Asbestos in Various Industries

Asbestos was once considered a miracle material due to its durability, heat resistance, and insulating properties. It was heavily used across dozens of major industries throughout the 20th century. However, severe health risks were eventually discovered. Asbestos exposure is known to cause serious diseases like mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation. We help victims and families nationwide, and can help you understand your legal options.

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Asbestos Overview

Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals made up of tiny fibers. Due to its durable and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was used in thousands of industrial and commercial applications during the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries. At its peak, more than 3,000 different products contained asbestos. It was affordable and considered a “miracle mineral” at the time. However, in the 1960s and 1970s, overwhelming evidence linked asbestos exposure to serious diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

 Once the enormous health risks were fully realized, regulations were enacted to ban or limit the use of asbestos and set exposure limits for workers. While largely banned in the US and other developed nations today, some asbestos is still used in certain products and it remains legal in many developing countries. Hundreds of thousands of workers and others were exposed throughout the decades it was widely used. If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation.

Major Asbestos Industries

Due to its versatile properties, asbestos was used across many major industries, exposing workers in various occupations to this hazardous material. Some of the most common jobs with asbestos exposure risks included:

  • Boilermakers
  • Insulators
  • Pipefitters
  • Welders
  • Electricians
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction laborers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Machinists
  • Power plant operators
  • Refinery workers
  • Factory assembly line workers
  • Auto mechanics
  • Maintenance mechanics
  • Millwrights
  • Furnace installers and repairmen
  • Crane operators

These occupations span across major industries like shipbuilding, construction, automotive, power generation, oil refining, and manufacturing, where asbestos use was prevalent. Workers in these jobs frequently handled asbestos-containing materials or worked in environments with high levels of asbestos dust, placing them at risk of developing serious health issues like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

What is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, chest cavity, or abdomen (known as the mesothelium). Mesothelioma has a long latency period and may not cause symptoms until decades after the initial asbestos exposure. Common signs of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pain, chronic cough, and unexplained weight loss. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is 1-2 years.

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Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure, with around 80% of mesothelioma cases linked to asbestos. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Very brief and indirect exposures can still cause mesothelioma decades later. The combination of widespread asbestos use across industries along with mesothelioma’s long latency period means diagnosis rates are expected to remain elevated well into the future. 

Mesothelioma is incurable, but treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy can help prolong life and improve quality of life. Patients may also want to consider clinical trials testing new medicines and therapies.

If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation.

Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit with Mesothelioma Lawyers

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lost a loved one to this disease, you may have grounds to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Because asbestos use was so prevalent and companies were aware of the risks, those responsible can often be held legally liable. With an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, victims or surviving family members can pursue compensation through lawsuits for damages related to:

  • Medical bills and other cancer treatment costs
  • Lost income and reduced earning capacity
  • Pain, suffering and emotional distress

It is critical to have knowledgeable mesothelioma lawyers on your side through the legal process. Given the unique complexities of these cases, it is best to retain a lawyer who specializes specifically in mesothelioma litigation like Braver Law. We will handle all aspects of the case and maximize your compensation.

Asbestos Trusts and Claims

Over the years, many companies faced bankruptcy due to the extensive asbestos liabilities. As a result, asbestos bankruptcy trusts were established to pay victims. There are currently 60+ trusts with over $30 billion in total assets. Filing a claim against these trusts is often easier, faster and more certain than pursuing a lawsuit. An experienced mesothelioma law firm can help identify any trusts where you may have a claim and handle the entire filing process for you. The compensation from trust funds can be substantial, providing critical funds to support your needs.

If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation.

Choosing a Mesothelioma Law Firm

Selecting the right mesothelioma law firm is extremely important. You want a mesothelioma lawyer with specific experience handling these complex cases. Key factors to consider include:

  • Expertise in mesothelioma litigation - Look for a law firm that specializes solely in mesothelioma and asbestos cases. They will understand the unique legal and medical issues.
  • Resources and track record of results - Choose a firm with a proven history of securing settlements and verdicts for clients. They should have the resources to thoroughly build your case.
  • Client-focused services - The firm should treat you with compassion and regularly communicate progress on your case. Never feel like just another case number.
  • National reach and reputation - Opt for a law firm that handles mesothelioma cases nationwide and has a strong reputation in the legal community.
  • Free case review - The right law firm will provide a free, no-obligation review of your potential case. This gives you the chance to learn your legal options.

Braver Law represents mesothelioma victims across the country. We provide free case evaluations to victims and families. This gives you the opportunity to have an acclaimed mesothelioma law firm review your situation at no cost or commitment.

If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation.

Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

Over decades of widespread asbestos use across industries, mesothelioma settlements and jury verdicts have increased substantially as understanding of companies’ liability has grown. 

Many factors determine the value of an individual case, but recent mesothelioma lawsuit resolutions include:

  • Average settlement amounts from $1 million to $1.4 million
  • Average jury verdicts from $2.4 million to $3 million
  • Larger individual settlements up to $10 million
  • Major jury verdicts up to $25 million

With mesothelioma litigation ongoing against major asbestos companies, legal precedents and average compensation amounts continue to rise. An experienced law firm like Braver Law understands case values and will fight relentlessly to maximize your compensation whether through settlements or jury verdicts. Braver Law has asbestos attorneys that get results for mesothelioma clients nationwide.

If you or a loved one suffered asbestos exposure and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Braver Law for a free case evaluation.

Braver Law is Ready to Fight As Your Mesothelioma Lawyers

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Braver Law can help. Our mesothelioma lawyers offer compassionate representation and will:

  • Thoroughly investigate your asbestos exposure history
  • Pursue mesothelioma claims on your behalf
  • Keep you informed on case progress every step of the way
  • Maximize your compensation through settlements or verdicts

With a national presence thanks to our network of attorneys and decades of experience, we handle mesothelioma cases throughout the country. To get started today with a free case evaluation from our mesothelioma lawyers, contact us. Allow us to review your situation and discuss your legal options.

Let Braver Law’s Mesothelioma’s Lawyers Fight with You

Mesothelioma is a devastating diagnosis. But there are qualified mesothelioma law firms that can help like Braver Law. With an expert mesothelioma fighting for you, compensation may be available through lawsuits, settlements or trust funds. To learn if we can help seek compensation for your asbestos-related diagnosis, contact Braver Law today to speak with one of our mesothelioma lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos and Mesothelioma

How is mesothelioma treated?

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The main treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical trials, and newer immunotherapies. Depending on the stage of the cancer, combinations of aggressive treatments may be used to attack the cancer and try to extend life expectancy. Patients should discuss all medical options with their cancer team.

What is the life expectancy for mesothelioma patients?

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Life expectancy with mesothelioma varies based on many factors like age, cell type, and stage at diagnosis. Overall average life expectancy is approximately 12-21 months after diagnosis. However, around 20-40% of patients exceed life expectancy projections, especially with proper treatment from experienced medical teams.

Where does asbestos exposure that leads to mesothelioma come from?

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Asbestos exposure came from occupational settings like construction sites, shipyards, and industrial sites where asbestos was heavily used. It also occurred in some consumer products with asbestos over decades of use. Family members may also have secondary exposure from workers exposed to asbestos over many years.

How long after asbestos exposure do mesothelioma symptoms appear?

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The latency period before diagnosis of mesothelioma is long, averaging 25-50 years after initial asbestos exposure. This makes mesothelioma challenging to detect and diagnose early. Many patients cannot pinpoint the original asbestos exposure source from decades earlier.

Can mesothelioma develop without asbestos exposure?

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Many mesothelioma cases are attributable to direct asbestos exposure. Additionally, there is always some exposure in households, even if it is brought home on clothes or environmental exposure. These cases can occur spontaneously or due to secondary causes. Erionite, a natural mineral with similar properties, also increases risk.

Is mesothelioma curable?

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Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma. However, treatment can help extend life expectancy somewhat and allow patients to have an improved quality of life. Researchers continue working on developing more effective treatments and hoping for a cure someday.

Is there a cure for mesothelioma?

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While there's no definitive cure for mesothelioma, advancements in treatment offer hope. Depending on the stage and type of mesothelioma, treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or palliative care.

What compensation is available in a mesothelioma lawsuit?

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Through lawsuits, mesothelioma patients may recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages based on the losses incurred. Exact settlement amounts are case-specific, but often exceed $1 million.

How much does it cost to hire a mesothelioma law firm?

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Reputable mesothelioma firms work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning no upfront costs to clients. The law firm only collects a percentage fee if compensation is recovered for the client. Free case evaluations from a mesothelioma lawyer help determine if a viable claim exists.

How long can I wait to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

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Each state has different statutes of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits including for asbestos exposure. This time limit ranges from 1 to 6 years in most states. Consult a qualified mesothelioma attorney promptly to avoid losing out on compensation.