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Have you or someone you love been experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease? If so, you may be entitled to receive substantial financial compensation. 

Asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to manifest themselves. No matter how much time has passed since your asbestos exposure, once you discover you have a related illness, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. Acting quickly will ensure that you do not miss out on your right to compensation. 

Even if you only suspect that asbestos exposure is the cause of your illness or disability, contact our compassionate legal team at Phillips Law Group to determine whether you are eligible to file a mesothelioma claim. We can gather the evidence, examine it for you, and advise you on the best course of action.

Schedule a free, no-obligation review of your asbestos exposure case. Call us at 1-800-706-3000 or complete the free case evaluation form.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are mined from natural deposits around the world. The material is extremely durable and resistant to fire, water, and chemicals. Since it is naturally resistant to so many elements, it has been used in different types of products for quite some time. 

Products that have been commonly made with asbestos include:

  • Car parts
  • Insulation
  • Tiles
  • Textiles
  • Cement
  • Fireproofing
  • Talcum powder
  • Bricks
  • Wallboards
  • Shingles

+ The History of Asbestos Bans in the United States

Companies have been using asbestos in products since as early as the 1920s. The substance became popular because of its ability to strengthen and fireproof products. Even though the dangers of asbestos have been known for decades, it continued to be used in manufacturing for far too long.

During the 1940s through the 1960s, the use of asbestos peaked in the US, especially in the construction, automotive, shipping, oil, and gas industries. Only in the 70s and 80s did federal restrictions on asbestos begin to be implemented.

The year 1989 brought further restrictions when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out Rule. This was intended to place a full ban on the manufacturing, importation, processing, and sale of asbestos-containing products. However, most of the ban was overturned in 1991.

As a result, the 1989 ban only prohibited the use of asbestos in:

  • Rollboard
  • Felt
  • Commercial paper
  • Flooring felt
  • Corrugated steel
  • Specialty paper
  • New uses of asbestos

The EPA continues to conduct investigations into the hazards of asbestos. In 2019, an effort was made to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act and prohibit the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of asbestos. In October 2020, though, the bill stalled in Congress and was never passed.

In April 2022, the EPA released a proposal for a ban on the ongoing use of asbestos. If passed, the law would ban and prohibit the use of chrysotile asbestos. This type of asbestos is still found in products such as brake blocks, sheet gaskets, and other vehicle friction products.

+ Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos has the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibers. When products that contain asbestos are agitated or damaged, microscopic fibers are released into the air. These small fibers can remain airborne for days after they are initially disturbed.

When these fibers are airborne, a person can breathe them in, where they may travel deep into a person’s lungs and eventually lodge in the lung tissue. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma.

Symptoms will not develop immediately after a person has been exposed to asbestos. The time between when a person breathes asbestos and starts to feel sick could often be between 10 and 40 years.

If a person is exposed to asbestos, the following factors may have an effect on whether harmful health effects will occur:

  • Duration of exposure
  • Amount of exposure
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Overall health
  • Route or pathway of exposure (eating, drinking, or breathing)
  • Lifestyle
  • Family traits
  • Exposure to other dangerous substances

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    Occupations Linked to Asbestos-Related Diseases

    Mesothelioma, one common asbestos-related disease, is considered an occupational disease because many people are exposed to asbestos while on the job. Phoenix and other cities in Arizona are filled with workplaces and other buildings that contain asbestos.

    Occupations with a higher risk of exposure to asbestos include:

    • Maintenance workers
    • Mechanics
    • Electricians
    • Furnace operators
    • Plumbers
    • Insulators
    • Firefighters
    • Miners
    • Railroad workers
    • Carpenters
    • Shipbuilders

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    Diseases Related to Asbestos Exposure

    Asbestos, in every form, is carcinogenic to humans and extremely harmful to health. Exposure to it can result in different types of cancer or lung disease. The following are descriptions of some diseases commonly linked to exposure to asbestos.

    Asbestosis

    Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, characterized by lung scarring and inflammation. Tiny asbestos fibers impale the lung’s surface, and the body’s immune system forms scar tissue around these small abrasions.

    Asbestosis prevents a person’s lungs from filling and relaxing normally, resulting in symptoms such as chest tightness and shortness of breath. While it is non-cancerous, asbestosis is still dangerous and can result in respiratory or cardiac failure as the condition worsens over time.

    Pleural effusions

    Pleural effusions are a buildup of fluid around the lungs. The pleura is a thin membrane that lines the surface of a person’s lungs and chest wall. When a pleural effusion occurs, fluid builds up between the spaces of the pleura. Resulting symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough, fever, and chest pain.

    There are various treatments available for pleural effusions, depending on the severity. For example, pleural effusions can be surgically drained but may recur over time.

    Lung cancer

    While lung cancer is often linked to cigarette smoke, exposure to asbestos is responsible for 20 percent of lung cancer cases. Workers and others who were exposed to asbestos over a long period of time seem to have a higher risk of lung cancer.

    According to the American Cancer Society, most people who worked with asbestos developed lung cancer at least 15 years after first being exposed to asbestos. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing up blood. The prognosis and treatment depend on the type and stage of cancer.

    Ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer has been linked to contaminated talcum powder products and occupational and secondhand asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers that are inhaled or ingested can travel to the ovaries through the body’s bloodstream or lymphatic system.

    The good news is that ovarian cancer caught at an early stage can be successfully treated. On the other hand, if not diagnosed and treated early enough, the cancer may spread throughout the body and prove fatal.

    Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma is the most common disease linked to asbestos exposure. This aggressive form of cancer affects the thin layer of tissue surrounding the heart, lungs, and other organs. The most frequent form is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs.

    It can take up to 50 years for a person to develop Mesothelioma from the time he or she is exposed to asbestos. Tragically, the prognosis for victims of mesothelioma is poor. By the time symptoms manifest, the cancer may have spread throughout a person’s body.

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    How an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer Can Help

    If you have developed a serious illness as a result of wrongful asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to a financial payout. However, asbestos cases are never as simple as filing a claim and recovering compensation. There are various levels of asbestos litigation, and each one requires specific knowledge and resources.

    If you are considering filing a claim for wrongful asbestos exposure, there are things you should know about the process and why you need to have a skilled asbestos exposure lawyer on your side. As such, please keep the following in mind when deciding whether or not to hire an asbestos exposure lawyer.

    Keeping up to date on asbestos law

    Asbestos litigation requires extensive knowledge to successfully file a claim. Federal and local asbestos laws are frequently being reviewed and amended. If an attorney is not focused on asbestos law, he or she could act on outdated information and provide poor legal representation to asbestos exposure victims.

    When you select a personal injury lawyer who knows how to handle asbestos litigation, you can be confident that he or she will keep up to date on any new laws or procedures related to asbestos.

    Knowing exactly how to build a solid case

    Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to build a solid asbestos exposure case on behalf of their clients. The right attorneys for you will have access to databases that contain extensive information on companies that used and manufactured asbestos. Your lawyer can then use this information to connect your asbestos exposure to your illness and determine which companies to file a lawsuit against.

    While building your case and representing you, a qualified legal team will:

    • Collect evidence (medical records, pay stubs, etc.)
    • Identify which job sites, employers, and products have exposed you to asbestos
    • Gather information on products, manufacturers, and local asbestos sites
    • Speak to other asbestos exposure victims in the area
    • File a lawsuit against all liable parties
    • Negotiate a settlement
    • Take your case to trial if necessary

    You can rest assured Phillips Law Group will do all of the above for you when we take on your case.

    Proving a track record of success

    The asbestos exposure attorney you choose to represent you should be able to show you how his or her law firm has successfully helped clients with cases similar to yours. After all, experience matters.

    Before selecting a personal injury attorney to represent you, consider asking that person:

    • How many asbestos exposure victims his or her law firm has helped
    • How long it took to recover compensation for previous clients
    • How much compensation was recovered for previous clients

    You can also ask a law firm for references or testimonials from previous clients. If an attorney is unable to provide evidence showing a track record of successfully representing asbestos victims, you may want to consider hiring a different law firm.

    Click the link here to see how Phillips Law Group has helped clients in the past and what sizable settlements they received.

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    Damages Available to Asbestos Victims

    Medical treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses can cost victims thousands of dollars every month. In addition, victims may be left unable to work and suffer from physical and emotional distress.

    If you are suffering from an asbestos exposure illness due to someone else’s negligence, it would be unfair for you to deal with the consequences on your own. The compassionate asbestos lawyers at Phillips Law Group have the knowledge and experience needed to help you pursue compensation from all negligent parties.

    You may be eligible to recover compensation for:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • Loss of earning potential
    • Disability
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of enjoyment

    Have you suffered the devastating loss of a loved one due to asbestos exposure? If so, our law firm may be able to help you file a claim for wrongful death damages. You could get money for burial expenses, funeral costs, loss of support, and more.

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    Statute of Limitations to File an Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

    At Phillips Law Group, we understand that the weeks following the diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness can be stressful and emotional for your family. However, the time to act is now.

    Each state limits the time you have to file a lawsuit and demand compensation. In Arizona, you have 2 years from the date of diagnosis to file a claim. For wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations is also 2 years, from the date of death.

    Do not miss out on your opportunity to secure a monetary award. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free review of your case.

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    Contact Phillips Law Group Today

    If you or a loved one has suffered an illness due to exposure to asbestos, contact our law firm today. Our asbestos attorneys can review the details of your claim and help you determine whether you have a valid case. We will then help you file a claim and work to maximize your settlement.

    At Phillips Law Group, we believe that everyone has the right to excellent legal representation regardless of his or her current financial situation. For this reason, we take clients on contingency. This means you will pay nothing out of pocket throughout the course of your asbestos case, and you will owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.

    Our law firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact Phillips Law Group to get the professional legal help you deserve during a free, no-obligation case review session.

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