The health risks caused by exposure to asbestos have been known about since the 1930s. Legislation has been in place since the 1970 that strived to reduce worker exposure. However, during the 40 years in between, millions of workers were exposed to a dangerously high level of asbestos fibers.
Many of these workers were oblivious to the fact that their workplace was endangering their health. Many companies, however, knew about this danger and did noting to stop it.
Types of compensation
Caring for a mesothelioma patient is difficult. It is often challenging emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially.
When determining the amount of compensation you deserve, these factors are taken into account. In an asbestos-related claim, you may be awarded damages for:
- Lost income
- The inability to earn future income
- Medical bills and services
- Care and assistance
- Pain and suffering
- Comfort and emotional support
Cases involving asbestos-related diseases can be difficult to litigate because the symptoms are nonspecific and can take years to develop. This means that many victims may not seek medical attention as soon as they should.
Also, a statute of limitations requires that you file a personal injury claim three years from the day of diagnosis, and a wrongful death claim one year from the date of diagnosis. Because the families of victims are struggling with the news of a diagnosis and how to proceed, a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. Failure to act quickly could result in a forfeit of possible compensation.
This is why it is extremely important to contact an experienced asbestos cancer attorney in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. as soon as possible if you believe you or a loved one may have an asbestos-related illness. The attorneys at Brown | Gould | Kiely, LLP will explain your options and help you organize a successful claim so that you can move on with your life.