Mesothelioma Attorneys

Asbestos Manufacturers

Asbestos Cancer

The dangers of asbestos began surfacing in the late 1800’s and were well known by the late 1920’s. Even so, the manufacture and use of asbestos products rose sharply in the 1940’s and did not begin to drop off until the 1980’s. Asbestos-related illnesses, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, typically do not show symptoms until 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure, sometimes making it difficult to trace the source of illness to a specific manufacturer.

Manufacturers Knew Their Products Were Killing People

As a mesothelioma victim, it is important that you understand that the companies which manufactured asbestos products, and the people who ran those companies, were aware of the dangers. Many well-known American companies have manufactured deadly asbestos products, knowingly and willingly putting their employees and consumers at risk.

The extent of that knowledge and the extent of the evidence to prove that knowledge varies from one company to the next. Prior lawsuits have already revealed some of this evidence. Asbestos manufacturers clearly put profits above human life.

Bankruptcy

Many companies facing mesothelioma lawsuits and other personal injury claims related to asbestos exposure have filed for bankruptcy. Even if the company responsible for your asbestos exposure has done so, you may still have a claim. You will need to file that claim with a trust which is set aside to pay for asbestos liability after bankruptcy.

Even though asbestos use is now heavily regulated, the number of asbestos-related claims is still on the rise. Asbestos use in the U.S. peaked in the 1970’s. Since the health problems caused by asbestos exposure normally take 20 to 50 years to surface, awareness of asbestos-related illness has risen, and medical science has advanced to the point that accurate diagnosis is more easily achieved, we can expect that number to continue rising for many years.

Asbestos Exposure Continues

Asbestos is still used in thousands of products that are on the market today. That includes household products that you buy and use in your home. Even if all production of asbestos products were halted right now, people would continue to be exposed in older buildings and the sheer volume of asbestos containing materials that are already in existence.

While the majority of the general public is aware of the danger of asbestos, most people are under the false impression that asbestos has been banned in the U.S. So far, asbestos manufacturers continue to win in the battle over legislation to ban and phase out the toxic substance. The ongoing effort to ban asbestos in the U.S. gets very little media attention and virtually no support from a citizenry which has been led to believe that the legislation is already in place.