Throughout the history of labor in the United States, many industries have been known to expose workers to risk and disease. According to a recent case, a man was diagnosed with mesothelioma based on asbestos exposure when he worked in the oil industry. After a painful death, the victim’s family filed a wrongful death claim against Chevron and Texaco based on asbestos exposure that took place while the victim was working for the defendant companies. The plaintiffs allege that their loved one contracted mesothelioma and died from the asbestos exposure. Now the family is seeking to recover damages and court costs.
Asbestos exposure can be fatal and may not be detected for years, even decades after exposure. Many victims will not learn of their asbestos exposure until they have contracted mesothelioma, a deadly asbestos-related cancer. Our Boston mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to representing individuals and families who are impacted by this fatal disease. We will take the time to uncover the facts of your case, work to identify all responsible individuals and entities, and pursue maximum compensation on behalf of mesothelioma victims and their families. In addition to providing strategic advocacy in mesothelioma cases, our firm is abreast of asbestos-related claims and legal developments in Massachusetts and nationwide.
The lawsuit involving the Texaco and Chevron employee is an example of how workers in some industries are at a greater risk of asbestos exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control, many known cancer clusters emerged in the 1960s. Researchers found that mesothelioma was directly linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a fibrous material used in shipbuilding, but has also been a known risk for workers in the oil industry. It is commonly associated with industrial and consumer products.
Workers in some industries have a higher risk of asbestos-exposure because their place of employment was surrounded with asbestos. Some of the highest risk industries involve shipyards, power plants, industrial facilities, and oil refineries. Individuals who were most likely to suffer from asbestos exposure worked between the 1940s to the late 1980s. Individuals who were exposed to asbestos at an oil refinery or when working for a large oil company, such as Texaco or Chevron, may be entitled to significant damages.
Mesothelioma is a deadly disease and sadly, there is no cure. Victims may seek some treatment options, but mesothelioma has a high rate of fatality. Victims can be of any age, but the average age of diagnosis is 72, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Every year, nearly 3,000 Americans will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Family members who suffer because of the loss of a loved one may also pursue wrongful death claims against responsible entities. In addition to compensation for medical bills, victims and their families may be able to recover for pain and suffering, long-term care needs, funeral expenses, and other personal losses related to the illness. Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked at an oil refinery or in an industrial capacity should consult with an experienced advocate.
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