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Workers Exposed to Asbestos

American Smelting and Refining Company was founded in 1899 following the merger of several mines from Colorado and Mexico. The company continued to grow during the next century, purchasing other mines from South America and from other south regions of the country. In 1975, the company changed its name to ASARCO. By acquiring several subsidiaries, ASARCO became a manufacturer and distributor of asbestos containing products. A second subsidiary even supplied raw asbestos from Canada.

People Who Worked at ASARCO before 1980 Are Now Susceptible to Life-Threatening Diseases

Shortly after ASARCO sought bankruptcy protection, over 95,000 former employees filed asbestos claims to recover financial compensation for their injuries, which amounted to approximately $750 million. Due to their remarkable strength and durability, asbestos fibers would be incorporated in the cement pipes the company was primarily known for, whereas a subsidiary would also handle raw asbestos fibers. While the number of ASARCO workers who came to struggle with the harrowing aftermath of occupational asbestos exposure is already staggering, it may continue increasing over time, as diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma usually take several decades to develop. Therefore, if you held down a job at this company before 1980, you are still at high risk.

Periodical asbestos screenings are strongly recommended for people with a history of asbestos exposure, since a disease may ensue at any point during their lifetime. Lack of perceivable symptoms is the main culprit behind late detection, which can hinder prognosis terribly by causing a critical delay between the onset of the disease and treatment. To help prevent tardy diagnosis, the medical experts at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have recently made available free asbestos screenings to ASARCO employers. We wholeheartedly encourage you to send in your chest X-rays so that our specialists can provide you with a reliable opinion concerning the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs.

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Many Family Members of ASARCO Workers Were Injured by Secondary Asbestos Exposure

By returning home with asbestos dust on their clothes, which was seen as mere “nuisance dust” at the time, workers were inadvertently endangering the health of their loved ones, who could easily inhale the toxic fibers. Secondary asbestos exposure was highly prevalent among the family members of ASARCO employees. While spouses would be exposed to asbestos when laundering their husbands’ work clothes, children would breathe in carcinogenic fibers upon greeting or playing with their father. As a consequence, numerous people who had never handled asbestos themselves were later diagnosed with mesothelioma or another awful disease, which was subsequently revealed to be the result of domestic asbestos exposure.

The asbestos trust fund set up by ASARCO also provides financial compensation to the family members of former employees who were affected by secondary asbestos exposure, whether their diagnosis is pleural plaques or lung cancer. Our lawyers have successfully assisted over 200,000 asbestos victims with filing a claim since 1990 and will gladly help you as well. Seeking compensation from asbestos trust funds is a simple process which requires no litigation. For more information, please feel free to contact us and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

Payment percentage

Claim Valuation for Mesothelioma

170,000 Scheduled
280,000 Average
900,000 Maximum

Claim Approval Criteria for Mesothelioma

Diagnosis Requirements

Physical Exam

Causation Statement Requirement

Latency and Exposure Requirements

Latency 10 years
Company Exposure prior to 19831 day
Occupational Exposure