Asbestos & Mesothelioma FAQ
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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 in North Carolina and South Carolina from offices
located across both states to better serve your needs.
We are Crumley Roberts, helping you through life’s most difficult moments.
How does asbestos exposure typically 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./div>
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, 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*.
For more answers and information that applies to your unique situation,
we welcome you to call our offices at (828) 597-0163. We look forward
to hearing from you.
*Each case is different and must be evaluated on its individual merits.
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future.