Asbestos Still Poses Health Problems to People Throughout the U.S.
For decades, asbestos was prized in construction and manufacturing for its fire and chemical resistant properties. But over time, it became clear that exposure to asbestos was linked to serious health problems. The most severe of these health problems is a type of deadly lung cancer called mesothelioma.
Thankfully, the usage of asbestos in construction ceased in the U.S. by the mid-1980s. However, that means that countless buildings constructed prior to that time still contain asbestos. And to make matters worse, asbestos isn’t officially banned in the U.S., which means it’s still used in certain industries, including shipping, manufacturing, military, and others.
At this point, almost everyone has heard of mesothelioma lawsuits. But unfortunately, asbestos-related cancer operates on a very long time delay. In some cases, it can take decades for people to become symptomatic from asbestos exposure. That means that people who were exposed in the 1990s may just now be developing symptoms of mesothelioma.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help people who have been affected by this deadly and preventable form or cancer. The fact that asbestos wasn’t outright banned and is still used in many industries is unacceptable, especially with information about its dangers being widely distributed and known.