The Port of Portland is a center of commerce. Easy access to the Columbia River gives businesses in the Camas/Portland area a reach that spans the world. Many of Portland’s manufacturing and shipbuilding facilities serve global markets. The growth of these industries has led Portland to be one of the nation’s most highly-rated cities to live in. Unfortunately, this growth has not been free. The lumber and manufacturing industries frequently use the dangerous material asbestos in their processing plants. Shipyards use the material as insulation in the ship they build. This exposure has lead to cancer claims Portland businesses could and should have prevented.
Portland cancer claims have generally revolved around the danger posed by asbestos fibers. The material ages poorly, lending itself to shedding. The airborne fibers become embedded in the lungs. As the lungs work to repair themselves, occasional mistakes in the creation of new cells can lead to malignant cancers. This includes the rare and deadly disease known as mesothelioma, which occurs when cancer infects the outer lining of the lungs or other organs. Because of its necessity to many industries, it’s no small wonder that asbestos is still being used. What’s unthinkable is how long it was used without giving employees the option to protect themselves.
Narrowing down the list of potential exposure sites can be a bit of a task. We’ll use any information you can give us to determine where you may have been exposed to asbestos. We host a vast database of job sites complete with history and exposure information. You may peruse it at your leisure to try to determine where things may have gone wrong, or you can leave it to us. Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness can be incredibly stressful. If you decide to leave the details to us, know that we’ll do our very best to verify them. You may have other arrangements you need to make – we can handle the particulars if need be.
Opting for Settlement or Not
The litigation of asbestos lawsuits is not new. In fact, many asbestos cancer claims are settled out of court. This is a way for businesses to admit responsibility without dragging the decision out. Many businesses have reserved resources for answering asbestos claims. Depending on the industry, the requirements for accessing these funds can be dramatically different. However, they are in place to permit the smooth processing of claims. Drawing out deliberations is good for nobody – especially not the victim or his/her family. However, if the settlement you’re offered doesn’t insure the long-term security of your family, we might suggest waiting it out. These businesses took advantage of the people who trusted them – justice is served only when that charge has been met.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us for a free private evaluation today.