Asbestos in Products
Asbestos is a natural occurring fibrous mineral known to be extremely durable, and resist to heat and chemical erosion. For this reason, the use of asbestos-related materials was widely used in thousands of commercial and industrial products for decades ranging from construction materials, household appliances, to even automotive parts. However, it was not until the late 1970s that scientific evidence surrounding the dangers of asbestos became more apparent, as studies linked the deadly fibers to terminal illnesses, like mesothelioma. As a result, federal regulations in the United States began enforcing strict rules and safety standards against manufactures on the use of asbestos in product, as well as in the workplace.
If you suspect an illness is caused by exposure to asbestos in a product, you may be entitled to compensation against those responsible. Contact an asbestos attorney in your local area today!
Some common types of products known to have contained asbestos include, but are not limited to:
While the use of asbestos in the U.S has sharply declined over the years, there are still certain asbestos-containing products in use today. However, federal law requires any newly-manufactured products must contain no more than 1 percent asbestos—unfortunately, for many unsuspecting people, these regulations may have come too late.
According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S each year. The health risks associated with those unknowingly exposed to asbestos deadly fibers is something that continues to pose a serious concern. The time it takes before any symptoms of asbestos-related illness may typically be as long as 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a form of cancer believed to be linked to asbestos exposure? If so, contact an asbestos attorney to discuss your potential case as soon as possible.
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