Asbestos attorney Tom Lamb has been handling asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits as well as asbestos workers’ compensation claims involving mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and asbestosis for more than 25 years.
Asbestos refers to naturally occurring fibrous mineral silicates — which means it’s a soft rock. The asbestos rock is mined and then crushed to produce the material we know as asbestos. Asbestos fibers are categorized as serpentines (curly fibers) or amphiboles (straight fibers). Chrysotile asbestos is classified as serpentine. Amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, tremolite, and actinolite are classified as amphiboles.
Use of asbestos became popular near the end of the 19th century due to its resistance to heat, electricity, and chemicals and its use continued through the 1970s. Documents reveal that asbestos manufacturers were aware of the health risks related to exposure to asbestos from the 1940s and 1950s, but concealed this information from their employees. In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began to regulate asbestos. Today workers are protected from exposure to asbestos as a result of very strict regulations and enforcement.
Exposure to all types of asbestos is known to cause lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Cancer refers to cells that become abnormal. Abnormal cells destroy healthy cells and spread to other parts of the body. Abnormal cells multiply faster than healthy cells and form too much tissue, resulting in a tumor. Lung cancer occurs inside the lungs, and is different from mesothelioma in that malignant pleural mesothelioma affects the covering of the lungs. It is a cancer is a cancer of the pleura, the membrane which covers the surface of the lungs and lines the inside of the chest.
Lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers and other companies are based on legal theories such as negligence and products liability. The evidence is that the asbestos manufacturers knew that asbestos products were unsafe because the asbestos dust created during use of their products caused mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. However, the asbestos companies failed to warn workers about the dangers of asbestos. There are statutes of limitations in each state which establish the deadline by which you must file your asbestos claim, and within each state there may be a different statutes of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit.
Over at our Asbestos-Mesothelioma.com web site you can find more in-depth information about asbestos, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well as general legal advice for people affected by asbestos exposure.
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