Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Many people who have worked at places such as shipyards, manufacturing plants, oil refineries, asbestos processing plants, asbestos mines, military facilities or ships built with products containing asbestos, construction sites, chemical plants and other places including schools have been exposed to asbestos on the job. You can also be exposed to asbestos if you disturb asbestos products during a home renovation without using proper safety measures. Asbestos exposure has been known to cause mesothelioma, which is a rare form of lung cancer.What are the types of asbestos related claims?
Mesothelioma – Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that can be attributed to asbestos exposure in many cases. This type of cancer is very rare and has been known to have been caused by an exposure to asbestos. Most of the individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are over 60 years of age. Mesothelioma usually takes about 30-50 years before it is diagnosed and therefore it is very difficult to treat. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, which is ultimately a fatal disease.
Lung Cancer – If you are a smoker and have been exposed to asbestos, it can increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a term that includes all diseases caused by the exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis occurs when a person inhales asbestos fibers leading to the scarring of lung tissue and difficulty breathing, among other complications. Usually, this occurs while on the job. Asbestosis is different from mesothelioma in that mesothelioma is a form of cancer where asbestosis is not.What should I do if I have been exposed to asbestos?
If you have been exposed to asbestos and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result, you should consult with an attorney that is experienced in handling mesothelioma claims. Attorney Michael P. Foley, Jr., an experienced civil trial attorney, is currently working with another firm in representing persons who have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Contact Attorney Foley if you feel that you have developed mesothelioma due to your exposure to asbestos. If you would like further information on how to pursue a claim for mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form or call us at 203-250-7212. We will be happy to assist you with your claim and to answer any questions that you may have regarding your situation.How long do I have to bring a claim for mesothelioma?
In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for bringing a claim for mesothelioma is three years from the date of diagnosis. If the individual who developed mesothelioma should pass away, his or her family would have three years from the date of death in which to file their wrongful death claim under the Connecticut statute of limitations.What types of claims can I pursue?
Under Connecticut law, there are three types of claims that you can pursue for mesothelioma.
- Claim Against the Manufacturer, Installer or Distributor of the Asbestos
If the manufacturer, installer or distributor of the asbestos product can be identified, a lawsuit can be instituted against them in court to recover damages if you have developed mesothelioma as a result of your exposure to their products.
- Claim for Compensation Against Asbestos Trust Funds
There are numerous asbestos trust funds that have been set up by various companies who have admitted liability for past exposure to asbestos in order to compensate people that have been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma. If you meet certain criteria, you may be entitled to compensation from one or more of the asbestos trusts.
- Workers' Compensation Claim
Under Connecticut law, you may also be entitled to bring a claim for workers' compensation benefits against your employer if you were exposed to asbestos at work and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The time period for bringing a workers' compensation claim would be three years from the date of the diagnosis of the mesothelioma. Even if you worked for a company many years ago, if you were exposed to asbestos on the job and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can bring a claim for workers' compensation benefits against your former employer.