Asbestos Exposure in Textile Mills
Textile mills are large scale operations where raw fiber is woven into yarn, thread, and fabric. Many different styles and techniques are used to produce these materials, including weaving, knitting, lacing, and braiding, and the finished products are often dyed on site. Over 100,000 American workers are currently employed as textile workers, and many more have since retired from the industry.
Textile workers who were employed at these mills prior to 1990 are at risk of developing mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung – due to the use of asbestos equipment and materials at these mills. Asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was used for a number of industrial applications throughout the 20th century, is the sole known cause of mesothelioma. When asbestos materials and equipment would create dust, due to agitation during regular use and routine maintenance and repair, this dust would contaminate the air of the mill. When the contaminated air was inhaled or ingested by workers, millions of microscopic asbestos fibers would enter their lungs, which formed fibrous masses in the tissue lining the lung. Over a period of ten to fifty years, these fibrous masses could become malignant, resulting in mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a preventable disease, but only if asbestos is avoided or if special breathing equipment is used by those handling it. Workers were never given this opportunity however, because the companies that made and sold asbestos products never warned them of the dangers. The asbestos industry understood the as far back as the 1920s, but the companies suppressed this information to continue profiting from the sale of asbestos. As a result, thousands of workers became ill and died; many of whom worked in the textile industry.
Because the disease is only caused by asbestos, it is the right of every mesothelioma patient to seek compensation from the businesses that are responsible for their illness. It is, however, important for mesothelioma victims to recruit attorneys experienced in asbestos lawsuits. The law firm of Belluck & Fox, since its inception, has made it their mission to find justice for people hurt by the asbestos industry. Our attorneys have won over $500 million on behalf of our clients, many of whom were former textile industry workers. 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.