Earlier in my career, I represented some companies that were manufacturers of products that use asbestos. In that litigation, I got involved with folks that had what they call mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a horrible, horrible disease. Folks with mesothelioma have a death sentence. The only know reason for mesothelioma is inhalation of asbestos fibers.
I got involved in my first case representing a victim of mesothelioma back in the late 1990s. I got a call from one of my childhood friends, and he told me that his father had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. It was a sad call because I knew from my prior days working for insurance companies that basically his father was going to die from this disease. I flew back home, met with the client, his wife, and his family, and we talked about it. We talked about why he would get this type of disease. He was an auto mechanic, and he had been dealing with brake linings and had been dealing with all sorts of auto parts that had asbestos in them. And in his basement, he had books on all the different types of products he had dealt with over the years. We did a thorough investigation, and found almost all of the products he had dealt with in his career, and we brought the case. We brought the case against all the folks that had manufactured the products. We were able to recover for him and his family, for the mesothelioma. Unfortunately, we were unable to get it done before he passed away.