Asbestos has been found in multiple roofing materials handled by workers in Ohio and the wider United States, which has led to an unknown number of serious injuries and premature deaths. If you or a loved one have been exposed to, and injured by, asbestos, you might be entitled to compensation.
What is asbestos and why is it harmful?
Asbestos, which is found in nature, is a fibrous silicate mineral. It’s primarily characterized by its fibrous crystals. Human use of asbestos dates back thousands of years to the Stone Age.
Because of its notable usefulness as an insulating agent, the construction industry adopted its widespread use in America during the Industrial Revolution, when its effects on human health were unknown. Around the beginning of the 20th century, doctors and public health experts began noting the negative health impacts of asbestos – in particular, irreversible fibrosis of the lungs. Since the extremely harmful effects of asbestos came to light, hundreds of thousands of injured workers and others have pursued legal remedy through asbestos litigation.
Asbestos in roofing materials
High asbestos levels (in sufficient amounts to cause disease in workers) have been found in various roofing materials throughout recent history in the United States, including in flashing, coatings, mastic, felts, plastic cement, and cement shingles. This means that, if you or a loved one has worked in roofing in the past, you or they may likely have been exposed to this harmful mineral.
Who qualifies for legal compensation due to asbestos injury?
Workers in Ohio and nationwide have lodged and won combined thousands of asbestos & mesothelioma claims. A savvy asbestos attorney can make the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve for your or your loves ones’ injuries and losing the case, so it’s imperative that you enlist the help of a qualified, experienced legal expert on your side.
Ohio and national law provide for compensation to injured parties who can prove asbestos-related injury and/or death in court. Hundreds of thousands of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits in Ohio and elsewhere seeking compensation for their injuries, with a large proportion receiving significant financial awards by the courts.