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Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Fuller-Austin was an insulation company operating primarily at power plants, refineries, and gas plants in the south of the U.S. The products it sold and installed contained high amounts of asbestos until 1974. Following litigation for asbestos-related diseases, it filed for bankruptcy and continues to pay damages (so far over $270,000,000) out of its asbestos trust fund.

High Risk of Lung Disease for People Who Worked at Fuller-Austin Before 1974

Catering primarily to power plants and oil refineries, Fuller-Austin was a manufacturer of insulation which put the health of numerous people at risk by employing asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic mineral. Although they ceased asbestos use in 1974, cases of former workers who fall ill to diseases like asbestosis or mesothelioma still arise throughout the country, as the latency period of these diseases is very long. The two routes of exposure to asbestos are inhalation and ingestion. Considering that Fuller-Austin workers were not provided with adequate protective equipment to wear on the job, it should not come as a surprise that their exposure to asbestos was extremely heavy.

No longer able to compensate employees injured by occupational asbestos exposure, the company was forced to seek Chapter 10 bankruptcy protection and now has a trust fund with money available for future victims. If you have a diagnosis associated with asbestos exposure and held down a job at Fuller-Austin before 1974, you should take legal action against your former employer, as you are eligible for compensation. The help of a lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation will prove crucial, as they are the only legal professionals who possess the knowledge and abilities to provide you with the money you deserve. After contacting our law firm, we will promptly put you in touch with one of our attorneys, who have over 25 years of experience in asbestos cases, and they will thoroughly assess your situation. For additional information, please feel free to call Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. and we will gladly assist you.

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The Family Members of Fuller-Austin Employees Are Susceptible to Serious Diseases, Too

Contrary to popular belief, asbestos workers are not the only category of people who come to suffer from asbestosis and mesothelioma, two diseases whose only cause is asbestos exposure. As industrial hygiene was very poor during the heyday of asbestos, carcinogenic fibers would often escape industrial facilities and infiltrate non-occupational environments such as households. When a person would inhale or ingest asbestos due to the presence of a family member who was, at the time, working with the mineral, secondary exposure took place. Another misconception regarding asbestos is that only workplace exposure is dangerous, which is completely false. Regrettably, any contact with asbestos can result in a disease, whether it occurs over the course of several hours or several years.

A significant number of people who were secondarily exposed to asbestos eventually developed harrowing diseases, approximately 8% of whom are women. By laundering the clothes their husbands would wear on the job, which were laden with asbestos dust, they would regularly breathe in harmful fibers. If you are also a victim of secondary asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers, as we also handle such cases. Victims of secondary asbestos exposure qualify for compensation from the Fuller-Austin trust fund as well and we are bound to recover the largest sum of money possible for your injury. With nearly 30 years of experience in asbestos litigation, our lawyers do not shy away from going to great lengths for their clients. Call us today and claim the compensation you are entitled to!