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Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Brauer was established in 1881 and has remained a family-owned business since. It started out by making stove replacement parts, then expanded both products and markets, and began an insulation business that is still active. Since a number of its products, as was common at the time, used asbestos until the late 1970s or early 1980s, Brauer established an asbestos trust fund in 2012.

Brauer Employees Would Constantly Inhale Asbestos Fibers in the Workplace

Considering the manifold convenient properties of asbestos, it should not be surprising that shortly after the Industrial Revolution, it came to be known as “the miracle mineral”, becoming the go-to raw material for numerous industries. Although over 5,000 different consumer products in the U.S. would contain asbestos during the last century, insulation was by far the most popular. Specializing in the manufacturing of various types of insulation, a process which would release tremendous concentrations of asbestos fibers in the air, Brauer was one of the nearly 2,000 employers held liable in asbestos exposure lawsuits after the 1980s. If you had a job at this company during the heyday of asbestos use, you are likely to develop a serious disease in the future.

While not every former Brauer worker will be affected by occupational asbestos exposure, it is crucial to closely monitor your health, as the risk is unfortunately high. To make matters worse, people rarely experience symptoms when they suffer from asbestos-related diseases, which frequently leads to tardy diagnosis. Failing to detect rapidly progressing diseases such as lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, or mesothelioma in their incipient phases is bound to impact prognosis to a great extent, since the more time elapses from their onset, the more resistant to treatment they become. With over 25 years of professional experience, our specialists provide free screenings to Brauer workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job. All you have to do is send in the results of a recent chest X-ray and they will thoroughly assess the condition of your lungs.

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The Spouses and Children of Former Brauer Workers Might Have Been Indirectly Exposed to Asbestos

Although the majority of asbestos victims are people with a history of occupational exposure, 10% of those who suffer from mesothelioma – which is caused only by the inhalation of asbestos fibers – have never handled this toxic mineral themselves. Secondary asbestos exposure would often take place in the families of Brauer employees, as they were not required to change their asbestos-laden clothes before returning home. Thus, spouses and children would come in contact with asbestos on a regular basis, inevitably breathing in hazardous fibers which could later afflict them with devastating illnesses. Moreover, because asbestos fibers are extremely small and have a rough texture, they would also attach themselves to pieces of furniture covered with fabric, such as couches or armchairs, which led to further contamination.

Secondary exposure is just as dangerous as primary exposure, since airborne asbestos represents a health hazard regardless of the circumstances in which one encounters it. If you lived under the same roof as a Brauer worker for an extended period of time and are now struggling with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, or asbestosis, secondary exposure is most likely the cause of your disease. Having dedicated their endeavors to providing superior legal assistance to asbestos victims and their families since 1990, our attorneys will efficiently help you recover the compensation you deserve from Brauer’s asbestos trust fund. Whether you decided to file a claim or would just like to find out more about the process, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer all your questions.