Asbestos related illnesses strike thousands of hard working Americans, every year. According to the Environmental Working Group, as many as 30 deaths each day may be attributed to asbestos related diseases. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may feel at a loss as to how to cover your medical bills and provide for the financial future of your family.
Companies Should be Held Responsible for Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure dangers have been well understood since the early 20th century. An inexpensive material, asbestos was prized for its insulating properties as well as fire resistance, and was used in a wide variety of industries, including ship building, construction, electrical work, pipe fitting, metal fabrication and many others.
Today, asbestos is still widely utilized in the automotive industry Asbestos fibers can easily become airborne, where they can be inhaled by workers and settle on clothing. Unfortunately, many employers did not take action to protect their workers against harmful asbestos fibers, exposing employees and their families to unnecessary health risks.
Employers and product manufacturers have not always been honest about the risks associated with asbestos exposure. In one case, a company went as far as to conceal air monitoring results from the US Environmental Protection Agency, which would have revealed a massive asbestos exposure that killed 250 people and sickened as many as 2000. In another, a landlord hired homeless people to improperly remove asbestos from a property he was preparing for demolition.
Most cases may be less extreme than these examples, but no less deadly for the people sickened by exposure. For decades, companies knew of the toxic risks associated with asbestos, yet chose to put their bottom line above the health of their workers and the general public.
Asbestos related illness can take as many as 50 years to fully develop. Many workers exposed during the mid to late 20th century construction boom may just now be feeling their first symptoms. Additionally, due to the tremendous quantity of asbestos used in construction during the 1950s-70s, many homeowners may face possible exposure from the use of asbestos containing products in their homes.
Mesothelioma Illness: How Can I Obtain Compensation?
Bergman Draper Oslund has decades of mesothelioma case experience. Over our years of successful asbestos litigation, we have developed an extensive database of corporations responsible for exposing workers to asbestos, nationwide. Armed with these records, our experts will evaluate your work history in an effort to identify the likely source of your (or your loved one’s) asbestos exposure.
If you worked in a particularly high-risk industry, you may have been exposed by more than one employer. This is why we conduct an extensive review of your job site history and medical.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact Bergman Draper Oslund now to initiate your claim. We have decades of experience in asbestos law and an excellent record of significant settlements for our clients. We have won over $700 million in damages and settlements for our asbestos and mesothelioma clients. Let us help you, too.
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