Asbestos is a fibrous material that is valued for its heat and flame resistance,
strength, and electrical resistance. It became popular in the Second industrial
Revolution of the early 20th century, when it was widely used in manufacturing plants, factories, oil
refineries, shipyards, and railroad yards.
However, historical records show that companies were warned of the dangerous
and deadly effects of asbestos early on. Despite the warnings, manufacturing
and industrial companies continued to use asbestos without providing safety
equipment or adequate warnings to workers. As a result, thousands of employees
suffered serious and fatal diseases from breathing in toxic asbestos fibers.
Asbestos is used in a number of products, such as:
- Roofing and flooring
- Fireproof drywall
- Fire retardant coatings
It is especially popular in the construction and automobile industries.
While several other countries have completely banned its use, the United
States continues to allow asbestos with strict regulations.
The Corporate Cover Up
Manufacturing companies covered up asbestos-related illnesses among their
workers. Since the effects of asbestos exposure can take decades to appear,
companies were determined to undermine the claims of workers and avoid
liability. Some executives even offered compensation under the table to
keep employees quiet about the cause of their diseases.
Despite the cover up, asbestos lawsuits become widespread during the 1970s,
when thousands of workers began noticing the serious effects of asbestos
exposure. Trade and labor unions eventually brought the illegal actions
of corporate executives to light. The Sumner Simpson papers, containing
6,000 pages of documents, revealed the cover up of asbestos by several
industry executives. Since the cover up was exposed, thousands of victims
and their families have filed lawsuits against those responsible.
Asbestos Lawsuits Today
Although the use of asbestos was strictly limited beginning in the 1970s,
the damage has already been done. Plaintiffs who are facing years of treatment
and intensive medical care are holding companies responsible for negligently
exposing workers to harmful asbestos. A majority of the asbestos-related
illnesses and deaths could have been prevented, and manufacturers, corporate
executives, and others must be held accountable.
If You Are a Victim of Asbestos Exposure, Call Dean Law Firm Today at (432) 214-8125
Dean Law Firm provides aggressive representation to clients who are victims
of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Whatever your situation,
we will discuss your options and help you file the necessary documents
to seek justice against those responsible. Our
Midland asbestos claims lawyer will uphold your right to a settlement and fight on your behalf.
Contact us today to receive a free initial consultation.