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Harbison-Walker Refractories Co.

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company got its start in 1865 under another name – Star Fire Brick Company. It became Harbison-Walker in 1875 and the company’s main activity was manufacturing heat-resistant products like firebricks. In 1967, a merger took place between Harbison-Walker and a subsidiary of Halliburton – Dresser Industries, Inc. Due to its fireproofing characteristics, asbestos was used heavily in Harbison-Walker’s products, risking the lives of the people involved in the making process and the lives of the workers in the construction industry that interacted with these asbestos contaminated materials.

Over 165,000 Asbestos Claims Have Been Filed Against Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. Since 1998

Remarkably withstanding extreme temperatures, asbestos was seen as the ideal raw material to include in the manufacturing of refractory materials for the better part of the last century. Although companies were aware of the dire health consequences exposure to asbestos might have, plenty of manufacturers – including Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. – decided for using it, completely disregarding the safety of their workers. While undeniably tragic, it should not come as a surprise that thousands of people who were employed at Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. came to struggle with harrowing diseases several decades later. Nowadays, former employees with diagnoses such as lung cancer or mesothelioma can easily recover the compensation they deserve from the asbestos trust fund set up by the company in 2005, three years after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

If Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. is at fault for your physical and emotional distress, our attorneys will help you file a claim with their asbestos trust fund, which currently has over $2.5 million set aside for victims of occupational exposure, to recover the compensation you deserve. We highly encourage you to take legal action, as not only will it provide you with money which might allow you access to higher-quality treatment, but also hold the wrongdoer liable for their unethical actions. Along with their experienced legal team, the lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have been dedicating their endeavors to pursuing asbestos cases since 1990 and will eagerly take over yours as well. Please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer any questions you might have.

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Have You Shared the Same House with a Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. Worker? If So, Your Health Might Also Be in Danger


Because secondary exposure would occur so frequently during the heyday of asbestos, individuals who worked directly with this carcinogen were unfortunately not the only demographic at risk. The people whom they lived with also came in contact with asbestos fibers, as workers would often return home covered with toxic dust, which could linger in the environment for years. As a consequence, their family members would unknowingly breathe in asbestos fibers too, either while laundering their work clothes or by greeting the worker upon coming back from the job. It is estimated that over 10% of those who lose their lives to asbestos diseases were secondarily exposed to the deadly mineral.

Inhabiting the same house as a Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. worker entailed a high risk of developing one of the diseases asbestos exposure is notorious for. If you have someone in your family who was employed at Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. and suffer from pulmonary disease or another illness correlated with asbestos exposure, please contact our lawyers as soon as possible. After a careful assessment of your case, they will began preparing your claim for submission and eventually provide you with the compensation you are entitled to as a victim of secondary exposure. It is crucial to take legal action shortly after you receive your diagnosis, as cases involving asbestos exposure have a statute of limitations which will prevent you from filing a claim if it expires. For more information concerning the legal process, feel free to give us a call and we will gladly assist you.