Prior to his passing, All-Pro football player and TV star Merlin Olsen had filed a lawsuit for contracting the disease just prior to his unfortunate death. On December 31, 2009, he filed suit against several former employers for exposing him to asbestos. Only a few short months later, this crippling disease took his life. In the wake of his passing, a judgment for his family could possibly set a standard for the thousands of people throughout the U.S. battling mesothelioma.
A case was recently won in New Jersey by a former construction worker who contracted mesothelioma. He received $1.2 million dollars from the manufacturers of the asbestos construction products they were using. Unfortunately, the settlement was actually received by his wife and two children, as he died the week following the deposition.
While new regulations have made it much safer to work with construction products now, there is still the danger of finding asbestos in older buildings. This can be especially harmful when workers may not even be aware that an asbestos danger exists.
Since mesothelioma symptoms usually don’t appear until decades after someone has been exposed to asbestos, it is expected that the peak of this disease will occur soon. With over 3,000 people being diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, the focus is becoming broader in regard to establishing a standard for just compensation. Many companies and individuals didn’t see it as the threat that it has evolved into today.
Some of the symptoms of the disease include chest pain, fatigue, hoarseness, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In advanced stages the symptoms can include low blood sugar, bowel problems, and pain in the stomach. While chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are treatments that can relieve some of the discomfort, once the disease reaches later stages the patient will not survive much longer.
If you or a loved one has experienced health complications related to mesothelioma, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to this and other serious diseases. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.