Asbestos. For nearly a hundred years in America, this building material and insulator has caused lung damage in construction workers, shipyard and factory workers, mechanics, electricians, and many others in American workforce. And for over three decades, asbestos attorneys have helped victims of this dangerous fiber recover monetary awards to help pay for past and ongoing medical treatment and their loss of good health.
Last week, a new legal precedent was set by Washington State Court of Appeals that would allow victims of nonworkers-such as spouses, children, and others who suffer from the asbestos fibers-to have their day in court.
The injured in this particular asbestos lawsuit was the wife of a paper mill worker who was exposed to the asbestos fibers every time she washed her husband’s uniform using, as she always had, a hand-turned wringer. She was diagnosed four years ago with mesothelioma, a fatal form of lung cancer that caused almost exclusively by asbestos fibers.
Asbestos can be found in a variety of products including fire and heat insulation, automotive brakes, cements, gaskets, floor tiles, and various other products and materials. When these materials are manufactured, installed, shaped, reshaped, or repaired, fibers can come loose and remain airborne for weeks.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries do not develop immediately. Sometimes it takes years or decades for the injuries and conditions to manifest. Many times those injured by asbestos will not remember when or how they were exposed. But now those suffering asbestos injuries from their loved one’s workplace exposure have a shot at recovering their losses.
Contact the Higgins firm if you suffer from mesothelioma or suspect other related asbestos injury. Working with experienced asbestos attorneys can help reveal when and how you or a loved one might have been exposed to asbestos fibers.