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It only takes one exposure incident to asbestos to cause someone to develop life-threatening diseases, including mesothelioma. If you or someone you love were exposed to asbestos and were not provided proper warning or safety equipment, then you might be able to create a claim in pursuit of fair and maximized compensation. Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, P.C. and our Crown Point asbestos claim attorneys can back you up with more than 100 years of collective legal experience and a strong reputation among our past clients.
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Common Sources of Asbestos
Asbestos has been known to be a hazardous material for decades, with early evidence being collected by researchers back in the 1920s. Despite this widespread knowledge, manufacturing companies were still permitted to use it due to lenient laws and regulations. Even today, in a time period when asbestos is being stripped from homes and schools out of fear of people developing mesothelioma and other pleural diseases, asbestos is not completely out-of-use and can be encountered regularly.
Sources of asbestos and causes of asbestos exposure include:
- Around mining sites: Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is usually not found near the surface. Intense mining practicing, including fracking, have been known to disturb asbestos deposits and send the particles high into the air or into nearby water sources.
- Military vehicles: Due to its light weight and impressive insulating properties, asbestos was used in the majority of military vehicles, especially naval vessels, up until the 1970s. Any vessel still in service today from that era or earlier is likely exposing military service members to asbestos regularly.
- Old homes: For the same reason asbestos was used in military vehicles, it was also extremely common insulation in homes around the country. The military stopped using it in the 1970s but it would be another 10 years until it was largely prohibited in building materials for homes. There have been minimal directives to help people remove asbestos from older homes.
- On-the-job: People working in industrial sites are likely to encounter asbestos, as it is still permitted for use in many forms of manufacturing and construction. Metalworkers, power plant technicians, firefighters, auto shop workers, and more are all at an occupational risk of asbestos exposure.
How Asbestos Becomes Harmful
Asbestos is an extremely fragile mineral. When it is shaken, damaged, or disturbed, even minimally, it can release microscopic fibers into the air. Passersby may unknowingly inhale these fibers, which get lodged in the lungs and cause the development of mesothelioma or other cancers.
Fragmented asbestos can move gradually through soil layers as time goes on and the climate shifts subtly. Eventually, asbestos may enter water sources due to mining and other disturbances. People within a wide area may then be exposed to drinking miniscule bits of asbestos. In such cases, it can cling to the esophagus or stomach, causing cancerous tumors to grow there.
Your Fight for Compensation Begins Today
Our Crown Point personal injury attorneys are strong advocates for public safety and for treating the wrongfully injured with respect. If you have been harmed due to asbestos exposure, we believe you should receive damages to pay for medical costs, missing wages, emotional pain, and more. To begin your case, we need to pinpoint who could be liable for your asbestos exposure incident or incidents. Please call (219) 488-2775 to schedule a free consultation, during which we can discuss keynote details of your claim.