adjustments that need to be made rather quickly, leaving victims and their families feeling lost, angry, sad and overwhelmed.
The family of a man exposed to asbestos on the job has recently filed a lawsuit claiming that exposure to the toxic materials contributed to his devastating death. The man was reportedly employed by Gulf Oil/Chevron and worked with products that contained asbestos before he died.
North Carolina victims of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma may be interested to know that a jury from another state granted a large settlement to a family. The jury awarded the family of a victim more than 18 million dollars, an amount that the family's legal representation felt was deserved. This particular victim was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of working at a Goodyear plant.
Asbestos litigation can be intimidating to people, especially when they are also dealing with an illness or death of a loved one. However, it can also be a necessary means of pursuing damages that victims and their families deserve.
Losing a loved one who had battled a devastating illness can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. No one wants to see someone they love and care about suffer and we want to do everything we can to help that person. In the worst cases, an illness is incurable and a death resulting from that condition is all but unavoidable.
A case regarding asbestos has come to an end in North Carolina, resulting in a summary judgment for the companies that were acting as defendants. A woman was attempting to bring the case against those companies because she claimed that the products that they made caused a man, for whose estate she has been set up as the representative, to pass away due to asbestos exposure. She said that that exposure led him to develop mesothelioma, which was found in 2012. The man in question was in the military, and he served on vessels for the United States Navy. The claims were that parts on those ships used asbestos and that his exposure while serving led to the mesothelioma.
Many North Carolina residents may have been exposed to asbestos in the early- to mid-1900s. Those who worked in factories, shipyards and other places where sheet metal was prominent often found out decades later that their exposure to asbestos led to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. A union sheet metal worker who also served for several years as the union president died from asbestos exposure in June 2013, and his wife recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against more than two dozen companies.