Asbestos exposure continued for decades after companies, government agencies and others knew about the risks to workers. Asbestos causes a terminal form of cancer called mesothelioma. This disease is almost always deadly and is extremely costly to treat. This toxic substance also causes several other diseases and conditions that are equally as unpleasant.
The fact that companies knew there was danger and did nothing to protect employees is why companies like the Mesothelioma Justice Network were formed. It wasn’t until the 1970s and late 1980s that the government started to hold companies accountable for the employees they put into danger.
Many veterans suffered massive exposure to asbestos. The Navy built its ships with asbestos in almost every part. It was excellent fireproofing, very strong and chemical resistant. It was also used frequently in construction and shipyards.
If you were honorably discharged and were exposed to asbestos while you served in the military, you are eligible for monetary compensation and medical benefits. Most people who served in the military suffered some exposure to asbestos. It could be from the ships or asbestos used in collapsing buildings during bombings or teardowns.
To receive these benefits, you need to apply for them with documentation of your illness. You also have to have a letter from a doctor stating that your illness was caused by asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma Settlements and Lawsuits
Although other support programs exist, you usually have to hire a lawyer and sue the company that caused your exposure. Some companies have settlements in place for those who were exposed. These settlements are usually preferable to other forms of compensation because they are faster, less risky and offer victims a remedy.
A mesothelioma lawsuit can take a very long time if not handled properly. Usually, even smaller companies will settle the case rather than go to trial. The settlements range depending on the type of exposure. Settlements may be available to those still suffering from mesothelioma and the families of those who died from this type of cancer.
Mesothelioma Trust Funds
Mesothelioma trust funds are funds set up by companies filing bankruptcy due to the possibility of lawsuits. The United States government forced these companies to provide funds to treat mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. These funds are available to people who worked for specific companies that knowing endangered their workers. These funds total around 30 billion dollars.
Despite the dangerous nature of asbestos, many companies failed to provide adequate protective equipment for their employees. In turn, these companies are now liable for compensation and treatment costs associated with any asbestos-related illness.