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J.H. France Refractories Co.

Workers exposed to asbestos

J.H. France Refractories Co. is a refractory materials manufacturer, established in 1900. They now function under the name Snowshoe Refractories Inc., with headquarters in Pennsylvania. They have a long history of asbestos use, as refractory materials need to withstand high temperatures. Their choice to incorporate asbestos in their products has put their employees at the risk of developing serious diseases.

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J.H. France Refractories employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, J.H. France Refractories 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. Refractory materials are usually used in construction. These include all types of materials such as bricks, cement, and fabric. Because they need to withstand very high temperatures, asbestos represented an important component due to its heat resistant properties. Many companies have used it up until the 80s, because it was accessible, as it could be easily mined and cheap. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

J.H. France Refractories relied on asbestos for decades to manufacture their products. This exposed their employees to serious health risks, as working with asbestos can contaminate the air with microscopic fibers that if inhaled or ingested can lead to diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis. Asbestos-related diseases can take a long time to show signs and can develop even after the exposure has stopped.

Thousands of J.H. France Refractories 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 Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Victims of secondary asbestos exposure need to take action in order to get compensated


Although asbestos use was regulated in 1980, the risk of its exposure was well known ever since 1920, when numerous studies have linked it to serious respiratory diseases and some forms of cancer. Manufacturers using it had the obligation to warn their workers of the health risks they were subjected to. Employees at J.H France Refractories have been directly exposed to asbestos through the process of manufacturing their products. Family members may also be at risk because workers could have brought asbestos fibers into their homes on their clothing. Individuals with the biggest risk of developing asbestos-related diseases are those who worked in manufacturing, construction, or maintenance.

It often happened that workers would bring home microscopic dust embedded in their clothes, contaminating the home environment and exposing their family members too. If your health has been affected by secondary exposure, you are entitled to receiving compensation too. Contact us as soon as possible in order to review your case.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

In the last years, J.H France Refractories has been involved in a number of lawsuits over their use of asbestos affecting not only their employees but also independent constructors using their products. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung disease, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Our team has handled thousands of cases of workplace asbestos exposure ever since 1990. We can help you file a claim in order to get compensated. Contact us if you need more information regarding this process.

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. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.