Missouri Mesothelioma Attorneys
Fighting To Protect Victims of Asbestos Exposure across Missouri
Asbestos has been used in various industries around the world for years—from construction and insulation, to the building of ships, mining, and various forms of manufacturing—due to its availability as a natural mineral that is both heat resistant and strong. Although evidence that it was dangerous to public health emerged early in the 20th century, the product continued to be used and its harmful effects hidden by the companies and industries that profited from the substance. Once that the various negative effects and illnesses emerged—typically 30 to 50 years after initial exposure—the substance began to be regulated and some victims were able to hold those responsible accountable through legal action.
Today, mesothelioma victims who contracted the disease after being exposed to asbestos—either through their occupation or through a family member’s occupation—sometimes chose to bring personal injury or wrongful death cases to ensure that justice is done. Many of these individuals include veterans, as many were exposed to asbestos when they served in the Navy.
At the Throneberry Law Group, we understand the effect that this illness can have on the victim and their loved ones. We are here to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for your illness, and that you do not have to constantly worry about medical bills and your family’s future on your own without legal guidance through this difficult process.
“Chrysotile” asbestos was most frequently used starting in the late 1800s for commercial purposes, particularly during World War II and in the building and construction industries to provide for roofing, insulation, and for other purposes, such as the production of paint, plastics, and even car brake pads.
Exposure to asbestos occurs when its fibers are released into the air and inhaled by those in its surroundings, often becoming trapped in the lungs for long periods of time. Now classified as a human carcinogen, exposure to it increases the risk of developing lung cancer, mesothelioma, which infects the lining of internal organs (namely the abdomen and chest), as well as other cancers such as colorectal and kidney cancer. In addition to various cancers, exposure to asbestos can also lead to asbestosis and other pleural disorders.
Working with asbestos on a regular basis substantially increases your chances of developing mesothelioma and/or other complications due to exposure. Many were exposed during World War II if they worked on ships or were involved in mining (including here in Arizona). Construction workers—especially those involved in demolition—automobile mechanics and firefighters were also frequently exposed, given how common it was for many years to use asbestos in building insulation and roofing in houses, as well as in auto parts and maintenance.
Upon discovering how toxic the substance is, asbestos was banned in some forms in the late 1970s and 1989; although, some uses are still allowed (for example, asbestos-contaminated vermiculite). However, in order to protect the public, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that much asbestos still present in buildings must either be eliminated or reduced in an effort to public health, particularly in schools and residences.
Asbestos Exposure Lawyer
Victims of asbestos exposure can count on the Throneberry Law Group to understand their concerns and fight for their rights. If you have developed mesothelioma or any other type of illness due to asbestos exposure, we can provide you with excellent representation to address your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you.