Asbestos is a heat-, fire-, and chemical-resistant material composed of six different minerals. These minerals occur in nature as bundles of fibers, which can be separated into individual threads that are as durable as they are versatile.
Because asbestos is fire-resistant and does not conduct electricity, it was widely used in various industries—until researchers discovered that long-term exposure to these fibers can be deadly. If you live in a house or work in a structure that was built before 1980, there is a decent chance that it contains at least some asbestos.
According to This Old House, asbestos was used to make all kinds of building materials, including:
- Glue; and
- Window caulking.
Fortunately, simply being in the presence of materials that contain asbestos is not hazardous. Danger arises when the materials get damaged and release fibers into the air. Thus, if there is asbestos in your home but it is in good condition, a safety inspector may simply advise you to leave it alone but to check it often for any signs of wear and tear.
Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can increase the risk of mesothelioma and other respiratory issues. In fact, these fibers are so potent that even secondary exposure is dangerous.
Sometimes, people who have been exposed to asbestos do not experience any health issues until decades later, which means filing an injury claim against the liable party can be challenging; however, it is not impossible. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you’re certain a negligent company or landlord is to blame, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC.
A compassionate Cedar Rapids injury lawyer from our firm will assess the circumstances of your case to determine if you have a valid claim. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation.
Can You File a Premises Liability Claim Following Asbestos Exposure?
According to The Mesothelioma Center, asbestos exposure in Iowa is a very real problem. Between 1999 and 2013, more than 400 people in Iowa died from mesothelioma or asbestos-related complications.
Contractors used asbestos to build both public and private buildings throughout the state, and natural disasters can cause enough damage to release the material’s fibers into the air. If you or someone you love is suffering as the result of exposure, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim or a products liability claim, depending on the circumstances of your case.
You might have a premises liability claim if a property owner failed to maintain the premises, resulting in the exposure and subsequent health concerns. You might have a product liability claim if you were exposed to defective products that contained asbestos.
If you are suffering from asbestos exposure and you want to hold the liable party accountable, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney in Cedar Rapids. You can learn more about personal injury claims in Iowa by visiting USAttorneys.com.