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Family members win case in mesothelioma deaths

Being diagnosed with or losing a loved one to cancer can be a very difficult situation for many Minnesota residents. If cancer, such as mesothelioma, was a result of exposure to asbestos particles, those surviving family members may feel that certain parties should be held liable for the death of their loved one. In such a situation, individuals may wish to file a claim against companies or other potentially liable parties in order to seek compensation.

Eleven families in another state recently won a case in which they were claiming that exposure to asbestos had resulted in the cancer and subsequent death of their family members. Reports state that two companies that supplied asbestos materials to a plant for approximately 30 years were deemed responsible in the case. The asbestos resulted in some individuals working in the plant developing cancer as well as some family members of workers who had brought particles home on their clothing.

It was also reported that the case came about as the result of 11 people dying from mesothelioma. The family members of the victims testified in court, and afterward, the judge made the decision to award damages. Reports stated that over $90 million was awarded between the 11 families, with the amounts each family received differing depending on their circumstances.

Mesothelioma is a very serious disease that can claim the lives of loved ones. If exposure to asbestos particles is found to have been the cause of the development of the cancer, affected individuals may have the cause to file a claim against liable parties. Concerned residents in Minnesota may wish to explore the options available for seeking reparations for illnesses and deaths caused by asbestos.

Source: nj.com, "$90.5 million awarded to 11 Manville families who lost members to asbestos-related cancer", Sue Epstein, July 2, 2014

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