So who is, in fact, responsible?
Between 1940 and 1978, over 11 million workers were exposed to asbestos on their jobs. As industrial workers were by far the most heavily exposed occupational group, people in the following work fields were massively impacted:
- asbestos mining
- electric power industry
- oil refining industry
- chemical industry
Many injured people wonder where their asbestos exposure took place and who is responsible for their suffering. The most common culprits that have been found over recent decades were asbestos manufacturers, employers, distributors, mines, suppliers, and companies who sold asbestos-containing products. Property owners who fail to remove asbestos from the buildings they rent out can also be held accountable if one of the tenants develops a serious illness.
Despite their outrageous attempts to evade responsibility, many asbestos manufacturers had been well-aware of the danger asbestos exposure poses to human health long before the mineral was classified as a carcinogen. Those who were producing automobile components and building materials knowingly exposed both workers and consumers to asbestos. Numerous manufacturers have been found guilty of not warning people with regard to the dangers of asbestos.
Nowadays, employers are required to comply with strict regulations and to keep workers safe by properly informing them about the hazardous nature of asbestos. Nonetheless, the situation has not always been so fair and as a result, the health of many employees was at risk during the last century. Employers, contractors, as well as factories have been found guilty of deliberately allowing workers to handle asbestos-containing products.
However, there are also circumstances when no one is at fault for asbestos exposure which is followed by a life-threatening disease, since asbestos is a natural mineral occurring in the earth. Deposits of asbestos were discovered in many states throughout the U.S. In such cases, there is nobody to blame for asbestos exposure.
If you have a lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, or mesothelioma diagnosis and wonder who is responsible for your condition, the skilful attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. can help you identify the culprit and recover proper compensation for your injury. Please call us at 205.328.9200 and we will provide you with quality legal assistance during the entire process.