Prior to the late 1970’s, resulting from the extensive use of asbestos in industrial, commercial and domestic products, hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to some capacity of asbestos. Nearly all individuals with a history of asbestos exposure are at a potentially life-threatening risk for serious health complications.
Individuals (or, if deceased, their spouses) that are suffering from COPD, breathing problems, shortness of breath when you exert yourself, serious lung diseases, and/or any cancer of the lungs, throat, stomach, colo-rectal area or intestines due to working with asbestos have an excellent chance of receiving substantial monetary compensation for damages, whether it be from the original manufacturer or the original installer of the product containing asbestos, or a victims’ trust fund that has assumed liability for the company that produced/installed asbestos-containing products.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a chemical resistant fibrous material. It is one of two forms of magnesium silicate. The other distinguishing property of asbestos is that it does not burn.
Where has it been used?
Asbestos had been used for decades in virtually every type of industrial setting because of its fire resistant properties. It was used as electrical insulation, chemical filters, fireproofing, building materials, and brake linings, to name a few. Asbestos was almost everywhere.
Why is it a danger?
People who worked with asbestos products were exposed to asbestos particles over a long period of time. Inhaling asbestos particles over time creates chronic inflammation of the lungs, known as asbestosis.
Who’s at risk?
Virtually anyone who worked in an industrial setting before the late 1970’s was put at risk of developing serious lung and health problems due to asbestos exposure. Asbestos was also present in many commercial and domestic products, so exposure was even more significant.
Who’s at fault?
There is ample evidence that manufacturers and industries were aware of the potential health risks of asbestos as early as the 1930’s, but continued to make and sell asbestos products on the market. This makes them liable for damages to people who have suffered because of their actions.
Has your health been compromised?
The list of illnesses that people have been subject to working with or being exposed to asbestos is a long one. This list includes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, and other respiratory ailments. Cancers of the lungs, throat, stomach, intestines, colon, and rectum have also been linked to asbestos exposure.
You may be eligible for compensation
If you are suffering from any of these asbestos-related illnesses, you have an excellent chance of receiving substantial monetary compensation for damages caused by this insidious product. If you are the surviving spouse of a person who has died because of asbestos exposure, you are entitled as well. Compensation may come from an original manufacturer of asbestos products, the original installer of such products, or a victims’ trust fund that has assumed liability for the company that produced or installed products containing asbestos.
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