After witnessing thousands of cases, I truly believe mesothelioma to be the most devastating of all cancers. I have watched family after family slowly comprehend that this was completely preventable and purely a case of corporate greed triumphing. It is a proud part of my life’s work to ensure mesothelioma victims and their families receive the justice they deserve and the corporations responsible pay for their greed.
We put together resources on this page to assist with your immediate healthcare needs. We sincerely hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any questions about a mesothelioma diagnosis, please call me directly at (877) 562-0000.
Asbestos-related disease is any illness brought on by exposure to asbestos.
Besides mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer almost always linked to asbestos, a number of other diseases can also be caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause non-cancerous or non-malignant diseases, including asbestosis and pleural disease.
Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer or cancer of the esophagus, larynx, pharynx, stomach, colon, or rectum.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these diseases, or if a loved one has died of one of these diseases, please call (877) 562-0000 or contact us online immediately for a free consultation. We may be able to help you receive compensation.
Asbestos in the Workplace
If you have worked in any of these jobs, you may have been exposed to asbestos:
- Aircraft mechanic
- Construction worker
- Crane operator
- Forklift operator
- General laborer
- Iron worker
- Navy Personnel
- Oil field worker
- Pipe cutter
- Steam fitter
- Steel worker
Products That Can Contain Asbestos
If you have worked with or been exposed to the products below, you may have been exposed to asbestos.
- Asbestos cement
- Asbestos cloth
- Ceiling tiles
- Electrical cable/wire
- Electrical controls/meters
- Floor tile
- Joint compound
- Pipe insulation/covering
- Raw fiber
- Refractory cement or other products
- Rock wool
- Roofing cement/felt/tar/sealant
- Welding rods
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral used in many products because it is fire resistant, flexible enough to be spun into a fabric, and has a higher tensile strength than steel. Asbestos has been widely used in manufacturing since the early 1900s and is still in use today. Some uses of asbestos have been banned because asbestos has been proven to cause mesothelioma and other diseases.
Why is asbestos dangerous to your health?
Asbestos exposure can cause disease and death, and many people never know they are at risk. Because of its widespread use, nearly everyone has been exposed to asbestos some time during their life, and asbestos cases continue to arise every day. Although you may have been exposed to asbestos many years ago, your health still may be at risk. It can take anywhere from 10 to 60 years for some asbestos-related diseases to surface.
How is an asbestos-related disease acquired?
Asbestos is released into the air in dust-sized fibers and inhaled into the lungs. These asbestos fibers are released when asbestos is mined, when asbestos containing materials are processed, when a worker works with an asbestos containing product, and when a worker works around others working with an asbestos containing product.
Asbestos fibers can be airborne in a processing plant, in the environment nearby, or even in a worker’s homes because asbestos fibers can be accidentally carried home on clothing. When the fibers are inhaled, they lodge in the lungs and nearby membranes and the body cannot get rid of them.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an extremely deadly cancer of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs. There is no cure, and the only known cause is exposure to asbestos. The cancer occurs most often in the pleura (membrane between the lungs and the ribs), but it can spread or occur locally in the lining of several abdominal organs or the heart as well. It has a long latency or “incubation” period, sometimes as much as 20 to 40 years. Workers who were exposed to airborne asbestos fibers before asbestos dangers first started to be publicized in the 1970s are still being diagnosed with this disease. Between 2,500 and 4,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with mesothelioma.
I was a smoker or am still a smoker, could I have an asbestos case?
Yes. It does not matter if you are currently a smoker or if you have ever smoked at all. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may qualify to receive compensation regardless of your smoking history. In fact, many studies have shown that smokers who were also exposed to asbestos are actually at an increased risk of developing lung cancer when compared with those that only smoked.
Isn’t asbestos currently banned in the United States?
No. Though some uses of asbestos were at one time banned in the U.S., it is still used today in certain applications. Asbestos has many important heat-resistant features, but its processing has been poorly regulated in the past. Even though federal regulation of asbestos processing is now tighter than ever, there are still slip-ups. The bottom line is that even if asbestos were completely banned today the long latency period means mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases would still be with us for years to come.
Do you need to work with asbestos to be at risk?
No. Perhaps the most frightening aspect is that workers might unknowingly carry asbestos fibers into the home on their clothes—family members have developed an asbestos-related disease simply from this low-level exposure such as washing clothes that were exposed to asbestos. Also, you don’t have to work with asbestos or in an asbestos processing plant in order to inhale airborne fibers. Many workplaces are large complexes with one small section in which asbestos containing materials or products are handled. A lack of proper workplace controls, such as proper ventilation, can sometimes mean airborne fibers drift elsewhere in a complex. Worse, the fibers can be airborne in the surrounding vicinity of a business in which asbestos containing materials are processed.
Can you be exposed to asbestos if you have not worked in an industrial workplace?
Yes. Many people have been exposed to asbestos through home remodeling or renovation work. Many people are also exposed to asbestos from performing car maintenance work and repair to their own personal vehicles or hobby cars. You may have also been exposed to asbestos when doing plumbing, welding or electrical work. Some products that you may have worked with that contained asbestos include: insulation, joint compound, brakes, clutches, tiles, shingles, siding, roofing felts, electrical wire, etc.
Do you need to be exposed to asbestos for years to be at risk?
No. Short-term exposure has been proven to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease and other asbestos-related diseases in many people. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled deeply enough on just one or two occasions for them to lodge permanently, deep within the lungs. The body cannot dispose of asbestos fibers. The frequency of exposure, and the amount to which someone is exposed, are not always factors in predicting the onset of the disease.
Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
Asbestos litigation began in the United States during the 1970s, and by 2002 defendants paid over $49 billion in compensation to claimants. As more and more lawsuits began to be filed, many asbestos defendants filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganization under section 524(g) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Reorganization does not mean that an asbestos defendant has run out of money, but rather that it has a large amount of asbestos liabilities. Reorganization allows the defendants to pay claims while protecting their assets. Courts have ordered many of the primary asbestos defendants who have filed for bankruptcy to set up personal injury trust funds specifically to compensate asbestos victims. These types of funds are also called Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts.
Asbestos Bankruptcy Claims
These Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts are set up to provide payments for all present and future asbestos injury victims. Payments usually equal only a small portion of their true value. Because of our knowledge and experience, the asbestos lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are able to efficiently and effectively establish the rights of our clients to the money that has been put into these asbestos trusts for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. We fight for every dollar owed our clients by these asbestos trusts.
We are able to so effectively process asbestos bankruptcy claims because of our specialized knowledge and dedicated staff. Our asbestos lawyers know exactly what needs to be done to maximize the payments to our clients. Assisting our attorneys is our large, dedicated asbestos bankruptcy department. As a result of our size, we can quickly and efficiently complete and file claims against the many companies that have filed for bankruptcy and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
When will I receive my asbestos bankruptcy settlements?
The time it takes companies to plan, establish, and begin asbestos payouts from their trusts can be anywhere from several months to several years. While no firm can avoid these delays to payments, the hard work and experience of our dedicated asbestos attorneys and bankruptcy staff means that our clients receive their settlements as fast as possible.
Having filed over 60,000 individual bankruptcy claims with forty-six different bankruptcy trusts means our staff is intimately familiar with the processes, requirements, and formats required by each trust. Our experience allows us to cut out delays caused by missing or incomplete information.
Companies and Trusts Currently Paying Asbestos Claims
- A & I Corporation
- Christy Refractories
- JT Thorpe Company
- JT Thorpe, Inc.
- Porter Hayden
- Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical
- Shook and Fletcher
- Armstrong World Industries (AWI)
- Kentile (Metex)
- Swan Island/Tyler Pipe
- Leslie Controls
- Turner & Newell
- Fuller-Austin Insulation Company
- Babcock and Wilcox Co. (B&W)
- G-I Holdings (GAF/Ruberoid)
- Thorpe Insulation Company
- Brauer Supply
- National Gypsum Co. (NGC)
- S. Minerals
- Burns & Roe
- United States Gypsum (USG)
- E. Thurston
- Owens Corning
- UNR- Unarco -Union Asbestos and Railroad Company
- HK Porter
- Utex Industries
- Christy Refractories
- Johns Mansville (JM)
- Pittsburgh Metals
- Western Asbestos (Western McArthur)
- AP Green
- W.R. Grace
Bankrupt Companies Pending Trust Establishment Not Currently Paying Asbestos Claims
- Pittsburgh Corning
- State Insulation Corp.
- Plant Insulation Company
- State Insulation Corp.
- Gasket Holding Inc.
- Global Industrial Technologies
- Schutte & Koerting, Inc.
- Wagner Electric Corp.
I don’t live in Alabama. Can you still help me?
Yes, Cory Watson Attorneys serves asbestos and mesothelioma victims throughout the United States. Simply contact us for a review.
Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure
- Lung cancer
- Other cancers:
Non-Malignant (Non-Cancerous) Diseases caused by Asbestos Exposure:
- Pleural disease
- Pleural thickening
- Pleural plaques
Our Asbestos Lawyers Help Victims in Alabama and Nationwide
If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or cancer of the esophagus, larynx, pharynx, stomach, colon, or rectum, the Birmingham mesothelioma lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you. Pick up the phone and call us at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free initial consultation form. It takes just minutes to fill out the brief form and the initial conversation is free.
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