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Mesothelioma in Maryland: Risks and legal resources

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Firm News

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Some groups are particularly at risk. Men over sixty-five years old who worked in industries involving the use and long-term exposure of asbestos, like the military or construction, face the greatest danger.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating, but it is essential to know your legal rights and options. In Maryland, victims can file personal injury claims or use trust funds for asbestos-related illnesses.

Filing a personal injury claim

Mesothelioma cases can be complex and highly technical. Therefore, having the help of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to guide you through the legal system can help you know your options and what to expect. Your attorney will check if you have a case to start the process. If so, they will file a complaint before a civil court naming all potential defendants.

Defendants may include manufacturers of asbestos products, negligent employers or construction companies that used asbestos against the law. Your attorney must prove the defendants’ fault and your damages, which can be extensive given the severe nature of mesothelioma.

What damages can you recover?

Mesothelioma causes lasting and often deadly harm. The legal system allows for compensation to cover various damages, which can include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

The amount you can claim depends on factors like prognosis, age, health before diagnosis, income, family situation, and more. Often, the parties settle these cases outside the courts through negotiations with defendants or asbestos bankruptcy trust funds.

Mesothelioma is a major health concern in Maryland, especially for those exposed to asbestos. Knowing the risks and legal options can help you and your family through this ongoing challenge.