The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children

October 27, 2010. By Brenda Craig

Chicago, IL: Attorney Michael Angelides believes that there is no foreseeable end to the number of victims of mesothelioma, a rare but always fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos that fills the lungs with tumors and essentially suffocates its victims.

The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children

“The diagnosis rate for mesothelioma in the US has remained constant for years, and is projected to be constant for years to come,”

says Angelides, whose firm Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides & Barnerd has represented hundreds of clients affected by mesothelioma in every state in the US. “This was a 100 percent preventable disease. There were plenty of asbestos-free substitutes and alternatives but companies chose not to use them.”

Most of the mesothelioma personal injury and wrongful death suits involve workers who were exposed to asbestos in workplace settings, but there are a growing number of victims with secondary asbestos exposure, or take-home exposure, as Angelides calls it.


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