Between the years of 1900 and 1970, the construction industry was flooded with asbestos products in pipe insulation. This material was used to cover pipes and other insulation purposes throughout homes and businesses. Pipe insulation and other asbestos pipe products contain fire retardant properties that made it a preferred choice among manufacturers and builders. It was soon discovered that asbestos was harmful and lead to mesothelioma and other cancers when inhaled or ingested.
Pipe insulation and many other asbestos products were soon taken off the market, but it was too late as thousands of people fell ill with asbestos related illnesses and cancers.
If you or a family member have fallen ill and suspect it to be asbestos related, a medical doctor should be contacted immediately. All serious and terminal illnesses require a diagnosis through medical tests to confirm the existing condition, progression and prognosis. This must be the start of the process of identifying, addressing and effectively dealing with mesothelioma.
Most of those who have developed mesothelioma were infected in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Each year new cases are being diagnosed. Some companies continued using asbestos pipe insulation products even after it was shown to be dangerous. As a result, these companies have been sued for billions of dollars, with many of them going bankrupt as a result of compensation payouts.
There are various treatment options. Treatments may vary according to the age and over-all health of the patient, and the extent of the disease. Discussing the various options with a medical doctor is important. It is a good idea to discuss all options, including alternative therapies, so that you can make decision on the option with which you feel most comfortable.
Do you qualify for a settlement?
If you or a loved one worked around pipe insulation or any other asbestos products, you may qualify for potential settlement. Contact our qualified attorneys for a free, no-obligation legal consultation to find out how they might help you and your family receive compensation.