As far back as the 1920’s, it was discovered that exposure to asbestos, a commonly used building material, results in a type of cancer called mesothelioma, and even though a worker can go for years without symptoms, eventually the worker will contract cancer and die.
Dupont has been a big manufacturer of asbestos-containing products for
almost a century. Pipes, boilers, ovens, furnaces, etc. – all contained
asbestos. According to
Asbestos.com, at Dupont
Asbestos was also found in clothing that was distributed to workers to protect them from burns and other injuries. However, instead of protecting the workers, asbestos-containing clothing made them sick. Employees were likely to inhale or ingest airborne fibers from worn or damaged asbestos. The fibers would then become imbedded in their lungs and, in some cases, cause tumors or asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma to develop later in life.
Kent cigarettes contained asbestos during the early 1950’s. Ironically in a filter that was supposed to protest their lungs, according to Mother Jones.
Many lawsuits have been filed against Dupont and other companies that knowingly exposed their employees to asbestos.
Many lawsuits have been filed against the military because of materials used by Navy personnel, according to this article. Even wives who have washed the dirty clothes of their husbands have been exposed to asbestos. According to a lawsuit recently filed in Louisiana:
In their lawsuit, Joseph Edward Babin II, husband of Judy Gail Babin and her children, Joseph Edward Babin III and Lori Babin, allege Judy Gail Babin was continuously exposed directly and indirectly to her husband’s asbestos-laden work clothes, his tools, his car, and their shared surroundings. As a result of her second hand or take home asbestos exposure, she developed and died from mesothelioma.
If you or someone you know thinks they have suffered an injury while on the job due to asbestos exposure, Nate Hansford can help. Contact Nate by phone at 770-922-3660.