Explain the Causes of Asbestos Cancer
The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, and unfortunately, many environments and products that still contain it. Although the government began to regulate asbestos products and industries in the 1970s, mesothelioma remains a threat to thousands of workers and families.
The truly unjust aspect of this disease is that it is preventable. After negligent employers made billions of dollars in profits, many of their former workers now face asbestos cancer alone.
Our Louisiana mesothelioma attorneys have backgrounds in medicine and science, and they are dedicated to exploring every avenue of relief for those whose occupations and exposures to asbestos were the causes of their mesothelioma cancer.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals that bond with minerals or metals to form fibers. It is a naturally occurring substance, mined out of the deep underground rock.
Asbestos fibers are strong and highly resistant to heat and flame, which is why it was so widely used in many commercial and manufacturing industries throughout the twentieth century. Asbestos does not biodegrade, so it will persist in our environment, and the government heavily regulates its disposal.
Products Containing Asbestos
Prior to the 1970s, asbestos was widely available and used for a variety of commercial products, including construction and housing materials, textiles and automotive parts.
Although regulated, many products in the United States still contain asbestos. Besides remaining in older houses and buildings, it is still used legally in certain automobile brakes and clutches, roofing materials and vinyl tile.
Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
In the past, the occupations most highly at risk for asbestos exposure included the mining and milling of the raw material out of the ground, and workers engaged in manufacturing the raw materials into commercial products.
These workers only began to see the effects decades later and are now developing symptoms of asbestos exposure. Today, workers at high risk include those whose occupation exposes them to older buildings for renovations or asbestos removal.
Contact Our Louisiana Mesothelioma Lawyers
When a mesothelioma diagnosis was due to your former occupation or asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills and treatment, lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
Do not hesitate to contact our Louisiana mesothelioma lawyers at Harrell & Nowak, L.L.C., who will meet with you at no cost and who represent clients on a contingency fee basis.