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The History of Asbestos Lawsuits

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:

  • Insulation
  • Roofing and flooring
  • Fireproof drywall
  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Cement
  • 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.

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