Tacoma has a long and storied history. Local industries include saw and paper mills, industrial manufacturing, aluminum processing, shipbuilding, and beer brewing. Chemical processing and production plants also found their roots in the area. The ease of access to the sound made the production and shipment of large quantities of product to global markets very attractive to the area’s budding entrepreneurs. Those businessmen and women were not always as careful as they should have been, however. In many cases, asbestos exposure could have been prevented. Protective equipment was unheard of for many years, and despite industry executives knowing the risks, employees were rarely informed the of the danger they were in.
Mesothelioma is caused by damage that spreads from the inner lungs. Fibrous materials can irritate and damage lung tissue. The body, struggling to repair the damage, overcompensates in its cell production. Increased cell reproduction leads to mistakes being made in the copies; cancer is caused by cells that are copied improperly and refuse to die normally. Mesothelioma occurs when those cells exist in the outer lining of the lungs and other tissues. Asbestos is made of fibers that are easily shed, especially if the material is stressed or old. Breathing asbestos dust, even for short periods, is incredibly hazardous. Respirators would have prevented many mesothelioma cases.
Tacoma Asbestos Claims: Occupation and Exposure
Most Tacoma asbestos cases are filed by people exposed to asbestos at a job site. This includes people who are contract workers at sites that use asbestos. Mesothelioma is a serious condition that requires very little contact with the material. If you think you may have been exposed while at work, you can consult or database of known asbestos sites. There’s a significant delay between contact with asbestos and the appearance of indicators – the details may be difficult to remember. We can help you retrace your steps, pinpointing likely areas of exposure. We’re committed to seeking justice, but a huge part of that is being certain we’re taking action against the right people.
Tacoma Asbestos Claims: Legal Options and Settlements
We generally urge our clients not to accept mere medical coverage. The danger of asbestos has been widely known for several decades. There’s little question if your employer knowingly put you at risk. The disregard for your health is one thing. The disregard for the emotional well-being of your family is another thing entirely. Many industries have reserves meant for use in asbestos cases. It’s a favoured term in bankruptcy filings – because a company may not exist in its previous form doesn’t mean it won’t be held responsible. Access to settlement funds differs case by case. As we build evidence, we’ll be better able to discuss legal options and moving forward.