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.
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.
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Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in jewelry manufacturers
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.
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.
Asbestos products handled by jewelry manufacturers
In addition to raw asbestos, jewelry manufacturers would be surrounded by the carcinogenic mineral in the workplace, as it was used to insulate various machinery and equipment. For this reason, people who held down this job during the last century are now at moderate risk of developing a serious disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. The following are only some of the asbestos products jewelry manufacturers would regularly handle on the job.
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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Local Asbestos Screening Requirements for Victims or Family Members
1. Must have a diagnosis, cancer diagnosis following industrial work or military/navy service has immediate expedited eligibility and do not need to travel to us, we do everything over the phone, any other non-cancerous lung related diagnosis will require travel and a 2 hour physical medical evaluation at our facility in Birmingham, Alabama
2. Must have been diagnosed within the past 3 years (it is very common to be misdiagnosed please ask for second and third opinions and a new diagnosis if you have been diagnosed later than the 3 year statute of limitation)
3. Must have a work history with products that may have contained asbestos (you could have worked with these products and not knowing that they contained asbestos, check our high-risk occupational asbestos exposure jobs and also our asbestos products page)