Mesothelioma Frequently Asked Questions

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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral used in manufacturing products in different industries.   Different varieties of asbestos are chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite.

Which materials may contain asbestos?

  • Asbestos-Cement
  • Corrugated Sheet
  • Roof Coatings
  • Asbestos Clothing
  • Clutch Facings
  • Commercial And Industrial Asbestos Friction Products
  • Rollboard
  • Asbestos-Cement Flat Sheet
  • Flooring Felt
  • Non-Roof Coatings
  • Disc Brake Pads
  • Sheet And Beater-Add Gaskets (Except Specialty Industrial)
  • Asbestos-Cement Pipe
  • Pipeline Wrap
  • Vinyl/Asbestos Floor Tile
  • Drum Brake Linings
  • Commercial, Corrugated, And Specialty Paper
  • Asbestos-Cement Shingle
  • Roofing Felt
  • Automatic Transmission Components
  • Brake Blocks
  • Millboard


Are there legal guidelines for working with asbestos?

To help prevent exposure to asbestos containing materials, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set limits for acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace.

What are diseases associated with asbestos?


Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma are the most common asbestos related diseases.

Who is at risk for an asbestos related disease?


Any person who works with or around asbestos containing products is at risk for an asbestos related disease.  The families of those who work with asbestos products are also at risk if proper care is not taken to remove all fibers from the skin and clothing.

What is mesothelioma?


Mesothelioma is a cancerous disease that affects the mesothelium.  The mesothelium is a membrane that protects many internal organs in the body.  Cancerous cells develop on the mesothelium. Most cases of malignant mesothelioma begin in the pleura (lungs and chest cavity wall lining) or peritoneum (abdominal cavity organs). Cancerous cells can spread from their original site to other tissues and organs.

What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?


Shortness of breath and chest pain are the two major symptoms of mesothelioma.

How long after exposure to asbestos do the symptoms occur?


Symptoms can occur within a short period of exposure or up to 50 years after exposure.

Where does mesothelioma usually start?


Mesothelioma usually starts in the lungs and/or chest cavity.  It may also originate in the abdomen and heart.

Are there treatments available for mesothelioma?


While the there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are numerous treatments available today with hope for many more in the future.

Why should I file a mesothelioma lawsuit?


Mesothelioma is a disastrous, yet preventable, disease.  Asbestos companies have valued profits over human lives by intentionally not disclosing all hazards to their employees.  These companies need to be found liable to help prevent others from the same torturous fate.
Is there a limit of how long a person with mesothelioma may file a law suit?
Most states have statues of limitations which limit how much time victims can initiate legal action.

What companies made asbestos products?


A.B.B. Lummus Global Inc.
Abex Corperation
AC & S
Amatex Corporation
A. P. Green Industries
Armstrong World Industries
Babcock and Wilcox
Bell Asbestos Mines
Bestwall Gypsum
Borg Warner Company
C. E. Thurston & Sons
Certainteed Corportation
Combustion Engineering
Congoleum Corporation
Crown Cork and Seal
Dana Corporation
Eagle Picher Industries Inc.
Ehret Magnesia
E.J. Bartells Co.
Foster Wheeler
Federal Mogul Corporation
Flexitallic Gasket Company
GAF Corporation
General Electric
General Motors
Gold Bond
H. K. Porter Inc.
Harbison Walker Refractories Co.
Honeywell Heating
Ingersoll Rand
John Crane
J T Thorpe
Kaiser Aluminum
Kelly Moore Paint Co.
Kentile Floors
Lincoln Electric
M.H. Detrick Company
Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing
Mobil Oil Corperation
National Gypsum
Nicolet Keasby & Mattison
North American Refractories
Owens Corning Fiberglass
Owens Illinois
Pacor Incorporated
Pittsburgh Corning
Plibrico Company
Porter Hayden Company
Rapid American Phillip Carey Manufacturing
Raybestos Manhatten Raymark Industries
Rock Wool Manufacturing Co.
Shook and Fletcher
Synkoloid Company
The Flintkote Company
Union Carbide
Western Macarthur
Westinghouse Electric

What does the compensation cover?


Medical Bills, Pain and Suffering, Mental Anguish and Grief, and Financial Security for your family if you should pass away from this horrible disease.

How can I afford a lawyer?


Most mesothelioma lawyers are hired on a contingency basis.  They receive their pay out of the settlement amount that a victim is awarded, but do not bill you for any costs if there are no settlements.

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