Were You or a Loved One Exposed to Asbestos?
- If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.
- See if you qualify for a free asbestos cancer lawsuit claim review by filling out the free form on this page.
The use of asbestos has been banned for most purposes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to severe asbestos health risks.
However, before the ban, many individuals had already experienced extensive long-term asbestos exposure through their workplace. Because asbestos-related diseases often take years to develop, many people are now contracting these diseases decades after their asbestos exposure.
Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancerous disease that affects the lining of the lungs, stomach, or heart. Every year, thousands of people die from mesothelioma caused by asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos is also known to cause lung cancer, larynx cancer, esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, as well as the non-malignant disease of asbestosis.
Asbestos, which has historically been used in over 3,000 products. From the early 1900s until the 1990s, asbestos was used in thousands of different products, including insulation, cement, joint compounds, gaskets, packing, brake linings, clutches, boilers, furnaces, and other industrial and construction products.
It is estimated that over 25 million people have been exposed to asbestos in numerous workplaces such as the U.S. Navy, shipyards, oil refineries, steel mills, chemical companies, power plants, motor vehicle repair shops, and throughout the construction industry.
See more on the occupations with the highest risk of mesothelioma and other related diseases caused by asbestos here.
Mesothelioma Caused By Asbestos: How Common Is It?
Although mesothelioma is considered a rare form of cancer, it is not rare among those people who have been exposed to asbestos. According to Cancer.Net’s editorial board, over 3,000 individuals every year are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Asbestos lung cancer is even more common among those people exposed to asbestos. The Environmental Working Group estimates that between 1999 and 2013, anywhere between 127,000 to 159,000 people died from asbestos-related lung cancer.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Asbestos lawsuits and asbestos class action lawsuits are litigated around the country as families of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer victims fight to claim their portion of mesothelioma compensation funds.
There are still millions of dollars available in asbestos disease funds. A recent lawsuit resulted in a $70 million settlement for a lab technician of a biopharmaceutical company who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.
It’s important to note that family members of workers exposed to asbestos may also be diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, even though they never handled or worked with asbestos.
Second-hand exposure to asbestos can be just as dangerous as immediate exposure, with continuous long-term second-hand exposure potentially leading to the same fatal illnesses as having primary contact.
These family members are also participating in mesothelioma class action lawsuits, filing individual asbestos lawsuits, and being awarded portions of asbestos compensation funds.
Read more: How to File an Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit
How Fatal Is Exposure to Asbestos?
It’s estimated that 100,000 people have died, or will die, from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in shipyards.
The 100,000 deaths expected from mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases does not include construction workers, asbestos miners, or the millions of people exposed to asbestos in their homes or workplace.
Thousands of mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed by those who work in buildings built as late as the year 2000 which have asbestos in the walls, paint, and other areas office workers frequent.
Exposure to asbestos has also been shown to cause lung cancer. Mesothelioma and lung cancer are similar in that they can take decades to develop but only months to spread to other organs.
In general, it can take between 10 and 30 years after asbestos exposure for a person to be diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer. Asbestos workers who also smoke are at an even greater risk of lung cancer.
Research shows that the risk for asbestos lung cancer increases by as much as 4 percent with each year of asbestos exposure and that the concentration of asbestos fibers plays a role in the risk of developing lung cancer.
Was Asbestos Banned in the United States?
According to the EPA, 1973 was the first year efforts were made to get asbestos banned in products.
At that time, the EPA specifically outlawed spray fire-proofing or insulating material containing asbestos.
In 1975, there was a ban on installing asbestos-containing pipe insulation and block insulation on boilers and hot water tanks on facility grounds. This was especially true if the insulation could be easily crumbled.
In 1977, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the helm and had asbestos banned in spackle and other wall-patching materials as well as artificial embers used in natural gas fireplaces.
Finally, in 1978, an expansion was made to the first effort to control spray-applied products containing asbestos, and all surfacing products applied in this method were banned.
The EPA made an attempt under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 1989 to ban the vast majority of asbestos-containing products, but a good portion of this effort was overturned by a federal appeals court in 1991.
What remains is a ban on new uses of products introduced in U.S. markets for the first time after 1989.
In 2018, the EPA proposed a significant new use rule which prohibits manufacturing, importing, and processing of all new uses of asbestos — after 1989 — until it gets an opportunity to review and approve on a case-by-case basis.
Should You Hire An Asbestos Cancer Lawyer?
Mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed thousands of times in the past few decades as the far-reaching consequences of asbestos exposure have been revealed. Doctors are still diagnosing thousands of patients with asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer each year.
If you or a loved one experienced one or more of the asbestos-related diseases listed below, asbestos injury lawyers would like to speak with you to determine if you are due compensation for your injuries.
- Lung cancer
- Larynx cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Colorectal cancer
It’s important that those impacted by asbestos-related diseases speak with a mesothelioma compensation attorney to determine if they have a claim.
Thousands of people are dying every year of asbestos-related diseases. It’s critical that anyone who was exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed with an asbestos symptom disease like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases speak with a mesothelioma lawyer now.
Read more: Why Hire an Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer?
File An Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit
Asbestos cancer lawsuits are being filed around the country in increasing numbers.
The manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products have settled thousands of asbestos disease and mesothelioma lawsuits. Mesothelioma class action lawsuit settlements have resulted in millions of dollars being awarded to asbestos victims to help pay for their medical treatment, and time away from work, and pain and suffering.
In addition, spouses of those afflicted with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma may be able to sue for “loss of consortium” which roughly translates to the loss of services, society, and comfort from their spouse due to mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other asbestos-related diseases.
Remember: speaking with an asbestos settlement lawyer is always free. There’s no cost or obligation to speak with a mesothelioma consultant to see if you qualify for compensation.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or other disease caused by asbestos in the last four years, qualified mesothelioma attorneys who are experienced in filing a range of class action lawsuits and other lawsuits can help you obtain the justice you deserve.
Obtain a free review of your case by filling out the form on this page.
It’s absolutely free to submit your information and any consultation is free. The mesothelioma lawyers who work with Top Class Actions don’t get paid unless you have a case.
Read More: How Long Does an Asbestos Claim Take?
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This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.