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Who Is Responsible for Asbestos Injuries and Compensation?

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Asbestos companies, such as manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, are directly responsible for the injuries of their former employees, as well as with their compensation.

answered by Mark L. Rowe

Over 200 companies in the U.S. have knowingly exposed their workers to asbestos between the 1930s and the 1980s

By virtue of its convenient properties – fire resistance, durability, inability to conduct electricity – asbestos has been extensively used by numerous companies across the U.S. throughout the past century. Although the harmful effects of exposure had been known since the early 1930s, it was not until 1972 that asbestos was finally classified as a human carcinogen by health agencies. For over four decades, asbestos companies have gone to incredible lengths to conceal the dangers of exposure from both their employees and the general public. Therefore, there is no room for doubt that asbestos companies are fully responsible for the injuries their former workers are currently struggling with.

The following types of asbestos companies can be held accountable in a legal process:

  • manufacturers of asbestos products
  • distributors of asbestos products
  • asbestos and vermiculite mines
  • asbestos building materials suppliers
  • companies which sold asbestos products

In the case of non-occupational exposure, property owners who failed to properly remove asbestos from the building can also be held accountable if one of the tenants develops a serious disease like mesothelioma or lung cancer.

If you take legal action, you will receive compensation from the asbestos company responsible for your injury. The majority of asbestos companies have filed for bankruptcy, as they could no longer pay liabilities to former workers. However, these companies were required by law to set up asbestos trust funds, which currently represent the most effective way of recovering financial compensation.

There are 60 active asbestos trust funds in the U.S. with a total of approximately $37 billion, while another $18 billion has already been paid to asbestos victims. As for the companies which have not set up asbestos trust funds, asbestos victims can still file lawsuits against them in order to receive financial compensation.

Were you or a family member diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis as a consequence of asbestos exposure in the workplace? Please contact us at (205) 328-9200 and we will promptly evaluate your case. The attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have successfully recovered compensation for over 25,000 asbestos victims so far and are willing to help you as well.

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