Portland is one of the nation’s most popular cities. Bountiful natural resources and access to some of the world’s most powerful waterways have solidified the area as a cultural and economic center. The mills and shipyards have contributed significantly to the city’s success. Those same Portland industries, however, are at the heart of many mesothelioma lawsuits. At the heart of the issue is if local industries knew the danger of asbestos. The answer to that is yes; the link between asbestos and serious illness was made in the 1930s. The next question is if those same industries acted negligently when refusing to inform or protect their employees. The answer to that, too, is yes.
Undisturbed, asbestos poses little threat. As the material ages, less and less force is required to disturb it. Shedding of asbestos fibers increases as a result of heat and age. If the fibers become airborne and are inhaled, serious lung damage can result. As asbestos fibers burrow into the lung tissue, the body’s reaction can be violent. By trying to replace damaged cells as quickly as they’re harmed, the body makes mistakes in cell division. Those malfunctioning cells have ample opportunity to form malignant cancers. The most virulent of those cancers, mesothelioma, occurs when the damage is so severe that malignant tumors begin to grow on the outer lining of the lungs or other organs. Mesothelioma is incredibly rare, very difficult to treat, and quite painful.
Portland Asbestos Exposure and Job Site Information
If you think you were exposed to asbestos at work, it’s important to be specific about where it took place. We keep a database of sites that have used asbestos in the past. Some of them may have complied with personal protection requirements, but that’s a question for later. The immediate issue is when and where your exposure happened. If the details aren’t immediately available, we can work with you to determine likely sites and possible exposure times. Portland mesothelioma lawsuits often involve shipyards and lumber/pulp mills. That doesn’t mean other sites don’t use asbestos.
Big Business and Settlement
For many of Portland’s guiltiest industries, it’s seen as much more efficient to settle asbestos claims out of court. This can work to your benefit, as out of court settlements are frequently resolved much more quickly. However, not all settlement offers meet the demands of justice. Mesothelioma and asbestos illness affect whole families, not just the people who are ill. In fact, many family members are at risk from asbestos simply because they live with someone who works with it. That kind of persistent threat can’t be resolved with a payment of medical expenses.
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.