Throughout much of the 20th century, asbestos was a very common construction material in the United States. Because of its low cost and considerable effectiveness as a source of insulation, asbestos was utilized in everything from residential properties to ships and submarines. Unfortunately, it eventually became clear that exposure to asbestos, particularly over long periods of time, could lead to the development of severe and even deadly illnesses.
Asbestos has been linked to a range of serious medical conditions, including asbestosis and asbestos warts, but the most dangerous condition tied to asbestos exposure is a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can have devastating consequences, and unless caught at a very early stage, it is often difficult to successfully treat.
Asbestos exposure can affect individuals in a wide range of circumstances, but a few industries are more likely to expose workers to this carcinogenic substance, including:
Additionally, those who have lived or worked in buildings constructed before the 1980’s may also face serious risks of developing a medical condition arising from asbestos exposure. Because of the known danger that asbestos presents for public health, those who are responsible for allowing others to be exposed to this hazardous substance may be held liable for any ensuing health consequences that victims face.
If you think you may have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (414) 271-0900 to speak with an attorney about whether you may have a case.