Asbestos DangersA New Orleans man who contracted mesothelioma has sued a large number of companies, claiming that they are responsible for his illness. The complaint alleges that the companies did not inform him about the health hazards associated with asbestos.

According to the worker, each of the companies named in the suit had a duty to warn him about the hazards associated with breathing in, handling and generally being exposed to asbestos products. However, he says that none of the defendants fulfilled this obligation. The man further alleges that, if he had been warned about the dangers associated with asbestos, he would not have contracted mesothelioma. Finally, the suit claims that the defendants either knew about or should have known about the dangers associated with handling asbestos products and that they are liable for the injuries arising from said handling of the products.

Case Seeks Money for Medical Costs and Other Financial Damages

Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant companies actually hid the health dangers associated with the asbestos products that they sold -- and which the plaintiff handled. In addition to the products manufacturers, the plaintiff's past employers were also named in the suit. The ex-employers have been accused to hiding the risks associated with handling asbestos products on the job.

The mesothelioma-stricken man is asking for an unspecified amount of damages relating to his medical costs, mental suffering, lost earnings and physical pain and suffering. He is also asking for damages relating to the loss of his quality of life and loss of consortium.

Americans with Mesothelioma Could Have Claims for Restitution

Some jobs, unfortunately, come with very specific health risks and dangers. However, when these risks are hidden from employees -- especially when it comes to asbestos and cancer-causing materials exposure -- a worker could develop a fatal disease as a result. Workers who contract mesothelioma from on-the-job asbestos exposure, may have claims for financial restitution under the law. They also may have the ability to pursue workers' compensation benefits to help pay for their medical care, disability expenses and other costs associated with the disease.