In the middle and late 20th century, many major industries made heavy use of a mineral fiber called asbestos. Prized for its durability and heat resistance, asbestos was a cheap and effective material in the making of insulation, boilers, pipes, and more. What an unsuspecting public did not know, however, was that asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can lead to serious and deadly medical problems.
Consequences of Asbestos Exposure
Though science had already established a strong link between asbestos and various health problems by the early 1900s, many companies continued to use the mineral fiber with abandon. In some cases, workers and their families were deliberately kept in the dark about the true effects of asbestos exposure. In fact, asbestos is known to cause:
- Pleural Plaques
- Lung Cancer
At Hotze Runkle, PLLC, we are committed to helping asbestos victims find justice. The health problems resulting from asbestos are long-lasting and often fatal, and we believe that those at fault should be held legally responsible for the pain they have caused.
Because of its wide use during the 20th century, asbestos can be found in many places and many products. If you have worked or lived near any of the following, you may have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos without your knowledge:
- Paper Mills
- Chemical Plants
- Steel Mills
- Brass Plants
- Industrial Job Sites