Despite asbestos companies' denial that their products could cause serious harm within the human body in the past, many judges today are finding them guilty of knowingly allowing workers to handle a substance that would later lead to debilitating diseases like mesothelioma. Recently, a New York jury awarded plaintiffs a $25 million verdict against Crane Company for the past pain and suffering of two electricians and mesothelioma victims.
It is often the case that those diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases in the United States are retired blue-collar workers who have suffered prolonged exposure on the job. Despite the EPA and OSHA enacting multiple laws and regulations to protect these workers, many companies still fail to keep their workers safe from asbestos exposure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put many rules and regulations in place to protect the public from toxic substances in the environment. Asbestos is just one of these substances. Declared as a hazard to human health in the 1970's, asbestos exposure is proven to cause devastating diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
There are many occupations in which the risk for asbestos exposure is high, and they all seem to have one thing in common: blue-collar workers. Those with occupations involving manual labor are at much higher risk for developing an asbestos-related disease due to occupational exposure than workers in other fields. But why?
Did you know that, every year, about 3,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer? Mesothelioma is a rare and incurable disease that develops after exposure to asbestos. Once asbestos is inhaled or swallowed by an individual, the microscopic fibers are able to penetrate different areas of the body, which can lead to the development of fatal tumors over time.
As Father's Day approaches this Sunday, we would like to take some time to recognize all of the dads who have been affected by mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Over 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year in the United States, and most often it is our fathers who are affected.
We've talked before on the blog about the amount of asbestos materials used within military vehicles and vessels, but what about the cars that people drive on U.S. roads everyday? Asbestos has been worked into brake linings and pads, clutch facings, and various gaskets for automobiles of all kinds and can still be found within cars, trucks, and auto parts available on store shelves.
If you have been keeping up with our blog posts recently, you might already know that asbestos is nothing to be messed with. Microscopic asbestos fibers can be inhaled and become trapped within the human respiratory system, causing a world of trouble during the following years. Deadly illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma can develop over time.