Are We Still at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Historically, asbestos exposure and contamination were usually associated with manufacturers and job sites, that for years, have long been closed due to their toxic nature which caused one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against the American worker. Unsuspecting workers employed in all kinds of industries such as construction, mining, shipbuilding, manufacturing, power plants, and even the military were exposed to asbestos dust and through that exposure developed life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Even family members were at risk and many developed illnesses due to second-hand exposure brought about because of contaminated clothing.  

Since ancient times, asbestos has been mined and utilized in a variety of ways but unfortunately, its dangerous properties have outweighed its effective usefulness.

Today, when we think of asbestos, we probably believe it is a problem out of the past, and that being exposed to products containing asbestos is very limited because they have been eliminated from the marketplace. Since the mid-1970s, American manufacturers quit manufacturing and selling asbestos-containing products due to regulations that were enacted by The Environmental Protection Agency.    

But what if we told you that almost 50 years later, many companies in the U.S. continue to import and process asbestos-containing products!    That’s right:  That same agency that regulated and effectively banned the use of asbestos in products, and in the workplace, recently concluded that many companies have manufactured, imported, or processed asbestos as late as  2019 to 2022 and had annual sales over $500,000,000.

Where Are We Now When It Comes to Being Exposed to Asbestos?

Actually, the EPA is in the process of finalizing a rule requiring asbestos manufacturers, importers, and processors to report use and exposure information on any products that contain asbestos. This rule, issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act, also applies to asbestos-containing products which include products that contain asbestos as an impurity, as well as asbestos that is part of a mixture.

“According to an EPA spokesperson, Michael Freedhoff, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, “We know that exposure to asbestos causes cancer and other serious health problems that still result in thousands of people dying every year, and today we’re continuing our work to protect people from this dangerous chemical,”

Why You Should Consider Terrell Hogan to Represent Your Interests!

At Terrell Hogan, we receive calls daily from victims injured by asbestos exposure that occurred as long ago as the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. When toxic exposure to asbestos occurs, the dust particles ingested into the body lay dormant anywhere between 25 to 60 years. If that exposure was of a significant amount, diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer develop. Asbestos illnesses are latent in nature, meaning it takes a sufficient amount of time for the asbestos you breathed in to develop into cancer. Every year, more than 40,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases and many of these victims never receive fair and just compensation for their injuries.

At Terrell Hogan, our lead trial attorney, Alan Pickert has over 25 years of experience handling asbestos cases receiving over $150,000,000 million dollars in awards and settlements. If you or a loved one believe you have been exposed to asbestos and have developed any of the diseases associated with that exposure, you need to contact us immediately to see if we can assist you. We have helped over 8,000 victims of asbestos exposure receive compensation for their asbestos illnesses and there are no fees or costs unless we win money for you. We have handled thousands of clients from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Give us a call at 904-632-2424 or call our toll-free number at 1-888-894-1309. Remember.

A Great Settlement is No Accident.