Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was widely used in industrial products and materials for its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage from the early 1900s through the 1980s, when the substance was banned by numerous countries. As of 1991, the United States banned asbestos in specific products, including flooring felt, rollboard, and corrugated, commercial or specialty paper, as well as products that have not historically contained asbestos fibers. Learn more about products possibly containing asbestos.
Asbestos exposure is associated with numerous types of cancer, including mesothelioma, as well as chronic and deadly fibrotic diseases of the lung. In addition to being indestructible, asbestos fibers are invisible, tasteless and odorless. Consequently, people are unknowingly exposed to this deadly mineral. Dr. David Sugarbaker, the Director of the International Mesothelioma Program, discusses how people are being exposed to asbestos in today's society.
Those who braved the challenges of ground zero during the cleanup process were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos particles. First responders, cleanup workers and Canal Street area residents who suffered injuries, illness or death resulting from work or toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, Pentagon or Shanksville, Penn., crash sites are among those who may be eligible for compensation. Learn if you qualify for the new Victim Compensation Fund.
Outside of occupational and industrial asbestos exposure, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, furnace and pipe insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles. Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos exposure can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos into the air. When inhaled, these fibers are strongly associated with numerous types of asbestos cancer and other illnesses, including mesothelioma.
If you have questions or would like to explore your legal rights regarding a potential asbestos exposure or mesothelioma case, please contact attorney John Herrick or Anne McGinness Kearse by email or call 1.800.923.4237.
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