Many employers knew of the risk of asbestos exposure for years but still allowed their workers to do their jobs around products with asbestos. As the number of mesothelioma cases rose in the past couple of years, so did the number of mesothelioma lawsuits.
The first mesothelioma lawsuit
In 1966, the first mesothelioma lawsuit was filed after a plaintiff became ill from asbestos exposure. In early cases such as these, mesothelioma lawyers were able to document the danger of asbestos and its link to mesothelioma. Roughly 75% of mesothelioma cases have been able to prove this link to asbestos.
In 1969, the first lawsuit emerged that recognized the employer’s duty to notify a worker of the mesothelioma risk of asbestos. In the next decade, thousands of mesothelioma lawsuits followed and attorneys helped clients get compensation for their preventable injuries. To this day, more than 500,000 mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits have been filed.
Cases are still emerging involving patients suffering from mesothelioma as a direct result of working around asbestos. Those affected by mesothelioma have been fighting for compensation, and in many instances, they are winning.
For many people who have lost a loved one or know someone suffering from mesothelioma, seeking legal advice and speaking to a mesothelioma attorney is worth the effort.