Harm from asbestos is an issue throughout the country. Several hours south of the Dallas area, in Texas, a family has brought a lawsuit after a loved one was lost to an asbestos-related illness. The wife and children of the victim recently brought a lawsuit against Texaco and Chevron for the loss of the loved one to an asbestos-related disease. According to the family, the victim used and was exposed to asbestos while he worked for Texaco and Chevron. The husband and father died of asbestosis which was described as a painful death. The family is seeking damages for the loss of the loved one.
Asbestos can typically cause or contribute to the formation of two diseases that can impact the public, including workers and even consumers. Asbestosis is fibrous scarring of the lungs, whereas mesothelioma is malignant cancer in the chest lining or abdominal cavities. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used in insulation and in a variety of products. Because of its fibrous nature, asbestos can produce dust that, when inhaled in the lungs, may cause two diseases, including asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Asbestos use was banned in 1989 for consumer protection because of health concerns. Since the 1960s, and currently, many asbestos lawsuits have been filed. There are different types of legal claims a victim, or family members of victims can bring. One type of lawsuit that may be brought is a product liability claim. Product liability claims are brought when a dangerous or defective product injures someone that uses or is exposed to the product. Breach of warranty or negligence, such as corporate negligence, claims may also be made. Victims may be able to recover different types of compensation which will depend on the damages suffered.
Victims of asbestos exposure, and family members of victims, can suffer physical, emotional, and financial harm. Because of this, it is important victims understand resources and options available to recover compensation for damages when harmed.