Jewelry manufacturers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Surprisingly, asbestos was highly present in the jewelry manufacturing industry, as a person recalls having a bucket of loose asbestos fibers under the soldering bench, which were moistened and subsequently used to hold together the components they had to solder. For this reason, people who had a job in the jewelry manufacturing industry before 1980 are at significant risk of developing a serious disease as a result of asbestos exposure. Furthermore, the facilities they would perform their work in were laden with asbestos to prevent the risk of fire, as asbestos is excellent for insulating structures.

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Jewelry manufacturers were using asbestos to a moderate extent during the last century, which now places former workers at a considerable risk of developing a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure. Workers would employ wet asbestos fibers to keep together the components before soldering the pieces. Additionally, asbestos was also present in the jewelry itself, namely in gemstones. However, this poses a very small risk to the wearer, as the amount of asbestos in gemstones is low. The process of cutting, shaping and polishing jewelry, known as lapidary, would release significant amounts of asbestos fibers in the air, which workers would unknowingly inhale and ingest. Another way jewelry manufacturers were exposed to asbestos is by cutting asbestos sheets to line casting molds which were baked in the oven to make jewelry.

Relevant job titles

  • goldsmith
  • mounter
  • setter
  • production jeweler
  • craftsperson
  • prong


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in jewelry manufacturers

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How can we help jewelry manufacturers who were exposed to asbestos?

If you worked as a jewelry manufacturer before 1980 and came to struggle with a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure, you are eligible for compensation. Specializing in asbestos exposure cases, our attorneys will help you file a claim or a lawsuit to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress. While the legal process is complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to send your attorney your employment and medical records, documents which will be used to support your asbestos claim or lawsuit. In the event that the company you worked for has a trust fund, your lawyer will file a claim with their asbestos trust fund. If they are still in business, they will file a lawsuit against the company, which will result in the compensation you are entitled to. However, it is important to keep in mind that cases of asbestos exposure have a statute of limitations of 3 years from the moment of diagnosis in most states, which should prompt you to take legal action as soon as possible. Lastly, you need to know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not owe our attorneys anything unless they recover financial compensation on your behalf.

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