At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we work to get asbestos compensation for spouses of retired railroad workers as well as the workers themselves. We understand how devastating exposure to asbestos can be. This is why we work to get you money for the exposure you have been subjected to. Whether you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or are just having difficulty breathing our law firm wants to hear from you.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers. These fibers are found in soil and rocks in many parts of the world. They are made mainly of silicon and oxygen, but they also contain other elements. There are 2 main types of asbestos:
- Chrysotile asbestos, also known as white asbestos, is the most common type of asbestos in industrial applications. When looked at under the microscope, chrysotile asbestos fibers wrap around themselves in a spiral, which is why this form of asbestos is also called serpentine or curly asbestos.
- Amphibole asbestos fibers are straight and needle-like. There are several types of amphibole fibers, including amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite.
Both types of asbestos have been linked with cancer.
How are people exposed to asbestos?
People can be exposed to asbestos in different ways:
- Inhaling asbestos: Most exposures come from inhaling asbestos fibers in the air. This can occur during the mining and processing of asbestos, when making asbestos-containing products, or when installing asbestos insulation. It can also occur when older buildings are demolished or renovated, or when older asbestos-containing materials begin to break down. In any of these situations, asbestos fibers tend to create a dust made of tiny particles that can float in the air.
- Swallowing asbestos: Asbestos fibers can also be swallowed. This can happen when people consume contaminated food or liquids (such as water that flows through asbestos cement pipes). It can also occur when people cough up asbestos they have inhaled, and then swallow their saliva.
Many people are exposed to very low levels of naturally occurring asbestos in outdoor air as a result of erosion of asbestos-containing rocks. The risk of this is higher in areas where rocks have higher asbestos content. In some areas, asbestos can be detected in the water supply as well as in the air. It can get into the water through several sources, such as rock or soil erosion, corrosion of asbestos cement pipes, or the breakdown of roofing materials containing asbestos that then enter the sewers after it rains.
Who is most at risk for asbestos exposure?
Individuals at greatest risk for developing asbestos-related illnesses are those who worked with it everyday, like railroad employees. Many of these individuals were made to work in environments with asbestos dust in the air every single day. In addition to these workers, the family members of these individuals are also at high risk for developing asbestos-related illnesses because the fibers were often carried into their homes on worker’s clothing and even in their hair.
Spouses of Retired Railroad Workers May Qualify For Financial Compensation
If your spouse was employed by a railroad company and shows signs of asbestos exposure, you may qualify for asbestos trust fund compensation as a result of household asbestos exposure.
Many spouses were exposed at this time while handling the laundry for their significant other. In some cases, spouses of railroad workers actually may have more severe damage from their asbestos exposure because they worked in closed environments when touching the contaminated clothing worn by their asbestos worker spouse.
If you are married to someone who was employed by a railroad company before 1982 and have symptoms of asbestos exposure, contact our law office today.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
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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