EPA identifies industries at risk of asbestos exposure

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | asbestos

Asbestos is a dangerous material that time and again has been linked to serious diseases and cancers, including mesothelioma. Yet, despite knowledge of the dangers, asbestos is still used in many industries. This puts those workers at serious risk of harm that could otherwise be prevented. And that harm can be catastrophic, ravaging victims and their families from a physical, emotional, and financial standpoint.

The Environmental Protection Agency is again highlighting the dangers of asbestos. According to a risk assessment recently published by the agency, asbestos creates an unreasonable risk of cancer to those who inhale it. This means that those who work in chemical production, automotive, oil, and Chlor-alkali industries were at an increased risk of developing asbestos-based diseases. Even consumers who come into contact with products stemming from these injuries can be exposed to asbestos and its risks.

Sadly, there still hasn’t been action taken to ban asbestos altogether, although many in Congress are saying that the EPA’s risk assessment is proof that further action is needed. They say that the agency has fallen far short of protecting people from lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other preventable asbestos-related diseases.

If you or a loved one has been affected by an asbestos-related disease, then you’re probably outraged by this story, as you should be. Those who mishandle asbestos and expose others to it should be held accountable. Since the government has failed to protect those who develop asbestos-related diseases, the time has come for those individuals to take action on their own. One of the best ways to find accountability is to pursue a lawsuit. Succeeding on one of these claims can damage a business’s reputation and hurt their bottom line in a big. It can also provide you and your family with the resources you need to focus on your health and the future.

Yet, these cases aren’t easy. They are oftentimes hotly contested, negotiated, and litigated. Therefore, to achieve the outcome that you want, you may want to consider whether you would benefit from the assistance of a qualified legal professional.