Asbestos litigation comprises of lawsuits that are filed regarding the cancerous diseases that have affected the lives of many who have worked with this hazardous building material. The lawsuits that have been filed in this category are several against suppliers, asbestos manufacturers, and employers of construction companies. Plaintiffs in most cases have suffered from diseases linked to asbestos, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and others. They have been exposed to asbestos products at certain locations or come in contact due to work requirements. In such filings, plaintiffs have asked for compensation for the injuries they have suffered or what has made them lose their capability to earn a living.
The first cases were found in the twenties when an initial case was lodged against a manufacturer who produced asbestos products. There have been numerous cases across the world since then as people got to know about the side effects of asbestos and of working with such a material.
Indeed the longest mass cases in legal history are over asbestos litigation. Due to the massive lawsuits raised and compensation amounts demanded many companies and businesses had to go out of business or file for bankruptcy.
Asbestos has been a common construction material whose fibers are known to be carcinogenic today. Before the adverse effects of the fibers were discovered, many people were exposed to asbestos dust when they worked on construction sites without taking safety measures, handled such substances manually, and inhaled the polluted air in or near such construction sites and so forth.
As a result of uncontrolled exposure to asbestos fibers, many workers suffered from aggressive carcinogens diseases of the lungs, which proved fatal, leaving them incapacitated to work for a long time as well as their families deprived of an earning member due to a disease contracted in an occupational workplace. Hence, many plaintiffs or their dependents raised lawsuits against employers and asbestos manufacturers, which showcased their despair and anger of being exposed to such a hazardous building material without information about the hazards involved or without due safety measures being adopted.
These are some aspects to know about asbestos litigation cases that had been a major concern in earlier decades. It is important that proper education and safety measures are adopted at construction sites and by suppliers to prevent such harm to happen to others in current times.