The history of asbestos spans a great many years. In the United States, the use of asbestos really took root in the late 1850s. The industrial revolution set in motion an ongoing demand for heat-resistant materials. Modern ships use the material as insulation. The unsafe use of asbestos is linked to mesothelioma and other ailments. The asbestos lawsuit that Portland businesses should have seen coming was filed in 1966. The first of its kind, it sought damages for exposure to asbestos. Portland’s shipbuilding, lumber, and paper industries have all made extensive use of the material. Lawsuits target the fact that despite having a knowledge of the danger, many industries refused to provide education or protection to their employees. They were kept in the dark until it was far too late.
Industrial heating elements require a great deal of insulation to remain safe. Asbestos meets this need with dramatic efficiency. In fact, its usefulness as a heat-resistant material likely means it will continue to be used for many years to come. The difference is, of course, that new regulations are designed to insure the safety of those working with asbestos. That was not always the case. When handled, asbestos fibers come loose and become airborne. If those fibers are pulled into the lungs, they can become embedded in the soft tissues found there. Over time, the damage caused by those fibers can evolve into mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the outer lining of the lungs and other organs.
There are near-countless job sites that are known to have used asbestos. We have documented a great number of them – if you suspect you may have been exposed to asbestos at one of your previous positions, you might peruse our database. If you’ve developed mesothelioma or other asbestos symptoms, but are unsure of where you may have been exposed, we can still help. With your help, we can determine where exposure likely took place. This will help us determine the length of exposure and what options you have moving forward. We try to find justice for asbestos victims and their families, but a key part of justice is insuring that only the right people and businesses are held accountable.
Portland Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Potential Settlements
As we move forward with your case, we’ll need to determine if there are funds already in place to settle out of court. Many industries have been required to set money aside for this sole purpose. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the first settlement offered will be worth taking. It’s our goal to help you secure long-term stability for you and your family. Covering medical expenses is a good start, but it simply doesn’t cover the agony that is caused by asbestos. When a settlement offer doesn’t come anywhere near the actual damages, the lawsuit should continue in court.
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.