Depending on which studies you read, the expert projections are that there will continue to be between 2500 and 4500 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year for the foreseeable future. Our firm continues to actively pursue these cases around the country. Although many of the older (sometimes referred to as “tier one”) companies are in bankruptcy, in many cases, smaller secondary companies have been identified as providing asbestos containing materials for various worksites.
The fact that many Defendants are in bankruptcy does not prohibit settlement from those companies although the amounts available from the various bankruptcy trusts are typically much lower than would be expected at trial. In addition to the traditional cases against asbestos suppliers and manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, in some instances, lawyers are focusing on premises liability exposure and property owners are joined in lawsuits where workers were neither protected nor warned about the presence of asbestos.
In addition to the continuing number of mesothelioma cases in the United States, international use of asbestos unfortunately assures that victims around the world will suffer from asbestos-related diseases for years to come. During the years that the United States saw dramatic reductions in the production and use of asbestos, countries such as India, Brazil and China experienced a sharp rise in asbestos production and use. Unfortunately, because of lax medical testing and treatment, and poor reporting and record keeping, the vast majority of mesothelioma cases in those countries go unreported.
Our firm has several mesothelioma cases set for trial this year and we are continuing to investigate new cases around the country. Mike Andrews is the lead mesothelioma lawyer in our firm. He may be reached anytime for questions at 800-898-2034 or by email at Michael.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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