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ASARCO

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.

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ASARCO employees exposed to asbestos

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.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at ASARCO are plumbers, insulators, and maintenance workers. However, veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by ASARCO, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to the products manufactured by ASARCO, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured during the last century.

Thousands of ASARCO employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing, and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

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 that requires no litigation. For more information, please feel free to contact us and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.