The Spokane area is home to several key industries. The seemingly limitless lumber in the area was very attractive to early settlers. As the fur trading industry began to wane, it became apparent that high capacity lumber milling was the future of Spokane. Combined with local agriculture, Spokane grew to about two hundred thousand people with relative ease. The surge in lumber and paper manufacture brought the use of asbestos for industrial insulation. Asbestos related diseases have followed. The widespread use of asbestos combined with poor employee education and even poorer protective equipment has led many of the areas industries to be held accountable for neglect.
Spokane Asbestos and Age
The microfibers that make up asbestos are incredibly resistant to heat. Its continued use as an industrial insulator depends on this. Modern regulation demands adequate protection, including respirators. This is because asbestos fibers, when inhaled, become embedded in the lungs. As they work deeper into the lung tissue, the damage can grow into mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer attacking the outer lining of the lungs and other internal organs. The asbestos problem is expected to grow over the coming years. Many industry professionals insisted that unless disturbed, current asbestos installations would be relatively safe. However, as asbestos ages, it becomes more and more prone to shedding. Clean-up efforts have been moderately successful in some places.
Spokane Asbestos, Limited Exposure?
Mesothelioma, the most serious illness associated with asbestos, requires a minimum of exposure. Because of this, patients with mesothelioma may have a difficult time tracing the location of exposure. We can help you with this. If you provide us some basic information, we should be able to narrow down the search. We have a vast database of job sites known to contain asbestos. Perusing it may guide your memory. Remember that part- and full-time employees were not the only ones at risk. Anyone doing contracted work at these facilities may have also been exposed. More frightening, there are reports of illness developing in the family members of those working around asbestos. The fibers can be tracked back into the home.
Spokane Asbestos Exposure Dangers: Moving Forward
Once we’ve determined where and when you were exposed, we can begin the process of holding someone accountable for your illness. Many businesses have set funds aside specifically for this purpose. They know that they are guilty. Where we can help you is that the settlements offered frequently cover only medical expenses. The long-term security of your family may be at stake. We are looking for justice – if an employer neglected your safety and effectively sentenced you to death as a result, they must be held responsible. Asbestos illnesses affect entire families, not individuals. Any settlement should reflect that.
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 at 888.647.6007. We know that mesothelioma lawsuits should have been avoidable. For too many years, industries traded profits for employee safety. It’s time to send the message that such practices are completely unacceptable.