Every year in the U.S., about 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or other deadly diseases traced directly to asbestos exposure (e.g., lung cancer, asbestosis). Compensation to cover the losses incurred by mesothelioma/asbestos victims can be obtained in a legal action against the asbestos supplier, employer or another entity that was negligent in its use of asbestos products.
Millions of Americans Exposed to Toxic Levels of Asbestos
However, it has been estimated that as many as 20 million people have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos at their workplaces since the 1940s, and many thousands more diagnoses of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer can be expected in the coming years.
Attempts to Secure Mesothelioma Compensation
The healthcare costs of these asbestos damages on a nationwide scale are alarming. The issue of how to compensate so many people for their losses has vexed policy-makers, insurance companies and lawmakers for decades. State and federal court systems often have huge backlogs of asbestos compensation cases.
Many proposals to deal with the thousands of asbestos claimants have come and gone; an example is the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act, suggesting a $140 billion trust fund to compensate Americans with mesothelioma, cancer, etc. due to asbestos exposure.
The FAIR fund would be financed by the defendants in all of these asbestos cases — that is, the asbestos mining industry, the manufacturers who made asbestos products, the many companies that used these products without adequate safety precautions for their employees, and the insurance companies of the defendants. However, the FAIR Act has not been implemented.
Mesothelioma Compensation for You and Your Family
If you contracted mesothelioma that may be due to asbestos exposure at your job (or your spouse’s/parent’s job), you may be able to obtain mesothelioma compensation for damages such as medical bills, loss of your job and income, rehabilitation and long-term care costs, and emotional pain and suffering. Contact mesothelioma centers today to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your case and help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.