Asbestos: A History of Cover-Ups, Carelessness & Tragedy
Asbestos was banned in most products by 1989, but corporations knew the risks of the substance at least as early as the 1930s. Asbestos is a silicate material comprised of microscopic fibers that, when inhaled, can develop into mesothelioma. It was widely used in the industrial era, and even as late as the 1980s. Characteristics such as resistance to heat, insulation, and strength made asbestos a sought-after manufacturing material.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been the cause of millions of deaths in the U.S.
The cover-up of the risks of asbestos to humans will go down as one of the most tragic events in U.S. history. Countless documents show that corporations and manufacturers knew the risks of asbestos, yet continued to use it anyway. The liable parties acted negligently and recklessly placing millions of people at risk. The asbestos industry valued profit over people, and became a multibillion-dollar industry at the expense of countless victims.
Profit Over People
The overt lack of care for human life allowed the asbestos industry to seek profit over people’s wellbeing. Many times, our clients initially approach us having never contacted an attorney before. When we show them the documents, evidence, and industry knowledge of asbestos as a known carcinogen, they are shocked. Companies knew that their products were harming people, causing disease, and even killing people, and did literally nothing to stop it.
The Asbestos Tragedy
Statistics vary, but many sources state that approximately 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Millions of individuals were exposed to this cancer-causing substance between the 1940s and 1980s. The latency period for mesothelioma is very long, meaning individuals may not be diagnosed with the cancer until 20 to even 50 years after their initial exposure. By this point, the cancer is usually in its later stages.
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