During the Oregon Trail migration, the town of Boise was a significant trading post. As that migration began to dwindle, Boise’s residents had to find alternative sources of income. They turned to the area’s abundant arboreal and mineral reserves. What was once an out of the way trading post became a significant center of commerce. The growth of those industries didn’t come without cost, however. Employers provided improper protection against and poor education about the dangers of asbestos exposure. The sacrifice of countless employees for the benefit of a few landowners didn’t help Boise. In fact, its isolation following the migration probably contributed to these injustices.
As early as 1930 the dangers of asbestos were well known. That the fibrous material broke down from stress and age and that the fibers could cause serious harm were both understood facts. The fibers of asbestos become lodged in the surface of the lungs. As if fighting an infection, the body will attempt to remove the invading fiber.
Despite its positive motives, the body is in essence fighting itself. The development of mesothelioma occurs when enough damage has been done that malignant cells divide from otherwise healthy lung tissue. These cancerous cells gather on the outer lining of the lungs and other organs. Mesothelioma can be difficult to detect and even harder to treat. That it results in a widespread infection of the chest cavity means that mesothelioma is incredibly painful.
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Boise is home to many large industries. Of them, many have documented usage of asbestos. While they may currently protect their employees, such was unlikely only a few years ago. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses can go through lengthy periods of dormancy between exposure and onset. It’s important for us to know where you may have been exposed. For this reason, we keep detailed records of all Boise job sites known to have used asbestos. If that isn’t enough to jog your memory, we will work with you and your loved ones to piece together your work history. We won’t rest until we find out when and where you were exposed.
Boise Mesothelioma Lawsuits: The Potential for Settlement
Every asbestos case is different. The ideal mesothelioma lawsuit involves presentation of evidence and out of court settlement. This isn’t what happens to all cases, however. Although some industries have set aside funds for mesothelioma cases, gaining a settlement from those funds often follows a strict set of requirements. We always hope for rapid and fair resolution of our cases. When we think of a fair resolution, we aren’t referring to medical reimbursement. Asbestos threatens the friends and family of victims as well. The specter of death isn’t something to be taken lightly – certainly not as lightly as industry leaders have taken it.
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. Mesothelioma is preventable. For too many years, industries traded profits for employee safety. It’s time to send the message that such practices are completely unacceptable.