Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.
What are the hazards of asbestos?
Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and its use is now highly regulated by both OSHA and EPA. Asbestos fibers associated with these health risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. Asbestos also causes cancer of the lung and other diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura which is a fatal malignant tumor of the membrane lining the cavity of the lung or stomach. Epidemiologic evidence has increasingly shown that all asbestos fiber types, including the most commonly used form of asbestos, chrysotile, causes mesothelioma in humans.
Asbestos In The Railroad Industry
Railroad employees that were actively employed before 1982, were forced to work in environments with high concentrations of asbestos. Asbestos was used in many different ways because it was affordable and highly durable.
Railroaders that repaired equipment or in repair yards are at the highest risk, due to the asbestos fibers that were present in the dust that polluted the air. Even though you may have retired decades ago, the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may not show up for thirty to forty years after exposure. This makes it vital to stay on top of regular health screenings in order to catch early warning signs of disease.
Whether you or someone in your family has experienced symptoms of asbestos-related illness or not, you may be eligible for compensation. Claims need to be filed within a certain amount of time depending on your state, so act now. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping those affected by asbestos exposure, such as railroad workers and their families.
It may seem like a difficult or overwhelming process, however, our team makes it simple. There is no need to file a lawsuit, depositions, or make courtroom appearances. Sammons & Berry, P.C. makes it as easy and quick as possible for you and your family to get the compensation you deserve. Sammons & Berry, P.C. charges on a contingent fee basis. If they do not collect anything for you, you do not owe them anything. You have nothing to lose, reach out to our team today to learn more about how we can help you get money for the time you spent working in the railroad industry.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation Seattle, WA
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.