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a 51-year old construction contractor bringing a claim for asbestos but am
uncertain which specific exposure to asbestos dust caused my injuries. How do I prove causation?
of the main challenges in asbestos litigation is proving causation. The courts have created a number of different
causation standards due to the fact that there could be several contributing
factors, missing direct evidence of exposure to a particular product, many
potential places of exposure, and numerous asbestos products. Federal courts rely on the substantial factor
standard to evaluate whether exposure to a product containing asbestos was a
cause-in-fact of the aggrieved party's asbestos-related illness. This standard is is based on the notion that
the consequence of exposure to asbestos dust is cumulative and may cause a
separate and additional injury. It is up
to the jury to look at the circumstantial evidence and determine whether the
plaintiff's exposure was a contributing factor to his or her disease.
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