Seattle is one of the industrial centers of Washington state. Not only is it home to technology visionary Bill Gates, shipbuilding, aluminum processing, aerospace manufacturing, and saw and paper mill plants all call the area home. Despite their success, there are many asbestos cancer claims Seattle businesses wish they would have avoided. The use of asbestos is wide-spread. The substance makes an excellent insulator and is very fire-resistant. Unfortunately, it’s also been linked to the rare cancer mesothelioma and lung disease. The link between asbestos and cancer was made as early as 1930. However, most industries knowingly ignored the risk, failing to provide adequate protective equipment to their employees.
The continued use of asbestos is not the battle we hope to fight. Asbestos has become central to the day to day operations of some of the nation’s largest industries. What we demand is that those industries respect the health of their employees: protective equipment and proper education are a must. The fibrous nature of asbestos makes it particularly deadly. When the material sheds, as it does when under stress or as a result of aging, it’s possible for those in the vicinity to inhale highly toxic asbestos fibers. Those fibers become embedded in the lungs. As the lungs continually try to fight off the damaging agent, mistakes are made in the process. Cancerous cells develop slowly, but eventually attack the outer lining of the lungs. This infection can spread to other organs. Employees have a right to know this information. They also have a right to be given protection against this outcome. Basic respiration equipment would have prevented many illnesses.
Seattle Job Site Information
Before a claim can be made, we’ll need to establish some information about where you may have been exposed and what the duration/intensity of the exposure was. If you’re uncertain of the details, worry not. We maintain a list of known asbestos sites in the Seattle area. If that doesn’t help us solve the riddle, we will work to sort out the details. The disparity between exposure time and the development of asbestos symptoms can make it incredibly difficult for those affected to recall on their own. We understand this, and we can help you track down when and where you may have been exposed. It’s important to remember that not all exposure is direct – contractors and family members of those who may have been exposed are also at risk.
Some mesothelioma cases never go to trial. The reason for this is that most large companies have set funds aside to settle out of court. Many Seattle area mesothelioma claims have been handled without ever seeing a jury or judge. As attorneys, it is our job to communicate with the attorneys of the people we are filing actions against. If we can agree to the right terms, your case may be resolved very quickly. It’s well understood that asbestos victims don’t have the luxury of time.
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.