Asbestos settlements amounts to billions of dollars once the claim is raised. Asbestos settlements are paid in lumpsum amounts if settled through courts and outside the court they are settled and called structured settlements. Structured settlements are monthly payments of the total amount and have tax benefits. Asbestos fibers are heat, fire, chemicals, electricity and water resistant and they are group of materials that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers. These fibers can be separated into thin, durable threads. Because of the nature of asbestos they are widely used in many industries. Asbestos material are minerals composed of silicate compounds, meaning they contain atoms of silicon and oxygen in their molecular structure.
Medical research proved beyond doubt that asbestos is responsible for many deadly diseases, including cancer. Asbestos has been classified as a substance that causes cancer and is a known human carcinogen. Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen, called mesothelioma, Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. In addition to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestos exposure may cause gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder. The evidence is still inconclusive. According to studies asbestos exposure may be from the workplace, communities, or their homes. When the products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air and when asbestos fibers are breathed in, they get into the lungs and remain there for a long time. Asbestos disease will develop over time when these fibers are accumulated and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.
Asbestosis is an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs resulting shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage. Asbestosis may cause other pleural and lung disorders, including pleural plaques, pleural thickening, and benign pleural effusions . Although pleural plaques may not lead to lung cancer directly, chances of risk for lung cancer. Asbestos Settlements worth billions are still pending in few countries.
Government has set asbestos exposure for eight hours of work as 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter. It is a mandate by statutory health protection wing that for every 30 minutes of work period, fiber exposure should fall below 1.0 fiber per cc.
Even though the mandatory measures are established by health department some organizations are putting their employees at risk and several structures still harbor asbestos related materials and more than 1.3 million workers in the shipyard, construction, building, railroad and automotive industries are exposed to asbestos every year.
Products That Causes Asbestos Cancer
- Pipe Covering / .Pipe Insulation / Insulating Cement / .Insulating Block / .Refractory Cement / Floor and Ceiling Tile / .Fire Proofing / .Insulation / Firebrick / Gasket
- Insulators / Pip Fitters / Plumbers / Boiler Room Tenders / Boiler Makers / Steel Workers / Shipyard Workers / Electricians / Carpenters / Dry Wall Finishers / Painters
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settled Cases
1. Claim for Mesothelioma Compensation settled in under 10 weeks
Asbestos-related cancer, Mesothelioma Thompsons Solicitors have successfully secured compensation in under 10 weeks for a man diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
The client, from Sheffield, who does not wish to be named, was diagnosed with the disease in April this year and contacted Thompsons Solicitors to help with his claim for compensation on April 28, 2008.
The case was settled for £147,000 by Thompsons Solicitors just 10 weeks later.
A San Francisco jury returned the largest asbestos verdict in California, $33.7 million, in favor of a Navy electrician and his wife. The electrician had developed mesothelioma from his occupational exposure to asbestos. He was awarded $22.7 million in economic and noneconomic damages. His wife was awarded $11 million for loss of consortium. The defendant, Foster Wheeler Corporation, designed, manufactured and supplied marine boilers with asbestoscontaining components including refractory block insulation, roving material, and gaskets
3. Recovering Financial Compensation:
Danziger & Dellano has contributed to many significant victories and settlements for mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer victims. For example, the following are amounts received by some mesothelioma clients after all attorney’s fees and expenses are paid. These cases were handled by other attorneys serving as lead counsel and Danziger & Dellano assumed joint responsibility for the litigation. For details click on each award:
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