The History & Consequences Of Asbestos

Many clients come to Kelley & Ferraro looking for an asbestos lawyer or legal advice about asbestos litigation. Often, they are victims of asbestos-related diseases, ranging from noncancer asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaques to lung cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer and laryngeal cancer, as well as a usually fatal condition known as mesothelioma — a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen.

For years, millions of men and women — as well as their families — have been exposed to asbestos. Many have suffered and died from asbestos-related diseases, while mounting medical bills have drained lifelong savings.

Many of those who worked with asbestos-containing products in the '40s, '50s, '60s and even into the '70s and '80s did not know the potential consequences of asbestos exposure. At the same time, there is evidence that many of the companies that employed those workers or who manufactured or distributed asbestos-containing products did know of the associated risks of exposure to asbestos.

This workforce of asbestos victims includes asbestos workers, boiler workers, auto workers, steelworkers, construction workers, pipefitters, welders and shipyard workers. Even naval and Merchant Marine seamen are among the asbestos victims. They tended equipment and armaments or slept near asbestos-covered pipes and breathed in asbestos fibers that could cause cancer and other diseases. Additionally, because of the widespread use of asbestos, a worker in almost any occupation, even teachers, could have been exposed to asbestos.

In addition, numerous children and spouses of workers exposed to asbestos-containing products have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases — both cancer and noncancer — from breathing in the dust on workers' clothes.

If you believe you are an asbestos victim, would like legal advice or are interested in discussing asbestos litigation with a lawyer who practices in the areas of asbestos and workplace injuries, please contact Kelley & Ferraro today.