Mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in lining of the lungs and can result in malignant tumors that spread very quickly. Exposure to asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma and can appear as late as 60 years after the exposure. These dangerous fibers were once a very common form of insulation and fireproofing, however asbestos is now highly regulated and prohibited. However, individuals in and around Bryan and College Station can still be exposed to this material and over time, this can cause critical health conditions.
94% of asbestos use in the United States has been banned but many workers and their families are still at risk of asbestos related diseases (though family member risks have diminished as employees that handle asbestos are required to wash and keep their cloths at the workplace.) Cement, brake linings, shingles, textiles and flooring are just a few products that still use asbestos despite its toxicity. Military aircraft and boats, shipyards and commercial/industrial sites such as refineries, steel mills, and refineries are other places asbestos can found. Workers are more at risk the longer they are exposed and the larger the amount they are exposed to.
The standards that OSHA applies to industries that use asbestos are meant to be very thorough. Employers are responsible for providing hazard and risk awareness training, personal exposure monitoring, proper equipment for handling the material, and must make sure that asbestos levels never exceed legal worker exposure limits. If an employer is negligent in these responsibilities, they must provide medical monitoring for the over exposed employees. If conditions such as mesothelioma develop, we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The physical and medical health issues related to mesothelioma can be catastrophic and treatment can be very expensive and painstakingly long. Ongoing treatment, care from specialists, radiation and chemotherapy may be needed. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to a negligent employer, you may be able to recover damages to pay for past and future medical care, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. You may also be able to recover punitive damages that seek to reprimand employers for their negligent act.
At Zinda Law Group we have the experience and confidence necessary to take on companies in the Bryan/College Station area that overexpose their workers to asbestos.