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Western MacArthur

Workers exposed to asbestos

Western MacArthur was founded in 1967 when MacArthur and Western Asbestos merged into one company specializing in wall and pipe insulation. Extensive use of asbestos in these products, as was common at the time, made this one of the most litigated companies in asbestos case law, leading to bankruptcy in 2002, restructuring in 2004, and setting up a $2 billion asbestos trust fund.

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Western MacArthur employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Western MacArthur 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. Until well into the 1970s, when strict regulations came into effect, Western MacArthur had been employing asbestos primarily for the manufacturing of pipe insulation. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

Nonetheless, the company was also renowned for its HVAC products, which also contained asbestos, the hazardous mineral whose inhalation or ingestion can lead to harrowing diseases. If you worked for Western MacArthur more than four decades ago, you were most likely exposed to asbestos, which entails a lifetime risk. Since a period of up to 50 years may elapse between the first exposure and the onset of a disease such as pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer, we advise former employees to monitor their health periodically.

Thousands of Western MacArthur 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

People who have a former Western MacArthur worker in their family might have undergone secondary asbestos exposure


While the vast majority of asbestos victims became ill as a consequence of occupational exposure, 10% of these people came to suffer from a disease following secondary exposure, which implies indirect contact with toxic fibers. For the better part of the last century, industrial hygiene within workplaces involving asbestos use was not given much thought, as company executives would insist exposure was absolutely safe. Consequently, asbestos was seen as mere “nuisance dust”. Employees were thereby not required to change clothes or shower at the end of the day, which led to asbestos fibers being brought home on their overalls, as well as on their skin and in their hair. Thus, any family member who was sharing the same dwelling with a Western MacArthur worker at the time is now at risk.

If you have a diagnosis of asbestosis, COPD, lung cancer, or any other disease which you suspect might be the consequence of secondary asbestos exposure, please contact our resourceful attorneys to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to. Since 2004, Western MacArthur has been providing asbestos victims with the money they deserve via their asbestos trust fund. A lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases – such as those at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. – will help you navigate the legal process and claim the compensation you deserve in the shortest time possible.

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.