When Will Class Action On Mesothelioma Be Resolved?

In this article, we can look at class action suits in relation to mesothelioma, with the intention of addressing the question about when these will all be resolved. The truth, unfortunately, is that there is no answer to the question, because it’s likely that there are many cases that have not even been filed yet. A class action suit is when a group of people, having suffered from the same misfortune where another party is presumed to be at fault, take action together. One lawyer or law firm will speak on behalf of the group as a whole. People file class action suits because it is rather easier to convince legal council to help you. Lawyers in these suits have a fairly good odds of winning, or stand the chance to collect quite a sum from each of the constituents. It’s generally considered a win-win situation for the clients and the lawyers, although the lawyers do make a rather high sum. Why, then, are there so many suits pending regarding mesothelioma?

Asbestos is a building material that was in common usage during the height of the industrial revolution. Beginning in the 1860s, as well as through World War II, it was frequently used for insulation and in ship building, among many other uses. It was certainly known that there were problems with the material as early as the turn of the century, when people working in asbestos mines suffered from lung conditions more than anyone else, and there was a very high level of workers reporting illnesses. In the early 1930s, this was identified as mesothelioma, a kind of cancer that is very rare and involves the destruction of the protective lining around vital organs. There are other illnesses, and cancers, that are also related, but this is the one that gets the most attention. Because it is so rare, there is little doubt that the cause is asbestos, and that makes it a rather easy court case as far as these things can go.

However, it’s very difficult to expedite the cases, or to make any kinds of general pronouncements toward those affected, since it often does not show up for 20-40 years after exposure. Because some older buildings in more remote areas of the world might still have asbestos, and very likely do, there is still the potential for more cases down the road. This is why it is really impossible to determine when the class action suits will be resolved. The fact of the matter is, there’s very likely more waiting down the road, unfortunately.

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