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Learning more about asbestos and mesothelioma can help you better understand your options and rights if you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure. In addition to reviewing the following questions and answers, we welcome you to call our firm any time, day or night, to talk to a friendly professional. We represent victims of asbestos exposure from 12 offices located across across multiple states to better serve your needs. We are Crumley Roberts, helping you through life’s most difficult moments.
How can asbestos exposure occur?
Asbestos exposure occurs when a person is close to asbestos or a product that contains asbestos and the fibers are released into the air. When inhaled or swallowed, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lung tissue and other tissue in the body, later causing mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other serious health problems.
Who is at the highest risk of exposure?
The majority of asbestos exposure in the United States took place from the 1930s through the 1970s. U.S. asbestos use peaked in the 1970s. Asbestos miners were typically at the highest risk of exposure, but people who worked in factories that produced asbestos-containing products were also at high risk. Military personnel were also exposed, as asbestos was used in insulation, fireproofing, and other applications in military bases, vehicles, and more. Families of workers were at risk as well, as asbestos fibers could be carried home on workers’ or miners’ clothing and then inhaled by spouses, children, and other household members.
What types of products contained asbestos?
When asbestos use was at its highest point in the U.S., it could be found in fireproofing materials, insulation, cement, cigarette filters, construction adhesives, ductwork, brake pads, clutches, gaskets, valves, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, blankets, firefighter uniforms, rope, and more.
Is asbestos banned in the United States?
Although asbestos is now closely regulated, it is not completely banned in the U.S. Specific asbestos-containing products are banned, as are “new uses” of asbestos, but other products are still allowed in the U.S. This includes clothing, certain cement products, roof coatings, disk brake pads, automatic transmission parts, and more.
What options do I have in seeking compensation?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another condition related to asbestos exposure, you may be able to file a claim seeking compensation from a trust fund set up by asbestos manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (for military-related exposure), or by a lawsuit against the party responsible for your exposure. Your mesothelioma attorney can review your options with you to determine the appropriate course of action.
Do I need an attorney’s help?
Attempting to deal with an asbestos claim on your own can be overwhelming. At Crumley Roberts, we have the resources and experience to help you properly file your claim nationwide, all while taking away the worry so you can focus on spending time with loved ones. We can handle your case from start to finish, putting your needs first to help you get the benefits you deserve*.