For the millions of people in America now suffering with mesothelioma cancer, the question of whether or not they have a valid lawsuit and what it may be worth surfaces. Hearing a diagnosis of cancer is traumatic under any circumstances. Hearing that you may have planted the seeds for that cancer decades ago simply by doing your job is devastating news. That, however, is exactly what has happened too many of the mesothelioma cancer victims in the United States.
Estimates vary, but even conservative estimates put the number of mesothelioma cases that are caused by previous exposure to asbestos at 80%. Some experts put that percentage as high as 90%. Mesothelioma was once considered a vary rare form of cancer. .In people afflicted with mesothelioma, malignant cancer cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that protects and covers many of the body’s internal organs. Scientists and doctors believe that when someone is exposed to asbestos dust particles, these particles are breathed in and subsequently enter the lungs. Years, even decades, later, those particles can cause the cells of the mesothelium to become abnormal and eventually lead to mesothelioma cancer.
If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you have suffered as a result of the cancer. Under the California laws of negligence, if someone that had a duty of care to you breaches that duty and causes injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation. In the case of asbestos related mesothelioma, if you once worked in any of the numerous industries that used asbestos, then your employer or the manufacturer of the products that contained the asbestos could be responsible for your injuries. According to California mesothelioma lawyer Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates, under a California personal injury lawsuit such as an asbestos related mesothelioma case, the victim may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages. “Damages” is a legal term that is used to refer to injuries. Economic damages generally include things that have a quantifiable numerical value such as medical bills or time lost from work due to the illness. Non-economic damages are what many people think of as pain and suffering. In addition, under some circumstances, punitive damages can be awarded when the judge believes that the defendant’s actions (or inactions) were particularly egregious and that the defendant acted with malice. California courts have led the way with some of the highest mesothelioma awards in the country and judges have not shied away from awarding punitive damages as part of those awards.
If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, seek the advice of an experienced California mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. While the statute of limitations for asbestos cases does not require that a lawsuit be filed shortly after exposure as many other personal injury cases require, it does require that you file a lawsuit within a short time after you have been diagnosed. For a free and confidential detailed evaluation of your mesothelioma case, contact the mesothelioma firm of Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001 or visit them on the Internet at www.ledgerlaw.com.