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Monday, May 10, 2010

Asbestos Dangers and Toxic Torts

Many people have never heard of toxic tort lawsuits, but they can serve as an important tool to protect the public. A toxic tort is a type of personal injury that occurs from exposure to toxic chemicals or materials. In some occupations, repeated exposure to harmful substances causes common illnesses.

Asbestos is one such harmful substance. Builders, welders, and electricians are some of the trades that traditionally have had high exposure to it.

The potential dangers of asbestos have been known for a long time. One disease associated with inhaling asbestos fibers is mesothelioma, a cancer of the membrane around the lungs for which no cure is known at present. Only in the 1970s, however, did regulatory agencies begin to rethink their traditional “hands-off” attitude.

Now a federal study is going to review health data of more than 18,000 retired and still-working firefighters to determine if they face an increased risk of cancer.

We welcome any recognition of the dangers that asbestos and other harmful materials can cause, but we also want to ensure that those people who are suffering the effects of exposure to them get the treatment and compensation that they deserve.

At The Cochran Firm, we will fight for your interests if you have become ill or have been injured from exposure to toxic torts. Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation at any of our nationwide offices.

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