Definition of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This condition affects the lining of the abdomen and the lungs. Class action claims for mesothelioma due to the exposure of asbestos began to surface in the last 1960s after the public became aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos. These claims now number in the millions.
Cases for mesotheloma have been most successful against companies who knew the dangers of asbestos' exposure but failed to warn their employees. Additionally, manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products, mining and construction companies have also had a number of claims filed against them from plaintiffs who have this condition.
Claimants exposed to dangerous chemicals in their work environment may be able to file a workers' compensation case for compensation for their injuries to recover medical expenses, lost wages, or death benefits. Workers' compensation is offered for both short-term and partial disabilities from a work injury.