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Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other metal ions. Asbestos fibers insulate very well because they are strong, flexible and will not burn. The three most common varieties of asbestos fibers are chrysolite, amosite and crocidolite.

Because asbestos is a tiny fiber, less than half the diameter of a strand of hair, it needs to be attached to something. When asbestos fibers are mixed with other materials, it produces what is called an asbestos containing material or ACM.

A large number of construction products are made of asbestos, including sealants, cement pipe, wall insulation, pipe insulation and ceiling panels. Also, ACM has been used by the automotive industry, shipping industry and NASA for insulating the Space Shuttle.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

One major drawback of using ACM is the dust that is created from the manufacture, installation and eventual deterioration, releases asbestos in the air. Because asbestos is such a small, powdery component, it is easily airborne and also easily inhaled. Unfortunately, when inhaled, asbestos can produce serious health problems.

Even though the Federal Government placed a moratorium on the production of most asbestos products in the early 1970s, installation of these products continued through the late 1970s and even into the early 1980s.

Between 1940 and 1980, an estimated 27 million American workers had an occupational exposure to asbestos that could affect their health, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Asbestos has largely been banned in America, though some asbestos-containing products have failed to be blocked from sale by current legislation. Thus, there is a continued risk of exposure.

Who is at Risk of Developing an Asbestos Disease?

From shipfitters, pipefitters and demolition workers, to those toiling on railroads and in construction, Weitz & Luxenberg has many clients whose needless and entirely avoidable exposure to asbestos ultimately led to them developing asbestos-related diseases.

How Can Asbestos Lawyers Help?

Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs’ law firm representing people affected by mesothelioma.

Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure may be eligible to compensation from the companies responsible for their asbestos related disease.

If you would like a free consultation or more information about your legal options, please complete the form on this page, and one of our asbestos lawyers will contact you as soon as possible.

For legal help anywhere in the U.S. call: 1-800-476-6070.

 

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos

W&L have professionally and vigorously pursued my claims. I could not have gotten such positive results without them.

- Eugene B. , New York , NY

W&L Facts

  • We helped Brooklyn Navy Yard workers get $104 million in a class-action case against Johns-Manville. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We obtained a $190 million verdict in a mesothelioma case. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 900 sheet metal workers have used us as their legal advisors.

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  • We won a $64.65 million award for 4 construction site workers who had asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $518 million from the chemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $53 million from asbestos product manufacturers.

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  • Almost 22,000 construction workers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We played a pivotal role in establishing asbestos bankruptcy trusts that hold $30 billion to compensate victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $47 million verdict for a boilermaker who died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 2,800 electricians have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won non-malignancy cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $1.6 billion from the maritime industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with almost 3,000 clients with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped almost 1,400 clients from Massachusetts. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been helping clients for more than 25 years. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $75 million verdict for clients who were exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got almost $2.8 billion from the shipyard industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our Asbestos Exposure Team has more than 50 lawyers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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