Mesothelioma Toxic Substance Abuse in West Virginia
Being exposed to harmful or toxic chemicals is extremely dangerous for anyone. The human body is not accustomed to consuming or taking on many chemicals that we interact with on a daily basis or in the workplace. One naturally occurring element, asbestos, was used in industrial workplaces throughout the United States for several decades. Specifically for states like West Virginia, there are many industrial job sites that individuals may have worked at that could have led to them being exposed to this harmful naturally occurring substance. A West Virginia mesothelioma lawyer can help people who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma find justice for their illness.
Toxic Chemicals and Related Illnesses
A toxic chemical, as defined by the EPA, is a substance that can be detrimental to an organism’s health or well being if it is consumed, ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by the skin. A toxic chemical, in many instances, has the ability to cause disease to develop in a person. As an example of this directly related to this article’s topic, asbestos, is the only known cause of mesothelioma. However, the medical industry has defined a 20 to 40 year latency period between initial asbestos exposure to the actual diagnosis of the disease we commonly refer to as mesothelioma. There are multiple diseases that can arise from being exposed to asbestos dust. Asbestos dust is most commonly ingested into the human body by means of inhalation.
Being Diagnosed with Mesothelioma From Asbestos in West Virginia
Being exposed to chemicals or harmful naturally occurring elements like Asbestos can cause a plethora of issues. One of the main issues that can evolve from being exposed to asbestos is the development of diseases like mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a very rare and terminal illness with one known cause, exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestos is a naturally occurring carcinogen that develops in regions next to talcum powder and in many cases can be inhaled or consumed unknowingly. If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, the main cause of this diagnosis may be from workplace exposure that could have occurred several decades ago.
How Can Liability Of Asbestos Exposure be Assigned?
In most cases, the work history of an individual is the primary means by which assignment of asbestos exposure liability can be obtained. Occupational exposure to asbestos is the most common way that people come into contact with this carcinogen. This means that the companies that employed individuals to work in mines, steel mills, paper mills, etc. are directly responsible for you or a loved one’s asbestos-related disease if they allowed the use of asbestos products on their job sites. An example of a West Virginia Asbestos exposure Jobsite is the Fischer Foundry Facility. If you or a loved one had a job at a facility similar to this one, you may be entitled to financial compensation. An asbestos lawyer in West Virginia will be able to work with you to get a full list of locations and companies responsible for you or a loved one’s asbestos exposure to begin filing claims for compensation for their damages. This instance can occur only when damages from the toxic chemical have happened, in our circumstance, damages from exposure to asbestos must have occurred. In regards to asbestos dust, the corporate entity or facility responsible for producing or exposing you or a loved one to asbestos dust may be held liable for your losses.
Legal Action Against Asbestos Corporations
For those who reside in West Virginia and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are many legal options available to be compensated for the damages this disease has caused you or your loved one. Mesothelioma is not a naturally occurring or random illness, it has been proven time and time again to have only one known cause. The cause of this illness, asbestos exposure, can occur in many different circumstances, the most common of these circumstances is workplace exposure. The next in line to workplace exposure is second-hand exposure from someone carrying asbestos dust particles on their clothing. The third in line is exposure from insulation which was used in many different construction projects throughout the United States over the last 100 years.
With this in mind, the most common form of legal action when a third party is responsible for exposing you to a toxic chemical, in our situation asbestos, individuals are able to file personal injury lawsuits against negligent entities that exposed them. In many circumstances, this may have some limitations. The main limitation that may occur is that the company being sued may have filed for bankruptcy. Many companies that produced asbestos products or had locations where individuals were hired to work with asbestos products for various reasons filed for bankruptcy as a means to avoid mesothelioma lawsuits. However, in most circumstances where this occurred these bankrupt corporations established trust funds to compensate victims for the damages they incurred due to any illness that developed as a result of their exposure to asbestos. An example of this would be the Owens Corning Asbestos Trust which was established in 2006 to allow victims of asbestos-related illnesses a means to file claims for compensation for the damages they have incurred as a result of their exposure leading to this illness.
How Can Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. Help?
The law firm of Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. has represented thousands of mesothelioma victims since 1976. We are one of the pioneers of asbestos litigation and wrote the book on the proper and efficient way to get the maximum amount of compensation possible for any mesothelioma victim. We understand what you or a loved one is going through and are well educated on how to help in the most effective manner possible. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with West Virginia mesothelioma victims and we also have decades of knowledge specifically in this state within our firm’s archives. Many of our suits in this state have resulted in 7 figure settlements for our clients. However, previous results do not guarantee or predict new litigation on behalf of you or your loved one. As your friends in these difficult times, the attorneys at Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. are standing by now to help you or your loved one that has been diagnosed with mesothelioma today, we are available 24/7.