Asbestos is a tough, durable material that is derived from a naturally occurring mineral. There are an abundance of commercially applicable purposes because of its strength, resistance to heat, and ability to be woven.
From roofing materials to cement products, asbestos has been used in a multitude of products. It was once considered a godsend for its fire-retardant properties, but manufacture, maintenance, and removal of this material is now strictly regulated due to clinical evidence that has determined asbestos can lead to several health problems, including death from lung cancer or mesothelioma.
The Danger of Asbestos Exposure
When a person is exposed to asbestos, microscopic slivers of the material can easily become inhaled, where they embed in the lungs. Over time, scar tissue develops and causes a breathing difficulty known as asbestosis. Many people also develop mesothelioma following asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically affects the membrane lining of the abdomen or lungs. Around 3,000 cases are diagnosed every year in the U.S., and this rate is climbing. Almost all cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma has a poor prognosis and treatment is both intrusive and expensive. While mesothelioma may appear and progress rapidly, it typically does not manifest until decades after exposure.
Workplace Exposure to Asbestos
Workplace exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma in the United States. The link between industrial use of asbestos and lung disease has been established since the 1940s. Unfortunately, many industries chose to ignore this and endangered the health and safety of their workers. In 1970, legislation was passed mandating employers protect workers from known hazards, including asbestos. Despite the fact that asbestos use, maintenance and removal is now strictly regulated, many buildings constructed prior to the 1970’s still have asbestos.
It also went into drywall, floor tiles, pipe and boiler insulation, and ceiling tiles in schools built before 1980. Given its often slow progression, many workers who were exposed to asbestos decades ago are only now suffering the consequences. The most common victims of mesothelioma include:
- Construction workers
- Car mechanics
- Building engineers
- Railroad workers
- Shipyard employees
How We Help
Mesothelioma comes with life-long consequences, including substantial medical bills and lost wages. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, contact our office immediately. Mike Agruss Law, aggressively represents clients in the pursuit of fair compensation. We begin by proving liability and then work tirelessly to establish the maximum amount of your damages. If you or someone you care for has suffered from asbestos exposure, you have options.
Contact Mike Agruss Law, for a free consultation. Michael is an experienced asbestos attorney representing individuals and families who have suffered an injury due to asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma. Mike Agruss Law, will handle your personal injury case quickly, will advise you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire us–just the opportunity to seek justice.