Legal professionals who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases are a relatively recent phenomenon. This is because use of asbestos—the number one cause of mesothelioma cancer—was not common until the twentieth century. People used asbestos for many purposes for several decades, assuming it was safe. However, years later more and more people began getting sick from what turned out to be asbestos-related illness, such as asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma claims did not used to be commonplace
Prior to the 1930s, mesothelioma claims were unheard of, although asbestos’ popularity as a multi-purpose wonder material was on the rise. This is because the extremely negative effects of long-term asbestos exposure are often not seen until decades after a person is first exposed to the material. Malignant mesothelioma in particular has an unusually long latency period, and an average of 30 or more years may pass between the time of asbestos exposure and the time a mesothelioma victim begins to display symptoms.
A sharp spike in claims
In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a large spike in the number of mesothelioma claims being filed. People who had spent the earlier part of the century as young laborers or skilled tradespeople were finally falling gravely ill, and in time the connection was made between mesothelioma and asbestos, pinpointing the cause of the deadly industrial disease: working with asbestos-containing materials over the long term.
The trouble continues
Mesothelioma claims are still on the rise, with experts predicting that they will peak within the next decade. Although more and more countries have banned asbestos usage outright, there are still many parts of the globe were full bans are not in place—including the United States, which still permits the import of asbestos-containing materials, although mining and manufacture of the same have been illegal for some while.
How a mesothelioma attorney can help you
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma cancer, contact an attorney who specializes in handling mesothelioma claims. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney can help you determine the value of your case, and get you the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.