Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral widely used in manufacturing and included as a material in many home and commercial products for more than a century, as well as being a common component in many construction products for industrial and commercial applications. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has suggested that no other toxic substance has more clearly demonstrated toxic health effects than asbestos.
Legislation was passed in the 1970s limiting exposure to the material. However, many Americans still suffer from asbestos-related illnesses. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be eligible for compensation.
Who Has Been Exposed to Asbestos?
More than 25 million people were exposed to asbestos at work and at home from 1940 to 1970. Additionally, thousands of men in the U.S. Navy were exposed to equipment covered with asbestos. Asbestos has been used in many different products, including:
- pipe insulation
- ceiling insulation
- fireproof drywall
- lawn furniture
- drywall joint compounds
- brake pads
- brake shoes
What Types of Illnesses Are Caused by Asbestos Exposure?
Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma. It has also been linked to numerous other health conditions and forms of cancer, including:
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Oral cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Pleural disease
Because it can take from 10 to 60 years for some asbestos-related diseases to surface, people exposed to asbestos decades ago may just now be developing an asbestos-related disease. Between 2,500 and 4,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
If you suspect that your cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos, you may entitled to compensation for your cancer-related medical expenses. Contact our Appleton defective product lawyers for a free consultation.
Can Asbestos Cancer Victims Get Compensation?
Yes. When you contact us for your asbestos exposure-related health problems, we’ll work hard to prove that the manufacturer failed to provide sufficient warning about the dangers of the product and that the lack of warning lead to your health condition.
Sworn testimony and court documents from the industry over the years prove that manufacturers of asbestos-containing products and companies using asbestos-containing products knew about the dangers of asbestos and knowingly exposed workers for decades. The asbestos manufacturers not only failed to warn workers and their families and consumers of asbestos dangers, but in many cases actively concealed them.
What Type of Compensation Can I Get for My Asbestos-Related Cancer?
While many corporate asbestos defendants are no longer in business, many viable companies remain. Money from insurance coverage, reinsurers, bankruptcy trusts, and company assets is still available to compensate victims of asbestos-related diseases. While there are applicable time deadlines, eligibility requirements, and other evidentiary requirements, many exposure victims can receive compensation for asbestos-related diseases.
Compensation you may be eligible for includes:
- Past and continuing medical expenses related to your asbestos exposure
- Lost wages
- Physical and mental distress
- Funeral expenses (in cases where a loved one died after exposure to asbestos)
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You will pay nothing up front when you hire Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay us if we win your asbestos cancer case.
Let Us Fight for You
If you believe you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos, you may have a claim. Cancer and other diseases caused by asbestos can leave victims with large medical bills and a reduced quality of life. You shouldn’t have to pay medical bills out of pocket when your illness is due to someone else’s negligence. Let our Green Bay asbestos lawyers fight for your right to compensation. Call (920) 486-9726 now for a free consultation.