As far back as the days of the Holy Roman Empire, the masses were praising asbestos. After all, it was a “miracle mineral”, they said. Legend has it that an early Roman emperor was so amazed with asbestos’ properties that he would entertain guests by throwing his food-soiled asbestos tablecloth in the fire so that they could watch it emerge clean and unscathed. In addition, the Egyptians used to wrap their dead in cloth made of asbestos because they knew it would last for centuries.
Indeed, it was a material that scores of civilizations believed they couldn’t live without.
Hence, asbestos and asbestos-containing materials certainly aren’t a thing of the 20th and 21st centuries, as many might believe. The mineral has been used for centuries and, strangely enough, its dangers have been known for quite some time as well.
Roman philosopher and naturalist Pliny the Elder, born in 23 AD, even wrote about the condition of the slaves who mined the material back in the first century, noting that they seemed to suffer from “a sickness of the lungs” and that they died early. He even went as far as to recommend that no one accept work at those mines.
Nearly a hundred years ago, that “sickness of the lungs” was given a name – mesothelioma. It’s a deadly cancer for which the only known cause is exposure to asbestos. Yet, for decades after that name was given and long after it was clear how dangerous asbestos was when inhaled by humans, companies continued to use asbestos and/or products that contained asbestos. The biggest culprits included:
And many more
Scores of individuals in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and other states in the Rust Belt developed and are still developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on-the-job. They work/worked at jobs where exposure was a regular occurrence, including occupations such as:
And countless others
Asbestos exposure is SERIOUS and mesothelioma is DEADLY. It’s important for victims of exposure to understand that the exposure was not their fault and that they have the option to seek compensation for their injuries and may be eligible to receive funds that will help with medical bills and other financial burdens brought on by a cancer diagnosis.
If you or a loved one was harmed by asbestos, call for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer in regards to the rights of asbestos exposure victims and the options for seeking compensation.