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Obstacles in bringing asbestos-related lawsuits

Whatever residents of Pittsburgh may think about lawsuits, companies that are being sued will go to great lengths to not have to pay off claimants for injuries that they have caused. Yet when it comes to mesothelioma, such conduct can sometimes seem particularly egregious.

Recently a former marine died of mesothelioma after he had sued a number of companies that may have been responsible for his exposure to the substance. His lawyers are now alleging that defendants hastened his death by making the injured man endure hours and hours of deposition testimony. His doctors were even concerned that he would not be able to survive the ordeal - which unfortunately turned out to be the case.

It's impossible at this point to say whether such allegations are accurate. Every defendant has a right to defend themselves when they are being sued. But because such companies will present a rigorous defense is a good reason why anyone bringing a claim against such a company needs a good personal injury attorney experienced in asbestos related lawsuits.

Individuals suffering from mesothelioma are often in extremely poor health because they are suffering from an affliction with the only known cause being exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a particularly deadly form of cancer with no known cure. Often symptoms from the disease do not show up until years after the exposure has taken place. Victims of mesothelioma can sometimes suffer for years.

The former marine mentioned above collapsed 40 minutes after providing deposition testimony and died one day later. Sadly, his widow and family will probably never be able to recover as much if the man had survived to testify at trial in front of a jury.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Mesothelioma victims deserve better than wasteful legal maneuvers," by Michael Hiltzik, April 22, 2012

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