Numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that exposure to asbestos can contribute to causing cancer and other diseases. Between the 1920s and the 1980s, over 75% of U.S. industrial workers and active duty service members were in contact with high concentrations of asbestos. We find it tragic that so many former industrial workers and veterans are now at risk for several types of cancer, such as:
Long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers also increases the risk of non-malignant asbestos-related diseases, such as:
Many former industrial workers and veterans are put off seeking financial assistance after a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease because their employer went out of business, or they do not know precisely where they have been exposed to asbestos. However, this should not be a bar to seeking financial compensation for asbestos exposure. The personal attention involved in obtaining detailed knowledge of the circumstances and responsible companies surrounding a client’s exposure to asbestos is one of the most important factors for achieving the greatest value out of an asbestos claim.
Our team of experts provides immediate legal support for victims of asbestos exposure. We are familiar with the legal difficulties that you and your loved ones will be facing and can help you access the much-needed compensation.
Because of its affordability, tensile strength, and resistance to heat and chemical damage, asbestos-containing materials were extensively used by many different types of trade workers in a variety of industries, including:
At the height of its use, asbestos could be found in thousands of products and materials.
Many companies and manufacturers were aware that asbestos is deadly but hid the health risk for decades. By doing this, they knowingly placed millions of workers at risk of preventable and needless deaths.
With the widespread use of asbestos, the health-related effects rapidly became too hard to ignore; as a result, the first asbestos lawsuits were brought against the companies that used or sold asbestos. Because of the prolific use of asbestos in thousands of manufactured products, involving hundreds of companies, to date, more than 90 at-fault companies have declared bankruptcy. Overwhelmed by the multitude of new cases many of these companies created asbestos trust funds in order to compensate workers who suffered injuries caused by asbestos exposure.
Thousands of workers have been exposed to asbestos without warning – and found out decades later when the dangerous fibers have led to several types of cancers and lung problems. At Atraxia Law, we understand the challenges victims and their families face and we know how important it is to recover compensation. If you or a loved one suffer from an asbestos-related illness, we can help you receive monetary compensation through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds, depending on the number of companies at fault for putting your health at risk.
There are approximately 60 active asbestos trust funds with an estimated $30 billion set aside to pay current and future asbestos claims. You could still be able to make a claim against the company that exposed you to the carcinogenic substance if the company in question has no trust fund established.
Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was used extensively by all five branches of the military, for several decades. Service members may have used asbestos directly with respect to their job, or, alternatively, they may have been exposed to the hazardous mineral through sleeping quarters, mess halls, barracks, base administrative offices, and recreational areas.
It was not until the early 1980s that it was found asbestos exposure could bring forth severe health problems, including various cancers and severe respiratory conditions. However, by that time, the military had been consistently using asbestos-containing products for decades; the damage had already been done - thousands of military personnel had already been exposed to the hazardous mineral.
If you developed an asbestos-related illness after serving in the U.S. military, you may qualify for substantial compensation through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims. We are also able to successfully pursue legal action against the companies who manufactured or sold the asbestos products, even if the companies in question has no trust fund established.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, we strongly encourage you to seek medical advice from a civilian doctor, or a VA doctor, as it is crucial when dealing with asbestos-related diseases to accurately get diagnosed and get proper treatment. Get a chest radiograph or CT scan in order to check the pleural lining around the lungs for signs of asbestos exposure.
Undergoing pulmonary function tests, also known as lung function tests, and a chest X-ray are the most reliable ways of setting up a correct diagnosis. Please do ask the doctors and radiologists if they see any kind of scarring, nodules, or spots on your lungs. Early diagnosis and proper treatments will slow down the progress significantly.
Our experienced attorneys and staff can help you file a claim for compensation after an accurate diagnosis. In addition to compensation from asbestos trust funds or against the companies that exposed you to the carcinogenic substance, we help veterans exposed to asbestos during military service and their family members get an approved VA claim.
Because the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure, former industrial workers and veterans who struggle with one of the above-mentioned non-malignant asbestos-related diseases need diagnosis confirmation by further testing.
Former industrial workers and veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers are immediately eligible to apply for asbestos trust funds and VA compensation. You can also receive compensation by filing a claim against the companies that negligently manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products and have no trust fund established.
Atraxia Law has been successfully handling asbestos exposure claims all over the country for the past 30 years. Our attorneys and staff offer legal assistance for everyone whose health has been affected by exposure to asbestos. During your initial consultation, we will quickly review your case and determine whether you are eligible for financial compensation.
Should you have a claim, you can rest assured that we will provide you with quality legal assistance and will work diligently on your behalf. Monetary compensation is by no means a miracle cure, but it can go a long way toward relieving your financial anxieties, as well as holding accountable those responsible for your suffering.
Former industrial workers and veterans who developed a disease as a result of asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation. Since we know that the majority of veterans are in chronic physical and emotional pain, we prioritize all veterans who seek to receive financial compensation through asbestos trust fund claims and VA claims.
Those who were indirectly exposed to asbestos by doing laundry, or having physical contact with a person who worked around, with, or handled asbestos-containing materials, should also consider taking legal action and make a compensation claim.
Please contact Atraxia Law as soon as possible if you developed an asbestos-related illness due to occupational asbestos exposure. We can also help you obtain compensation if you lost a family member who had not filed a claim during their lifetime, but there are time limits during which these claims can be filed, so it is important that legal advice is sought as soon as possible.
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