What is Asbestos?

Aaron Heckaman: A lot of people don't know that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. It's literally something that's found in the ground, and something that was used so widely back in the '50s, '60s, and '70s that a lot of time people not even know that they came into contact with asbestos. Very often we have clients come to us who were diagnosed with mesothelioma and the first question that the doctor asked them was, "Where did you work around asbestos?" The sad thing about this type of tort and sad part of the deadly nature of asbestos is that it's a silent killer; you don't see it, you don't smell it, you don't taste it. So the fact that these clients worked with these products and didn't even know asbestos was in them is largely the basis of our suits against these companies. Again, it highlights the fact that you have to have specific training and knowledge to uncover which products did or did not contain asbestos.