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Asbestos and Mesothelioma – History

By the late 1800’s, asbestos had become a widely used material in the construction industry. It was praised for being fire-resistant, sturdy and cheap. It continued to be used in the US until the 1980’s, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began working to educate people about the dangers of asbestos, including its ability to cause the lung cancer mesothelioma.

Surprisingly, the harmful effects of asbestos were known long before companies finally began to phase out its use. The first mesothelioma lawsuits and other asbestos personal injury suits were filed as early as 1929. As part of the settlement, the mesothelioma lawyers handling the case agreed not to take any further action, which contributed to the persistent silence surrounding the dangers of asbestos.

Since then, fortunately, many other injured employees and their mesothelioma attorneys have stepped forward to shine light on this dangerous business practice.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Today

Asbestos is regulated now, although not illegal; trace amounts are still allowed in certain products, as they have been determined to not be significantly dangerous.

However, the effects of asbestos’ long use in many products around the country continue to affect people today. Many houses and products made before the 1980’s still contain asbestos, often without the owners’ knowledge. The effects of this dangerous product sometimes take a while to show, meaning that people who have not been exposed to it in years can still develop asbestosis, among other problems. Mesothelioma lawsuits continue to be filed, as more and more people become sick.

If you are suffering from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, a good attorney can review your legal options and help you build your case. Contact mesothelioma attorneys William Kherkher at 800-781-3955 today.

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