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John R. - Diagnosed with Asbestosis

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I worked as a laborer for the Alabama By-Products company based in Tarrant, Alabama for more than 10 years. I was working in the part of the plant where they were making pipes which required massive quantities of asbestos. Afterward, starting 1970, I worked in the US Air Force in Atwater as a laborer. In 1974, I turned back to Alabama and started working for the Stockham Valves & Fittings in Alabama. Basically, I’ve been exposed to asbestos during all these years in every workplace I’ve been in.

At first, I didn’t know I was exposed until I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even climb the stairs. So, I decided to visit a doctor. I went to a pulmonologist and he noticed a spot on my lung. One of my friends told me to come to the Environmental Litigation Group and ask them to help me get tested for free. I turned to these lawyers for help and in 2014 I was diagnosed with asbestosis.

If you worked back in the 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s in an industry dealing with asbestos products, you should go get checked. Chances are that you too were exposed to asbestos. The sooner you get diagnosed, the better.