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Burns and Roe (POWERS Engineers)

Workers exposed to asbestos

The company was established in 1932 and now operates as POWERS Engineers. It started out by building power plants, missile installations, and various defense systems, and developed to a wide range of products. While Burns and Roe never manufactured asbestos commodities itself, it did operate with various products containing asbestos, and accordingly was sued repeatedly for personal injury, leading to the establishment of their asbestos trust fund in 2009.

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Burns and Roe employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Burns and Roe made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. It is worthy of note that veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos by using the products of this company while they were serving in the military. Unlike the majority of companies which knowingly endangered the lived of workers, Burns and Roe was not a manufacturer of asbestos products. Nonetheless, they would use numerous hazardous materials, such as asbestos spray and wiring insulation, to prevent the equipment they were employing from overheating, which subsequently led to thousands of workers developing awful diseases as a result of exposure. The occupational groups at the highest risk include:

As of 2000, more than 13,500 claims were filed by former employees injured by workplace asbestos exposure. Because the company was no longer able to pay out compensation, Burns and Roe was forced to seek bankruptcy protection and as a result, they set up a trust fund in 2009 from which victims of asbestos exposure can recover the money they are entitled to.

Thousands of Burns and Roe 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

Quality legal assistance for the family members of Burns and Roe employees affected by secondary asbestos exposure


Since the company was careless enough to employ asbestos-containing products despite knowing the awful health consequences of exposure, it is perhaps not surprising that they were not very concerned with regard to industrial hygiene either. Accordingly, there was no requirement for Burns and Roe workers to change their clothes at the end of the day so as to prevent contaminating non-occupational settings with asbestos. This was the main catalyst for secondary asbestos exposure, which was most prevalent within the families of asbestos workers. By co-existing with the asbestos dust Burns and Roe employees would carry home almost daily, family members were inevitably breathing in or swallowing carcinogenic fibers. Over time, the accumulation of asbestos fibers in their body would predispose them to awful diseases, including mesothelioma. Today, approximately 10% of asbestos victims got their diagnoses due to secondary asbestos exposure.

While money will never be able to replace health, it is important to keep in mind that secondary asbestos exposure victims can also recover financial compensation for their injuries. The legal process is similar to pursuing money as a former employee and compensation comes from the asbestos trust fund of the company as well. However, the assistance of a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos cases is essential if you intend to file a claim as a victim of secondary asbestos exposure, as such cases are very complex and require specialized knowledge. Our attorneys, who have been helping people whose health was destroyed by asbestos exposure since 1990, will aid you in your endeavors and eventually recover the maximum compensation you qualify for in the shortest time possible. Because we are aware how exhausting dealing with asbestos diseases is, your involvement in the case will be minimal. Contact us now and benefit from the money you deserve!

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.