Asbestos is everywhere throughout the United States and exists as a natural mineral that’s resistant to water, heat, electricity, and chemicals. As a very durable material, asbestos was commonly used in a variety of different industries before it was found to be dangerous. Asbestos was used in building materials such as flooring, drywall, insulation, concrete and cement, fire retardant coatings, pipes, bricks, paints, sealants, and joint compound. Asbestos is still used today in products ranging from roofing materials to automotive parts. The use of asbestos today is regulated by OSHA – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA didn’t regulate asbestos exposure in the workplace until 1971.
When asbestos decays and degrades, it crumbles into tiny pointed fragments which can lodge in the lungs of those who are exposed to it. It has been shown to cause a number of serious health problems, which include asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. The companies that made asbestos were aware that it caused health problems, yet still continued to manufacture and sell it, allowing its use in products ranging from building materials to commercial and household products. Over the years, many people, especially those who worked in industrial or trade jobs and in the military, were exposed to asbestos at work and brought it home to their families on their clothing at night.
Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit Settlements
Every year, there are thousands of people that suffer from diseases that are directly related to asbestos exposure. Our mesothelioma lawyers may help you protect your rights if you have been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you or a family member is suffering from asbestos exposure, you should speak with an asbestos lawyer handling asbestosis and mesothelioma cases immediately. At Herbert & McClelland LLP our experienced trial lawyers know what it takes to investigate, litigate, and win a case.
It costs nothing to talk to an asbestos exposure lawyer in order to determine whether you may have an asbestos case. Call 800-948-5066 for a free evaluation of your asbestos claim.