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What We Can Learn from JW Roberts

Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to the development of a number of life-threatening illnesses, including the cancer mesothelioma. Companies that profited from it prevented the word from getting out, leading to countless unnecessary tragedies. Asbestos use became heavily restricted in the 1970s, but by then millions had been exposed. One of the worst cases involved the company JW Roberts.

The J.W. Roberts Company, operating near the city of Leeds in England, ran a factory that processed asbestos for use in mattresses and boilers. Situated in a heavily industrial area, many of the workers’ children would play in and around the factory. The roofs of the houses were often completely covered in asbestos dust, and the children would frequently play in the dust – even having ‘snowball’ fights.

Perhaps one of the most unfortunate aspects of this story is the way in which asbestos-related diseases develop. Although it was not rare for asbestos workers to have respiratory complaints, the most life-threatening conditions – such as the cancer mesothelioma – often do not show any symptoms at all until decades after the asbestos exposure happened. There have even been cases of people showing no signs of cancer at all until 50 years after working around asbestos.

Had more information on the dangers of asbestos exposure been available, the horrifying situation that followed may not have happened. The J.W. Roberts factory operated until 1956, but it was not until 1970 that strict regulations on asbestos finally came into place in the UK. If these regulations had taken effect earlier, essentially none of the workers or their families would have been exposed to asbestos dust-let alone the astonishing stories of children playing in it.

If you worked or lived in a place where you were exposed to asbestos, you are at risk for a number of life-threatening conditions. Even if you have shown no signs yet, you are entitled to medical diagnostics and treatment. With the help of the compassionate asbestos lawyers of Williams Hart, you can seek restitution for your medical bills and unnecessary pain and suffering.

To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact Williams Hart today at 800-781-3955.

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