Beginning in the early 1900s, Tacoma and Seattle were centers of trade. Large industries – lumber and saw mills, shipyards, metal processing plants – made their homes on the coast of the bountiful Puget Sound. Those industries thrived because they were able to employ what some thought was a miracle material: asbestos. Asbestos insulation allowed for the safe operation of industrial heating elements, the insulation of ships, and the processing of aluminum. Asbestos is dangerous. Knowledge of the link between asbestos and cancer was known as early as 1930. Industries ignored the danger, afraid that notifying their employees or the general public would threaten their profits. Years later, as the seriousness of asbestos-related illness became more widely known, those companies are being held accountable for their neglect.
Asbestos is an excellent insulator. It’s for that reason that it continues to be used today. Modern regulation, however, is very strict about providing protective equipment to people who work with and around asbestos. The material is composed of tiny fibers that easily become airborne when under stress. Inhalation of those fibers leads to continuing damage of the lungs. Once that damage reaches a critical stage, mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the outer lining of the lungs, changes respiratory distress into deadly illness.
Asbestos Exposure: Tacoma Job Sites
Tacoma mesothelioma lawsuits typically revolve around exposure to the deadly toxin while on the job. Establishing a link between a job site and exposure has become relatively simple. We have a vast database of job sites known to have used asbestos. Even if the details are a little hazy, we can help you pinpoint when and where you may have been exposed to asbestos. The development of serious illness is something that businesses should be held responsible for, particularly if they knew the dangers and refused to protect their employees.
Tacoma Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Potential Settlements
Every case is slightly different. However, the vast number of suits filed against major corporations has led many of them to form separate accounts with resources dedicated to resolving mesothelioma claims. Access to those resources is dependent upon the details of your case. As we narrow down the list of potential sites, you’ll be apprised of your continuing legal options. We can help you make the decision to take a settlement or not – not every settlement provides the security one might hope. Mesothelioma has a dramatic impact on the person who is ill as well as his or her family. An appropriate award will not only cover medical expenses, but insure the long-term security of your family.
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. Most mesothelioma cases could have been prevented. For too many years, industries traded profits for employee safety. It’s time to send the message that such practices are completely unacceptable.