Interested in suing for exposure to asbestos? Exposure to asbestos is now known to cause serious illness, including asbestosis and Mesothelioma, a form of cancer.
Many people were exposed to asbestos because it was commonly used in insulation and construction materials until the 1970s.
Dangerous asbestos fibers and dust floated through the air in many workplaces. If inhaled into the lungs, the fibers could cause cancer in critical organs such as the lungs and the heart.
In addition to putting workers at risk, asbestos dust traveled home on worker clothing and skin, thus putting family members at risk as well.
If you become ill as a result of exposure to asbestos, you should immediately contact an attorney and seek damages.
Unfortunately, it's no longer possible to sue the companies that manufactured asbestos in the United States.
That's because they all filed for bankruptcy. Numerous court cases filed by plaintiffs revealed that these companies knew for decades that there was a risk of illness caused by their products and they kept that information from the public.
As court case after court case ruled in favor of plaintiffs, liabilities for asbestos exposure greatly exceeded company assets. Bankruptcy was the only option.
However, all is not lost for asbestos victims. As part of the bankruptcy process, funds were set aside for future victims of asbestos exposure. This was necessary because asbestos-related illnesses take a long time to surface.
It's estimated that it can take as many as 40 years after exposure to asbestos before the diseases set in. If you were exposed to asbestos in 1970, you may not become ill until 2010.
If you are afflicted with asbestos-related illness, you can take slight comfort in the fact that you are not alone. There are 300,000 asbestos settlements pending, and the number grows every day.
Experts estimate that between 1.5 million and 2.7 million claims will be filed in the future.
The good news is that asbestos-related illnesses will not continue forever. Thankfully, asbestos use was banned in the 1970s. Mind you, asbestos danger was first suspected in the 1920's, so it took nearly fifty years to ban asbestos! There has also been a massive clean up effort to remove asbestos that was installed prior to the ban.
Be aware that there is a statute of limitations. If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or a loved one died of the disease, you have a limited amount of time to file an asbestos claim.
To pursue your claim, find an attorney who specializes in asbestos claims. They will explain how the process works and will work with you to find the company responsible for your exposure.