H.K. Porter Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

In 1866, H.K. Porter was founded as a small shop that repaired industrial equipment. In the following years, the company became one of the largest locomotive builders. This lasted until the year 1950 when the company produced the last locomotive for the railroad industry. Nowadays, H.K. Porter continues to manufacture industrial equipment. The locomotives made by H.K Porter generated a lot of heat and in order to make them fireproof asbestos was utilized in manufacturing some of their parts.

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H.K. Porter Company employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, H.K. Porter Company 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. For approximately two decades, H.K. Porter Company manufactured locomotives with asbestos, a highly carcinogenic mineral that occurs naturally in multiple U.S. states, as well as in numerous other places throughout the world. The inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers can have dire health consequences, the most common being lung disease such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Among others exposed to asbestos, the occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

Despite being aware of the detrimental effects of asbestos exposure, company executives refused to cease the use of this agent until they no longer had a choice. After 1950, when the popularity of locomotives began decreasing, H.K. Porter Company switched their focus to industrial materials like tape, canvas, yarn, and felt. These, too, would contain significant amounts of asbestos, which would endanger the health of both people who partook in the manufacturing process and consumers.

Thousands of H.K. Porter 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 Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

If you have a former H.K. Porter Company worker in your family, chances are you were also exposed to asbestos

Because the majority of asbestos companies in the U.S. were completely lacking when it came to ensuring a safe environment for their employees, secondary exposure – also known as domestic or household exposure – was a very common occurrence within the families of workers. Accordingly, people who had just finished their shifts would return home covered with asbestos fibers, which were often visible on their clothes and shoes, as well as on their skin and in their hair. Exposure was thereby very likely to happen to anyone who came in contact with the H.K. Porter Company worker. Although secondary asbestos exposure is considered to entail a lower risk of developing a disease, it is still a serious issue, as roughly 10% of asbestos victims fell ill as a consequence of this type of exposure. The diagnoses one can receive following secondary asbestos exposure imply the same diseases as people who encountered this hazardous mineral in the workplace suffer from.

Victims of secondary asbestos exposure are entitled to financial compensation. If you shared a living space with a H.K. Porter Company worker before 1980 and struggle with lung cancer or any other disease associated with asbestos exposure, please contact our lawyers immediately. As cases of secondary exposure are more complex that those which involve occupational settings, we advise you to seek legal assistance at your earliest convenience, keeping in mind that personal injury cases have a statute of limitations. Our attorneys have so far recovered over $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and will gladly help you claim the money you deserve as well. Give us a call today and we will promptly put you in touch with one of our specialized lawyers, who will strive to obtain the optimal results for your case.

Legal recourse for victims of asbestos-exposure

In 1991, unable to compensate all the workers who had developed a serious disease as a result of asbestos exposure, H.K. Porter Company filed for bankruptcy protection. Their asbestos trust fund came into being in 1998 and since then, individuals whose health was affected by this awful mineral can easily recover the money they deserve for their injuries. While the process is nowhere near as complex and time-consuming as standard litigation, the aid of a specialized lawyer is still crucial and will grant you access to the maximum compensation you are eligible for. If you intend to file a claim with the H.K. Porter Company asbestos trust fund, we strongly advise you to contact our attorneys prior to initiating the legal process. With nearly 30 years of experience with asbestos cases, they will gladly dedicate their endeavors to pursue compensation on your behalf and hold the wrongdoers accountable for their careless actions.

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.