Asbestos was used for many years as an insulation medium. It was used in a host of applications, from pipe coverings to ceiling material to cloth insulation blankets, in brake pads for cars, in boilers on ships or furnaces in buildings. The dangers of inhaling dust containing asbestos fibers began to be understood as early as the 1930's, but manufacturers and distributors, conscious of their profits, persisted in denying the dangers of asbestos for too long. By the late 1960's and early 1970's, however, the use of asbestos was in sharp decline because of the overwhelming evidence of its danger to those exposed to it.
People are still becoming sick and dying from asbestos exposure, despite the passage of time since it was sold and distributed. This is because the cancers caused by asbestos exposure, primarily mesothelioma and lung cancer, take years to develop after exposure to asbestos. The workplaces in which many victims were employed had old asbestos embedded in the construction and the disruption or decay of these sites often gave off asbestos fibers from old installations.
Many lives have been lost and ruined and many families have grieved the loss of a loved one because of their exposure to asbestos in the workplace many years before.
Often people who have received the grim diagnosis of mesothelioma have no memory or knowledge of when and how they came into contact with asbestos. However, mesothelioma is generally considered to be only caused by asbestos exposure, so the diagnosis almost always means that there was exposure at some point.
Those harmed by asbestos exposure are entitled to compensation for the cancer caused by that exposure. However, the right to recovery will depend completely on the choice of a lawyer who has particular expertise in understanding how to investigate and present that claim. The lawyer must have the resources which will allow him or her to analyze the work history of the injured party and deduce where and when the exposure occurred and the parties responsible for that exposure.
Almost any of the construction trades has the potential for exposure to asbestos. Even family members of the workers have been known to contract mesothelioma from the asbestos- containing dust brought home by the worker on his or her clothing.
If you or a loved one has contracted mesothelioma or lung cancer and wonder if asbestos exposure played a part, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. Our team can assure that each victim injured as a result of asbestos exposure receives the best possible representation.