As factory workers and their families increasingly suffer the ill-effects of past exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma has become a household word and, in a sense, it’s own field of law. A rare form of cancer affecting the protective coating of the internal organs, mesothelioma is generally found exclusively in individuals who have suffered from prolonged, high-level exposure to airborne asbestos fibers, usually in a factory or military setting.
Although the dangers of asbestos are now very well publicized, and asbestos is no longer a common fixture in the workplace, it was previously prized for its superior insulation abilities. Because of this prevalence, many large corporations and governments which previously utilized asbestos in their production methods are now creating funds for victims of mesothelioma and their families and hiring trained adjudicators to process claims and determine appropriate disbursement. As this area of law continues to develop, factual resources, including new and used books, are crucial sources of information.