The Companies Behind Your Mesothelioma
Your exposure to asbestos was not an accident. The manufacturers knew the hazardous effects caused by asbestos, but continued to use the toxic fibers in their products anyway. Employers were unaware of what asbestos can do to your health and well-being because manufacturers never disclosed what they knew to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or consumers prior to the 1980s. This left thousands at risk for exposure, resulting in thousands of mesothelioma cases.
The link between mesothelioma and asbestos was confirmed in 1960 by a paper published by Dr. Chris Wagner. In 1964, the large asbestos manufacturer, Johns-Manville, issued an asbestos warning for some of their products. This proves that a certain level of awareness of the hazards of asbestos existed decades before the EPA finally issued its warning. The first product-liability suit against asbestos manufacturers was in 1969, with the first federal guidelines for workplace asbestos exposure issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1970.
The EPA issued its first regulations for asbestos under the OSHA standards in 1987. It wasn't until 1989 when EPA finally issued an asbestos ban and phase-out rule. The lack of disclosure is an act of negligence on the part of the manufacturers. Any asbestos products used after the EPA issued warnings is an act of negligence on the part of your employer, especially if they failed to follow regulations and guidelines to ensure proper safety gear and precautions.
You and your loved ones are entitled to compensation because the manufacturers and/or your employers were negligent. Your work and your home are places where your health and well-being should never be compromised. Depending in the state in which you reside, you have anywhere from a year to four years after your initial mesothelioma diagnosis to file suit against your employer and/or the asbestos manufacturers. You can recover financial compensation by hiring a mesothelioma law firm that can help you pay for your medical expenses that resulted from your mesothelioma.
Determining whether or not you have a legitimate case can be complex and it is advised you contact us at 800-300-1460 to speak with one of our experienced representatives who can help get your case started with a FREE evaluation or fill out the form for a free information packet that will be sent to you at no cost.