Union Carbide Corporation

Workers exposed to asbestos

The company was first established in 1917 under the name Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation as an ethylene producer and purchaser. Between 1920 and 1957, the company went through an extraordinary growth opening an ethylene plant in West Virginia, merging with Bakelite Corporation and finally changing its name into Union Carbide Corporation. In 2001, Union Carbide became a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. In the 1960’s, Union Carbide mined for asbestos in California, selling it to other companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products.

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Union Carbide Corporation employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Union Carbide Corporation 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. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

Originally producing and purchasing ethylene, Union Carbide Corporation came to know a substantial growth between 1920 and 1957, expanding their business to manufacture other chemicals as well, such as butadiene and styrene. However, the most dangerous product the company was manufacturing at the time was Calidria chrysotile asbestos, which Union Carbide Corporation would mine in close proximity to King City, California. Shamefully, company executives were knowledgeable with regard to the awful effects asbestos exposure could have on their employees, as one internal memo clearly states – “make hay while the sun shines” – yet they decided for continuing to use the mineral nevertheless. As a result, thousands of former employees are now struggling with harrowing diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestos related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Do you have a Union Carbide Corporation worker in your family? If you do, you might have also inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers

Considering the microscopic size of asbestos fibers and their rough texture, it is probably not surprising that they can persist in the environment for decades, as complete removal is rarely feasible. During the last century, when asbestos was present in enormous amounts in dozens of industries, poor industrial hygiene prompted workers to carry home toxic fibers on their clothes, thereby unknowingly exposing their family members to this carcinogenic mineral. People who held down a job at Union Carbide Corporation for several years put the health of their dear ones at risk to the greatest extent, as medical studies found that prolonged exposure is more likely to result in illness than short-term exposure. By regularly inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, one is more likely to develop a serious disease in the distant future. It is important to keep in mind that a disease only ensues within 10 to 50 years from the first contact with asbestos, so the risk never diminishes.

Having been dedicating their professional endeavors to helping asbestos victims ever since the beginning, our lawyers also provide legal assistance and representation to individuals harmed by secondary asbestos exposure. The process of recovering financial compensation is relatively similar and, with the aid of our specialized attorneys and their resourceful legal team, you will not have to worry about spending endless hours outside your home, as they will efficiently take care of everything on your behalf. We are aware of how exhausting struggling with a disease caused by asbestos exposure is. For this reason, we are bound to carefully attend to the most complex and time-consuming aspects with minimal involvement on your part. If you have someone in your family who was employed at Union Carbide Corporation and have a diagnosis related to asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact us right away and we will gladly lend you a helping hand.

Filing an asbestos claim for former Union Carbide Corporation employees

Union Carbide Corporation does not have a trust fund set up for injured workers, as the company has afforded to pay out compensation to everyone so far and was therefore not forced to seek bankruptcy protection. However, if your health was compromised as a consequence of your employment, a lawyer who specializes in asbestos litigation will help you claim the money you are entitled to from Union Carbide Corporation. Our attorneys have provided legal assistance and representation to over 200,000 asbestos victims over the past three decades and have the necessary resources to obtain the maximum compensation you are eligible for. We strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible, as personal injury cases involving asbestos exposure have a statute of limitation between one and six years, depending on the state. The only documents you need to bring are your employment and medical records, and our skilful lawyers will promptly take over from there.

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.