Asbestos and Personal Injury
Of all the different types of personal injury lawsuits that are filed in the United States, lawsuits having to do with asbestos and personal injury represent the most expensive and longest running in history. Asbestos is a mineral that has been used for centuries. It is highly prized because it is strong, resistant to heat and flame, and inexpensive to mine. Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic. As long ago as the days of Ancient Rome, it was suspected that asbestos was causing those exposed to it to become sick, and those suspicions were proven in the 1970s when it was established as a carcinogen and health hazard responsible for asbestosis, a rare and fatal form of cancer known as mesothelioma, and a number of other serious conditions. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or lost a loved one to mesothelioma, then the experienced personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help.
Most people believe that asbestos is no longer an issue in the United States. They think that it was banned around the same time that cigarette companies were forced to stop advertising on television and to put warning labels on their cartons. The truth is that though the EPA attempted to ban use of this toxic material in the 1980s, the powerful asbestos lobbies pushed back and the law stopping asbestos use was overturned: only new uses have been prevented. Though asbestos is now highly regulated, there are still many violations that occur and lead to exposure. More importantly, many of the conditions that are caused by exposure to asbestos have extremely long latency periods. This means that though a person may have been exposed to asbestos in the 1950s or 1960s, they may only begin to exhibit symptoms of the serious conditions that they have been sickened with now. The majority of those who have been exposed to asbestos got that deadly exposure while at work. The occupations that were most at risk were those who worked in factories or industrial settings and in shipyards. Electricians, plumbers and drywall installers were exposed, but so were teachers who work in America’s schools, which were built using asbestos ceiling tiles, floor tiles and insulation.
The reason that asbestos exposure is often the basis for a personal injury lawsuit is that the asbestos manufacturers who used asbestos in their products, materials and supplies did so with the knowledge that asbestos was dangerous, but chose to put their profits over the health of the people who would work with or in the presence of asbestos-contaminated products. Not only has that decision impacted workers, but also others who have been exposed to asbestos through second-hand exposure.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos and has been sickened or died of an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation from the asbestos companies. Call the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights.