Mesothelioma Post Mortem

When a family member dies of mesothelioma, the rest of the family if often faced with a lot of emotions and the whole process can be overwhelming. In the case of a death from mesothelioma, there is another important step family members may wish to take: a post mortem examination.

Post Mortem Examination

A mesothelioma post mortem examination can be requested by the family at the time of death. This examination can be the key that allows families to gain closure on a loved one's illness. An examination can confirm the existence of asbestos fibers in the body - providing grounds for a lawsuit in some circumstances. An examination is usually completed within a few days after death. Families opposed to autopsies may request a limited post mortem examination in which only the parts of body affected by the disease are examined.

During the examination, tissue samples are taken from the body. These are then tested to determine if asbestos fibers are present that can provide a definitive link between asbestos and the person's disease. All families have the right to request a post mortem examination after a death.

Legal Options

In cases where mesothelioma can be definitively linked to a specific time and place where asbestos exposure took place, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the organization that knew of the dangers of asbestos. Many lawyers specialize in mesothelioma and asbestos cases. The goal of the lawsuit is generally to receive compensation for medical bills and the individual's pain and suffering.

A lawsuit can also bring attention to the issue of asbestos exposure. If the asbestos exposure took place in a location where others are likely to have been affected, a known lawsuit can prompt others to seek treatment, information and help.

Asbestos lawsuits have become relatively commonplace in the United States. The first such lawsuit was filed in Texas. It named eleven defendants and alleged that the defendants knew about the asbestos and related risks, but failed to warn others. The lesson from this first case is the idea of "failure to warn" and most asbestos lawsuits filed today hinge on this idea. In essence, it is the responsibility of an organization to share any information they have about risk associated with the location - and if they fail to share that information with others, they can be held liable for the exposure.

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