During the last century, 3M 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. It is worthy of note that veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos by using the products of this company while they were serving in the military. While the company is renowned for introducing numerous innovative products such as waterproof sandpaper and videotape to the world, 3M has also greatly endangered the health of their workers for the better part of the last century. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:
By employing asbestos, company executives completely disregarded the lives of the people who took part in the manufacturing process. As a consequence, plenty of former 3M workers have subsequently come to suffer from harrowing diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. It was not until 1986 that the company was forced to stop using asbestos. However, a sliver of hope is that people whose health was affected by asbestos exposure can now recover financial compensation from 3M with the help of a specialized attorney. Former employees of 3M whose job involved handling asbestos and came to struggle with the following diseases are eligible for compensation:
It is noteworthy that people who suffer from asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, bronchial cancer, throat cancer, and esophageal cancer are not required to come in person to our offices in Birmingham, Alabama to file a toxic exposure claim, as these diseases have a definitive causal relationship with asbestos exposure and we will handle your case through the phone and via e-mail. However, if you struggle with any of the other diagnoses, you will have to travel to our offices in order to be examined by our medical specialists for asbestos fibers in your lungs, since the rest of the diseases are not always the result of asbestos exposure. If asbestos fibers are present in your lungs, you become eligible for compensation, which our skillful attorneys will help you recover from 3M.
Similarly, if you are the family member of a former 3M worker and developed one of these diseases, you may be eligible for compensation, as secondary asbestos exposure was a very common occurrence during the last century. The term 'secondary exposure' refers to asbestos exposure that occurs indirectly, such as inhaling or ingesting the toxic fibers that were brought home by a 3M worker on their clothes, skin, and hair. Lastly, if one of your family members who worked for 3M passed away from a disease related to occupational asbestos exposure and had not filed a claim for compensation, our attorneys can help you file a wrongful death claim so that you can recover money on their behalf.
A very important aspect you need to keep in mind if you intend to file a claim for asbestos exposure is the statute of limitations. It refers to the timeframe within which you can file your claim and most states have a statute of limitations of 2 or 3 years from the moment of diagnosis. Therefore, it is crucial to contact our law firm as soon as you or your family member receives their diagnosis, as preparing your claim for submission takes a considerable amount of time. If the statute of limitations is exceeded, you are no longer eligible for compensation from the liable company.