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General Electric Company

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company came to life following the merger between Thomas-Houston Electric Company and Edison General Electric in 1892. Along with other companies, General Electric formed in the 1920’s the Radio Corporation of America. By 1980, GE came to be one of the world’s biggest companies being a manufacturer of nuclear reactors, jet engines and other electronic products. Asbestos was used for an extended period of time in General Electric’s manufacturing process. Also, their machineries often needed to be insulated with asbestos containing products, putting the lives of engineers, machinists and maintenance workers in danger.

Increased Risk of Lung Disease for General Electric Company Workers

Manufacturing a wide range of products, General Electric Company became one of the largest businesses in the world by 1980. The products it made would include nuclear reactors, consumer electronics, jet engines, plastic, furnaces, and turbines. Because such equipment required solid insulation, being prone to overheating, asbestos proved to be the ideal material once again, as it was very accessible and inexpensive. The majority of people who were employed at General Electric Company were exposed to asbestos between 1966 and 1986. So far, over 400,000 claims have been filed against the company by people whose health was severely and often irreversibly affected by occupational asbestos exposure. Some of the groups of workers who underwent asbestos exposure on the job are steel workers, shipyard workers, government employees, and power plant workers. The asbestos turbines manufactured by General Electric Company were installed in approximately 22,000 sites across the U.S.

Although the company has not set up a trust fund yet, you can easily recover the money you are eligible for with the help of a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases. Therefore, if you have a diagnosis of lung cancer, pleural plaques, mesothelioma, or any other disease associated with asbestos exposure, please seek legal assistance immediately, as you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injury. Since 1990, our law firm has collectively assisted over 230,000 people with recovering the money they were entitled to from careless asbestos companies and we are bound to do the same for you. All you have to do is contact us and provide your attorney with your employment and medical records, after which we will gladly take over. Whether you decided to file a claim or would just like to address some of your concerns, do not hesitate to give us a call and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

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Victims of Secondary Asbestos Exposure Are Entitled to Financial Compensation, Too

During the last century, asbestos companies – including General Electric Company – were lacking industrial hygiene, not being concerned with the safety of their workers in the slightest. Accordingly, employees were not provided with adequate equipment such as coveralls and respirators to wear on the job and they did not have to change their clothes at the end of the day either. The latter is the reason why asbestos fibers would so often make their way out of industrial settings, endangering the health of the general population. Because they are microscopic and have a rough texture, asbestos fibers can easily spread through the environment and completely removing the hazard is impossible. Tragically, the families of General Electric Company employees were at considerable risk of breathing in carcinogenic fibers in their own homes, which could later result in terrible diseases. Nowadays, over 8% of people suffering from asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma developed their illness after regularly undergoing secondary exposure.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, namely with a former General Electric Company worker as a family member and struggling with a disease which might be the consequence of secondary asbestos exposure, we strongly advise you to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. However, the attorney you choose to work with should be specialized in toxic exposure cases and should also have relevant experience in handling such legal matters, as only such a professional will be able to provide the assistance and representation you need. Our lawyers have been dealing with asbestos cases for nearly 30 years and have recovered over $1.4 billion on behalf of asbestos victims hitherto. The main area of practice of Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has been asbestos exposure ever since the beginning, as we were aware how complex and difficult to pursue these cases are. For more information, please contact us and we will gladly answer any questions you might have.