It is extremely important that you retain an experienced asbestos lawyer if you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. An attorney with knowledge of the nationwide asbestos litigation will ensure that you and your family receive the maximum compensation possible for your pain and suffering.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP provides expert legal representation to the victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. To obtain a free legal consult with on of our asbestos lawyers, please contact our office by calling (888) 994-5118.
Asbestos consists of a group of fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. Of these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are the most common. Other forms of asbestos include crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Asbestos minerals are silicate compounds, and they contain atoms of silicon and oxygen in their molecular structure.
Asbestos has been mined and used commercially in North America since the late 1800s, although its applications greatly increased during World War II. Because of its durability and ability to resist heat, asbestos was widely used for roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, automotive parts, and more.
In the late 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in wallboard patching compounds and gas fireplaces after it was found that the asbestos fibers in these products could be released into the environment during use. Manufacturers of electric hair dryers voluntarily discontinued using asbestos in 1979. And in 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned all new uses of asbestos because of its health hazards. These and other regulatory actions have resulted in a significant decline in the use of asbestos since the 1970s.
Asbestos is recognized as a known carcinogen. Because the fibers are microscopic, it is easy to inhale airborne asbestos. Once these fibers enter the respiratory tract, they will cling to and become embedded in the soft-tissue lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue. Once embedded, asbestos fibers are not easily expelled or broken-down by the body.
There is no safe type of asbestos and no safe level of exposure. Hundreds of thousands of people were placed at risk for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer as a result of their exposure. Those most at risk include workers employed in shipbuilding, commercial product manufacturing, power plants, and construction prior to 1980. The spouses and children of these individuals are also at risk, as they may have been exposed to asbestos brought home on the clothing of asbestos workers.
Victims of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma are entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other damages related to their illnesses. Companies that used asbestos have established over 100 trust funds in order to provide restitution to their workers. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), close to $17.5 billion has already been awarded to victims of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. An estimated $30-40 billion is still available for future cases.
If you would like to pursue the compensation you deserve, it’s important to retain an experienced asbestos lawyer who understands the complex issues at the center of these cases. Such an attorney will take the time to explain the differences between filing an asbestos trust fund claim or lawsuit, and he or she will provide all of the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your family. Once you have established a plan of action, your lawyer will do everything necessary to ensure that you recover the maximum compensation possible.
Many people worry that they will not be able to afford the costs associated with retaining an asbestos attorney. However, Bernstein Liebhard LLP accepts these cases on a contingency basis. In other words, you will not be required to pay any up-front legal fees or costs unless a recovery is made on your behalf. If you claim is not successful, you will owe our firm nothing.
The asbestos lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP provide free, no-obligation case reviews to the victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. To learn more, please contact our office by calling (888) 994-5118.
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