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Garlock Sealing Technologies

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Garlock Sealing Technologies started in 1887 in New York. The company was known for manufacturing a seal for rods in industrial steam engines. Garlock grew to be the No. 1 U.S. maker and distributor of gasket products. During the 1900’s, asbestos was used in manufacturing some of Garlock Sealing Technologies’ products due to its low costs and fire-resistant characteristics. By using this toxic mineral, Garlock endangered the lives of people working in a wide range of occupations.

High Risk of Lung Disease for Garlock Sealing Technologies Workers Exposed to Asbestos on the Job

With over 900,000 asbestos claims filed against it throughout the past three decades, Garlock Sealing Technologies is without a doubt one of the most sued companies in U.S. history. As a leader in the production of high-performance fluid sealing products, the company mainly catered to processing industries such as chemical, power generation, construction, paper, waste treatment, as well as food and beverage. Unable to pay out compensation to former workers injured by occupational asbestos exposure any longer, Garlock Sealing Technologies sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010 and is expected to set up a trust fund with $480 million in the near future.

Nevertheless, if your employment at the company resulted in severe illness, our specialized lawyers will help you recover just compensation for your injury and hold Garlock Sealing Technologies accountable for their unethical behavior. From lung disease such as pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma to numerous other malignant diseases like colorectal and gastrointestinal cancer, asbestos exposure which takes place in occupational settings is known to wreak havoc on the human body. Regardless of your diagnosis, we strongly advise you to contact us and we will quickly put you in touch with one of our skilful attorneys, who will eagerly assist you with recovering the money you deserve.

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure, a Major Risk for the Family Members of Former Garlock Sealing Technologies Employees

While asbestos workers are unquestionably the demographic at highest risk for developing terrible diseases, the danger extends well beyond the confines of industrial settings. During the heyday of asbestos use, it was very common for people whose job entailed directly handling the mineral or asbestos-containing products to carry toxic fibers home on their clothes, as well as in their hair and on their skin. Thereby, family members would also be exposed to asbestos to a considerable extent, which could later have the same dire health consequences as in the case of injured workers. Unfortunately, the majority of asbestos companies, including Garlock Sealing Technologies, had a careless approach when it came to industrial hygiene, so they would not require employees to change their clothes at the end of the day. As a result, a tremendous number of people were regularly subjected to secondary exposure before 1980.

Did you share a house with someone who was working at Garlock Sealing Technologies at the time? If so, you might develop a terrible disease in the future, as it usually takes several decades for asbestos to cause damage to internal organs. We advise everyone who came in contact with asbestos to keep a close eye on their health, as the risk of illness never diminishes. In the regrettable event you suffer from a disease and have a Garlock Sealing Technologies worker in your family, please contact our law firm as soon as possible. Everyone whose health was affected by asbestos, regardless of the circumstances of exposure, is entitled to financial compensation, which our experienced attorneys will help you recover from the liable party. For additional information, do not hesitate to give us a call and we will thoroughly answer any questions you might have.