Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were once used in thousands of products due to their durability and resistance to electricity, heat, fire, and chemicals. Back when asbestos was used for the manufacturing of products, many workers, and even consumers, were exposed to asbestos fibers. Those who worked in certain occupations, such plumbers, industrial workers, electricians, and firefighters, were particularly vulnerable to this exposure. It was eventually realized that when these fibers are disturbed and released into the air, they can be dangerous when inhaled. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer you may be entitled to substantial compensation through filing an asbestos exposure lawsuit against the company responsible for your exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos can be found in a number of consumer products, but especially older products. Some of these products include, but are not limited to:
- Hair dryers
- Baby powder
- Ironing board covers
- Automotive parts, such as brake pads and clutch linings
In addition to common consumer products, asbestos can also be found in a lot of items that many people may encounter while on the job. For example, asbestos is sometimes found in certain types of construction products, like floor tiles, caulk, cement, and insulation. When exposed to asbestos fibers in the air on a daily basis and for a long period of time, the effects can be harmful and cause conditions like cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. According to the World Health Organization, there were 107,000 deaths in just one recent year that were a direct result of asbestos exposure. These deaths, which occurred worldwide, were the result of asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis from work-related asbestos exposure.
The harmful effects of asbestos can take many years to show up. In fact, it can take 40 years (or longer) in some cases. Someone who has been retired for many years, but once was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis while working, may suddenly begin to exhibit signs of lung cancer or other asbestos-related condition. Receiving this type of medical diagnosis can be devastating for both the victim and that person’s family.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and received a medical diagnosis related to that exposure, you may have already retained an attorney. As you wait to receive a settlement for your case, you may have a lot of questions, including how long it will take to actually receive that money. There are a lot of factors that can affect an individual’s lawsuit timeline, and there is no simple answer to this. However, you may have other options, like receiving money sooner through a lawsuit advance. At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.