The railroad industry helped to create millions of jobs for Americans over the years, however, the risks associated with these opportunities have not always been made clear to those employed. Until the 1980s, asbestos was a material that had many different uses in the railroad industry and because of this it was prominently used for everything from the ashtrays that would get handed out to passengers on the trains to the brake pads being installed by mechanics.
While the manufacturers of asbestos were aware that it was dangerous for those exposed to it, they made the choice to hide the dangers of asbestos to everyone. The harmful effects of asbestos exposure come from ingesting and inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers that become airborne during normal wear and tear.
Individuals employed by a railroad company before 1982, were working before regulations of asbestos were put in place to reduce toxic exposure to microscopic asbestos particles polluting your environment. Once these dust fibers enter your system, they can easily become stuck, embedding deep into your soft tissue, and creating health problems for you.
These health issues can cause scarring of the lungs, cancer, and other health problems including a mesothelioma diagnosis. Many victims of asbestos exposure do not realize that they have a related health problem because it can take more than 40 years for these embedded fibers to begin showing symptoms of an asbestos disease.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals (amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite) that occur naturally in the environment. Asbestos minerals have separable fibers that are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven and are heat resistant. Because of these characteristics, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings. Some vermiculite or talc products may contain asbestos.
Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
Asbestos fibers are so small they cannot be seen. When these tiny fibers are disturbed, they float in the air and can be inhaled. Asbestos has long been recognized as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled and are difficult to remove from the lungs. Asbestos can cause health problems when it is breathed into the lungs. Continued exposure increases the amount of fibers that remain in the lungs. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may result in lung diseases such as pleural effusions (fluid buildup between the chest wall and the lungs), asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma.
How Does Someone Get Exposed to Asbestos?
We are all exposed to low levels of asbestos in the air we breathe and levels are generally highest in cities and industrial areas. People working in industries that make, use or disturb asbestos or who are involved in asbestos mining may be exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling. In general, exposure may occur when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed in some way to release particles and fibers into the air.
Asbestos Attorneys Serving Dallas, Texas
Our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers works with individuals and families to get the money they deserve for the time they spent working in dangerous environments. Even if you have never been diagnosed with a health condition or diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may still qualify for money. An evaluation from a physician may show scarring on your lungs or other developments that can be attributed to your time employed by a railroad company.
If you have a family member that passed away after working for a railroad company, you may also qualify for financial compensation. There are time limits to file claims for the deceased, so you will want to act quickly and reach out to our firm today to begin the personal injury claims process.
How Much Money is Available for Asbestos Victims?
More than 30 billion dollars has been put into asbestos trust funds waiting to be awarded to those who were exposed to this toxic material. Our law firm makes it easy for you to apply to the trusts that fit your specific history, so you can be compensated. There is no need to file a lawsuit or make any court appearances. We have streamlined the process to make it as simple as possible for railroad workers in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding areas.
Free Consultation For Workers Exposed to Asbestos in Dallas, TX
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation. We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.
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