Like other patients here in Ohio and elsewhere, your legal options are more than likely not your first thought after receiving a devastating diagnosis of mesothelioma. You may already know that this particular disease most often results from asbestos exposure. At some point during your life, more than likely at your job, you were around this toxic substance. It is possible that you could receive benefits and/or restitution due to your condition.
In order to pinpoint the source of your exposure, you may have to go back as far as 50 years. However, even then, manufacturers of products containing asbestos knew it was dangerous. Unfortunately, they chose not to warn workers or anyone else of the harm this naturally occurring mineral could do to the human body.
Research estimates that when asbestos was widely used in manufacturing, approximately eight million people suffered exposure to asbestos through their employment. It goes on to say that by the year 2030, approximately 300,000 of them will suffer from mesothelioma. As it stands now, approximately 3,000 people receive the same diagnosis you did each year.
Since you more than likely did not receive any warnings about the dangers of asbestos exposure, you may have the opportunity to pursue restitution from those believed to be legally liable for your current condition. A successful claim could provide you with monetary damages to help with the cost of your treatment, along with other damages. This area of law is complex, so you may benefit from discussing your situation with an Ohio attorney experienced in advocating on behalf of mesothelioma sufferers.