Asbestos: The Hidden Killer
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. Although these were the very reasons that supported its use for many years in a number of different commercial and industrial capacities, they are also the very reasons for its ban. The use of asbestos sharply declined in the late 1970s when it became evident that this mineral posed a threat to human health and safety. Asbestos is now strictly regulated.
Exposure to this toxic mineral can now be scientifically and directly linked to a number of different lung and respiratory medical conditions. Although asbestos is no longer used, it was not long ago that this toxic mineral was found in different and even common places. To this day, people are still being diagnosed from asbestos-related medical diseases as a result of contact with asbestos from:
- Oil Fields.Due to its properties, asbestos was commonly used as a substance particle in clothes worn by oil field workers all across the country. The workers were not the only ones who became sick from simply wearing their “toxic” clothes. Their family members who came into contact from their clothes at home were also highly susceptible to developing asbestos-related medical conditions.
- Shipyards. Asbestos was also a big part of the port industries. As a result, high numbers of shipyard workers have developed various types of asbestos-related cancers over the years. Even their wives who washed the worker’s clothes have reported to develop the same illness as their husbands.
- Construction Sites. For many years, it was practically impossible to avoid exposure to asbestos on construction sites.
- Paper Mills.It is hard to imagine our world without paper. It is even harder to imagine that the process of making paper involved the use of the deadly and toxic asbestos mineral. In the past, it was standard practice to use asbestos as insulation in the high-temperature equipment used to make paper.
- Chemical Plants.For many years, we believed that if asbestos was not disturbed, it would be safe. However, what we didn’t realize is that old asbestos crumbles and deteriorates and enters the air and we breathe it in.
Although the majority of these places do not use asbestos any longer, the older facilities may still contain the toxic mineral. It is still found in public buildings, schools, courthouses, shopping malls, older apartment buildings and other locations that we innocently assume to be safe.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and has suffered an asbestos related injury as a result, you need to make it a priority to look for an experienced attorney who will work hard to help you seek the damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey asbestos injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.