Trends in Cancer Litigation

Minneapolis workers’ compensation attorney, Dean Salita, talks about different trends he sees in cancer litigation.

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It’s a strange thing. Here we are in the second decade of the 2000s, and I don’t know if it’s been food or chemicals over the past 50 years since post-World War II, but I’m seeing an uptick in a lot of injured workers with different types of cancer. And not just the typical asbestos and mesothelioma cancers that I handle, and I do a lot of that. But I’m seeing funky – as I like to call them – cancers, and after talking to many oncologists and occupational medicine doctors, they’re seeing the same thing.

And I’ve developed a practice of when people have come to me, depending on what their occupation is, many cancers, and I’ve had many good results, with my clients. Printers, electricians, plumbers, teachers, many people dealing in the computer industry have been coming down in the last 10, 15, 20, 25 years with cancers that really come out of nowhere. And there’s a lot of medical studies, and there’s a lot of literature on many of these cancers that most lawyers and most people don’t know. And I pride myself on researching and digging in as to where this could be, and we’ve had some very good results as a result of that.

The biggest part of that is, obviously, if somebody’s passing away from cancer, they want to make sure their family’s taken care of. Many people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s have children, and under the worker’s compensation, and even third party litigation, they can be taken care of. Many people just hear cancer, and they think, “Oh, I’ve got cancer. My parents had it. Somebody had it.” But they should really investigate what chemicals and what their life has been in order that could have caused this exposure.

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