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Current Asbestos Uses

Houston, Texas

Asbestos is a naturally occurring compound that has been utilized in commercial applications for over a century. It is extremely heat-resistant, so it can be used where other compounds would fail, for instance in heating and duct work or insulating commercial ships.

While it was made known to the public in the 1930s that asbestos could be harmful to a person’s health, many employers ignored these warnings and allowed their employees to continue to inhale asbestos fibers for decades. It was soon discovered that asbestos inhalation can cause asbestosis or mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that causes incurable shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically attacks the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the heart, abdomen, or rarely, the testicles. Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma and it is a fatal disease.

By 1989, most asbestos products were outlawed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to further protect the American public from exposure to the dangerous substance. However, asbestos is still used in some applications and products today that it is imperative to protect yourself from. Asbestos may still be used in the following:

  • Brake pads
  • Automotive clutches
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Roofing materials
  • Corrugated sheeting
  • Some potting soils
  • Cement piping
  • Home insulation

These products have to contain small percentages of the deadly substance, but it is still important to be aware that they contain asbestos. For instance, if you are in your attic and agitate the insulation, you could be exposing yourself to asbestos. It is also very important to protect yourself and your family from asbestos exposure if your job requires you to work with these materials. In particular, protect your family from take-home asbestos by covering your clothing while working with asbestos and removing exposed clothing before going home.

If you or a family member has mesothelioma or asbestosis due to exposure to asbestos that your employer should have protected you from, please contact our Houston mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys at Heard, Robins, Cloud & Black today. Our experience with these types of cases is incomparable and we will help you get the compensation you need. Call us today at (800) 499-1797.

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