Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is heat and fire resistant. Until the late 1970s, asbestos was used in a variety of products, including:
- Pipe Covering
- Block Insulation
- Packing Material
- Firebrick and Other Refractory Products
- Automotive Brakes and Clutches
Asbestos is also used in friction products such as brake shoes and clutches. It is estimated that millions of American workers have been exposed to asbestos fibers in a wide variety of industries, particularly through products used for insulation and fireproofing.
Many of these workers have developed diseases caused by asbestos exposure, such as Mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a type of lung disease that is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers into the lungs where they cause irritation. This irritation eventually leads to the formation of scar tissue in the lungs. Over time, this scar tissue, which is also called fibrosis, causes the lungs to become less flexible and affects the ability to breathe normally.
Symptoms of asbestosis include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Cyanosis, a blue coloration of the skin and mucous membranes
Severe cases of asbestosis can be fatal. Other diseases that can be caused by asbestos exposure include mesothelioma, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers. Mesothelioma is a rare and very serious type of cancer whose only known cause is asbestos exposure.
The companies that manufactured products containing asbestos were aware of the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1940s. Although these companies knew that the products they manufactured would cause workers to develop these potentially fatal diseases, they did not warn the workers of the dangers. Instead, these companies chose to conceal the asbestos hazard and continue to profit from their products.
Harrison Davis Trial Lawyers have been representing workers who were injured as a result of exposure to asbestos for more than 10 years. Our clients worked in a variety of industries, including shipyards, paper mills, steel mills, and pipe foundries.
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