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Turner & Newall

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company was founded in England in 1871 as a manufacturer of asbestos products and mine operators, where it was known under the name Turner Brothers. In the U.K., it was the first company that used asbestos fibers in the making of cloth. Due to this achievement, the company’s name changed into Turner Brothers Asbestos Company. The merger with Washington Chemical Company in 1920 led to the most recognized name change for this company –Turner & Newall. The company went through rapid growth during the 1930s and the 1940s, purchasing several asbestos insulation companies, in 1939, beginning to operate an asbestos mine in South Africa. The company’s products endangered the lives of the people working in the construction and electrical industries.

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Turner & Newall employees exposed to asbestos

As a company operating for over a century, Turner & Newall was responsible for endangering the lives of thousands of workers, both inside and outside the U.S. In addition to multiple types of insulation and heating ducts, they also manufactured cement sheet and heat-resisting board. Despite having prior knowledge of the dangers asbestos exposure implied, the company did not cease the use of this carcinogenic mineral. In 1937, the director of Turner & Newall allegedly wrote “All asbestos fibre dust is a danger to the lungs. If we can provide evidence that the industry is not responsible for any asbestosis claims, we may be able to avoid tiresome regulations and the introduction of dangerous occupational talk”. Consequently, numerous former employees came to suffer from harrowing diseases such as lung cancer after several years of workplace asbestos exposure.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at Turner & Newall are industrial workers, pipefitters, insulators, and ship servicemen. However, veterans may also have also been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by Turner & Newall, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to insulation, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured by Turner & Newall during the last century.

Thousands of Turner & Newall 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

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of Turner & Newall workers

Since asbestos companies – including Turner & Newall – went to outrageous lengths to cover up the potentially fatal consequences of asbestos exposure, it should not come as a surprise that industrial hygiene did not rank very high among their list of priorities. Accordingly, the work environment was extremely hazardous, both for the people who handled asbestos directly and for those who worked in close proximity to the former. However, the danger was not confined to the facilities of the company. Because they were not required to change before leaving the workplace, Turner & Newall employees would often return home with asbestos dust on their clothes, which led to secondary exposure. Unaware of the real health threat asbestos entailed, family members would greet asbestos workers upon coming back from the job and shake out their clothes before laundering the garments. These were two of the most common ways secondary asbestos exposure took place during the last century.

It is important to know that victims of secondary asbestos exposure are just as entitled to financial compensation as people who inhaled and ingested toxic fibers in the workplace. Therefore, if you shared the same living space with someone who was employed at Turner & Newall while the company was employing asbestos and have a diagnosis of asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or any other related disease, we strongly encourage you to contact our lawyers. With nearly 30 years of experience in assisting and representing individuals whose health was compromised by asbestos exposure, they will eagerly take over your case and invest all their efforts in achieving the optimal results for you. So far, our attorneys have recovered over $1.4 billion for their clients and will gladly help you as well.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

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.