Since the 19th century, American manufacturers have incorporated asbestos into thousands of everyday products ranging from brake pads to insulation. Unfortunately, for almost as long, those manufacturers have also known of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
In 1977, a New Jersey asbestos lawyer was representing several plaintiffs who had been exposed to asbestos through the manufacturer Raybestos-Manhattan. Like many companies during the 1970s, Raybestos was using the defense that they did not know about the dangers associated with asbestos at the time of the plaintiffs’ exposure since research linking asbestos to lung cancers didn’t emerge until 1964. Frustrated, the lawyer started investigating. Soon, he discovered papers that proved the company had been conspiring with Johns-Manville, another asbestos company, to conceal the dangers of asbestos exposure since the early 1930s.
Even today, with decades of research proving the link between asbestos and lung cancer, some companies still incorporate asbestos into their products, exposing innocent people to deadly asbestos fibers. These companies can be held responsible for their actions through an asbestos lawsuit.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer and has been exposed to asbestos should speak to an asbestos attorney to learn more about their options for filing a lawsuit. Mesothelioma cases are fairly straightforward, since asbestos exposure is the only thing that can cause this disease. Asbestos lung cancer cases, on the other hand, often present several challenges. Unlike mesothelioma, lung cancer can be caused by factors other than asbestos exposure, including tobacco use and second-hand smoke. When many companies are sued in asbestos lung cancer cases, they point to these other factors as the culprits. Over the years, however, researchers have found that adding asbestos exposure to smoking increases a person’s odds of developing lung cancer much more dramatically than if the cancer statistics for these two factors were simply added together.2 Because of this, lung cancer patients in many states can still hold their employer partially responsible for asbestos exposure, even if they smoke. Because liability laws vary from state to state, it is imperative to contact an asbestos attorney who has a thorough knowledge of your state’s laws. The Simmons Law Firm is a nationwide asbestos law firm. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Many times, patients who develop lung cancer from asbestos exposure do not feel ready to file a lawsuit. While asbestos lawsuits may seem time-consuming and stressful, it is important to remember that these lawsuits also provide the best motivation for companies to start protecting others from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Plus, damages recovered from asbestos lawsuits can be used to provide a better quality of life by funding medical treatments that may otherwise be impossible. At the Simmons Law Firm, our mesothelioma lawyers have made it their goal to help patients and families fighting asbestos-related diseases any way we can. Because we’ve been handling asbestos cases for over ten years, we can fight for our clients without putting additional pressure on either them or their families. If you’d like a partner to help you through this difficult journey in your life, please contact us at (866) 468-8631 today for a free consultation.
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