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A mesothelioma diagnosis can cause grief in patients, family, and friends. It can be especially difficult for surviving loved ones of those who die of mesothelioma. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer can be extremely difficult because someone may have been taken too soon. While mesothelioma can take a long time to develop, once it does, it can progress fast, thus leading to an early death.

After someone loses a loved one to mesothelioma, it can take time to overcome grief. Also, the grieving process may involve various feelings and behaviors. Below, we share some of the common grief responses to losing a loved one to mesothelioma and how to cope.

Common Grief Responses to Losing a Loved One to Mesothelioma

For purposes of this article, the victim in this case will be referred to as M.F.B.

In a mesothelioma case, you can recover compensatory damages just like in any other personal injury case. These are damages meant to compensate the plaintiff for the harm suffered. Claimants in mesothelioma claims may also be eligible to recover punitive damages.  However, punitive damages are not awarded in all mesothelioma cases. This is because these damages are meant to punish defendants and not compensate victims or their families. Punitive damages are only awarded when the court determines that the defendant acted particularly egregiously or with the intent to cause harm. Any person found guilty of this kind of conduct pays the plaintiff’s compensatory damages and an additional amount meant to punish them and warn others from acting the same in the future.

Because of the financial burden punitive damages place on defendants, some try to dismiss a claim for such damages. In a recent mesothelioma case, the defendant, a boiler manufacturer, tried dismissing a claim for punitive damages. However, the judge sitting in the case denied the defendant’s petition and allowed the case to continue in its entirety. Burnham LLC, one of the defendants being blamed for the malignant mesothelioma that killed M.F.B. in 2021, could be required to pay the deceased’s punitive damages at the end of the case after the court ruled that the company was unable to prove that punitive damages were not warranted.

For purposes of this article, the plaintiff in this case will be referred to as A.H.V.

Johnson & Johnson, the famous American corporation, has been sued by tens of thousands of people for its talc-based products. According to claimants, the company’s baby powder and other talc products sometimes contained asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause mesothelioma and other fatal illnesses. Most litigation has been halted during bankruptcy proceedings, but J&J faced a setback after a recent ruling. Recently, a California jury decided that a particular plaintiff who filed their case against J&J in 2022 is entitled to $18.8 million for his medical expenses and pain and suffering. This is a lot of money for a company seeking to settle thousands of similar claims. The case proceeded after the U.S. Chief Bankruptcy Judge overseeing J&J’s subsidiary LTL Management’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy allowed it to proceed. The case was allowed to proceed mainly because the plaintiff’s mesothelioma is extremely rare. This makes his case different from most of the other pending cases against J&J.

The plaintiff in this case, A.H.V., filed his legal claim in 2022 after being diagnosed with a rare kind of mesothelioma. A.H.V. said that he developed mesothelioma in the tissue around his heart. This kind of mesothelioma is called pericardial mesothelioma.  Research suggests that approximately 350 cases of this form of mesothelioma have ever been reported. According to the plaintiff, he developed pericardial mesothelioma because of the prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder as a child.

Companies facing asbestos exposure claims are rarely willing to accept liability and pay mesothelioma victims or families of victims the compensation they deserve. Companies in asbestos claims and lawsuits are usually represented by skilled attorneys armed with several defense strategies. And the truth is that some of the defenses defendants’ attorneys present in mesothelioma cases are quite strong. For this reason, it is vital that if you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma and you plan to file an asbestos exposure claim against the negligent party or parties, you hire a skilled attorney to represent you in your claim. In the legal system, there is a balance between the claimant’s and defendant’s interests. Defendants have the right to raise defenses, and claimants have the right to dispute the defenses raised by the defense side.

As someone planning to file a mesothelioma claim, it is crucial that you are aware of the possible defenses companies in asbestos exposure claims use. The following are a few of the defenses defendants in mesothelioma cases use.

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