Tacoma’s industrial areas include lumber and saw mills, steel and aluminum processing plants, and shipyards. Nearby, Seattle’s Boeing fields employ many of Tacoma’s commuters. Throughout their individual histories, each of these industries has made use of the dangerous material asbestos. The American asbestos industry boomed in the lade 1850s. From a very early point, the danger of the material was known. The first strong links between asbestos and cancer were realized in the 1930s. Unfortunately, industry experts did not act on this danger. Even after the first big lawsuits were filed, businesses chose to continue their soaring profits rather than warning or protecting their employees.
Heat and fire resistance made asbestos very attractive. It is used as insulation for industrial heating elements, on US Navy ships, and as a fire-resistant construction material for many public spaces. The asbestos cleanup efforts for public buildings have been relatively successful. However, the use in industry remains widespread. The handling of asbestos can throw a fine dust into the air. This dust is made up of countless microfibers. Those fibers, when inhaled, embed themselves in the soft tissues of the lungs. The development of mesothelioma occurs when the damage to the lungs is severe enough that malignant tissues form on the outer lining of the lungs and other internal organs. This form of cancer is very painful and incredibly difficult to treat.
Tacoma Industries and Asbestos Exposure
Exposure to asbestos can happen in a number of ways. Of the most concern is industry; the wear and tear caused by extreme heat degrades asbestos much faster than other locations. For many, the assumption is that left undisturbed, asbestos is relatively harmless. If you’ve developed an asbestos-related illness, we can help you track down where exposure may have occurred. We keep an extensive database of job sites with documented asbestos use. We understand that there may be a great span of time between exposure and the development of mesotheliomia or other illness. You have enough to worry about – if we get a few basic pieces of information we can begin working out where and when you were exposed.
Winning a Settlement
Mesothelioma cases have gone to trial for more than half a century. During that time, many businesses have either filed for bankruptcy or agreed to set aside funds for the sole purpose of settling asbestos cases. Access to those settlements is dependent on case specifics. We only accept settlements that can assure ongoing security for you and your family. Paying medical bills is a nice gesture, but the long-term devastation asbestos illnesses can have needs to be acknowledged.
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.