Asbestos Exposure in Steel & Aluminum Plants
Metal manufacturing in America has roots extending all the way back to the colonial era, and has been a major U.S. industry ever since. Smelting plants working with steel, iron, copper, and aluminum have been major sources of employment for American workers, especially during the bulk of the twentieth century. Prior to the 1990s however, these smelting plants exposed metal industry workers to the deadly carcinogen asbestos. As a result, many former metal workers have been diagnosed with the highly aggressive cancer mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma, a cancer most commonly affecting the lining of the lungs, is only known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used in materials and equipment that could be found throughout smelting plants, and becomes dust easily during routine maintenance and repair. When asbestos dust is inhaled, it becomes lodged in the lining of the lungs, and over time can cause mesothelioma to develop. While the asbestos industry was aware of the dangers of asbestos, they did nothing to warn workers. As a result, over 3,000 retired workers are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, many of whom are former workers of the metal industry.
Because it is only caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma could have been prevented. People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are victims of the asbestos industry, and have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for causing their illness. However, to ensure the best chance of a successful lawsuit, it is important that asbestos victims speak to attorneys who are well-versed in asbestos law. The law firm of Belluck & Fox has been dedicated to helping asbestos victims find justice since it began in 2002. In that time, Belluck & Fox attorneys have won over $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. Money obtained by our firm can help mesothelioma patients pay for treatments, and can provide you and your family with peace of mind. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office online or at 877-MESOTHELIOMA (637-6843) for a free consultation. To learn more, click here to receive a free mesothelioma information package.
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