Indiana Asbestos & Mesothelioma Attorney
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral which was widely used
in the manufacture of many products beginning in the late nineteenth century.
It is a toxic substance that can have
dramatic effects on health 10, 20 or even 50 years after exposure. Asbestos became increasingly popular with manufacturers and builders
in the early part of the 20th century because of its sound absorption,
strength, resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and
affordability. If you have been employed in a job where you were exposed
to asbestos, you may have significantly increased risk for cancer (Mesothelioma),
asbestosis, or other illnesses.
Federal regulation of asbestos began in the 1970s. Due to health concerns,
all new uses of asbestos in the United States were banned in July 1989.
That year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule,
which eventually led to banning about 94% percent of the asbestos used
in the USA. Most asbestos uses established before that date are still
allowed, but strictly regulated by the government. If you have been a
victim of serious health issues due to exposure to asbestos, it is critical
that you obtain the help of an asbestos attorney in Indiana right away.
Mesothelioma, a relatively rare condition, is a deadly, aggressive cancer
almost always linked to contact with asbestos. Heavy exposure to materials
containing asbestos fibers or jobsites where asbestos is used, removed,
or disturbed can cause Mesothelioma cancer. Typically, people suffering
from Mesothelioma have a history of asbestos that was heavy, repeated
and concentrated in industrial settings; however, the heavy exposure may
have been for a period as short as a few months.
Asbestos Diseases / Asbestos Cancers
In addition to Mesothelioma, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases
the risk of other major diseases: asbestos related lung cancer and asbestosis.
A combination of cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure dramatically
increases the odds that asbestos lung cancer will develop. Asbestosis
is a nonmalignant (non-cancerous) form of asbestos related disease. It
is also sometimes referred to as asbestos related pulmonary fibrosis and
is observed by shortness of breath along with dry cough, loss of appetite,
and severe fatigue.
Rail Road Exposures
As early as the 1930s, railroad companies had evidence that asbestos containing
products used regularly in the industry posed a serious threat to their
workers. The Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) allows injured
railroad workers to sue their employers for job-related injuries, including
diseases such as Mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, or asbestosis.
Shipyard & Navy Ship Exposures
Asbestos was used across all branches of the military for many years.
The heaviest forms of exposure were for navy veterans exposed to high
levels of asbestos while serving on ships (aircraft carriers, cargo ships,
destroyers, submarines, battleships, etc.) in the naval fleet as well
as in naval shipyards across the country.
Toxic Torts / Workplace Hazards
A toxic tort is a type of legal term used to describe personal injury
claim in which a person (Plaintiff) claims that exposure to a chemical
or toxin caused their injury or disease. Most people are exposed to toxic
chemicals from the environment, the workplace, in the home, or from consumer
products. Common chemicals include asbestos, coal tar pitch, benzene,
silica, and talc. Being exposed to toxic chemicals can cause many serious
and life-threatening medical conditions, including Mesothelioma, cancer,
birth defects, and even death. The only way to know if illness is the
result of toxic exposure is by consulting with a medical doctor.
Resolving a Mesothelioma Case
If you were exposed to asbestos, the first thing you should do is get regular
checkups by a doctor who is familiar with asbestos related disease, including
Mesothelioma. In the unfortunate event you or a loved one are diagnosed
with Mesothelioma, asbestos cancer, or asbestosis,
George & Farinas, LLP lawyers are available to help discuss your legal options. Our team of
Indianapolis mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain
the recovery you deserve.
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