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Asbestos is a fibrous member of the silicate family that has long been recognized for its extraordinary ability to resist heat, flame, chemicals, and electricity. Although it was popular in ancient Greece and Rome, it did not regain widespread use until the Industrial Revolution. Because of its durability and insulating abilities, the 20th century saw asbestos used in everything from wall insulation and roofing tiles to automotive brake pads.

Asbestos, Mesothelioma, and Disease

In the 1950s, a team of doctors and researchers in South Africa found a cancer that was almost always caused by asbestos. This cancer became known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can attack the lining of the lungs, heart, abdomen, and even testes before aggressively spreading to other areas of the body. Besides mesothelioma, people exposed to asbestos also have a higher rate of lung and gastrointestinal cancers. It can also cause the lung disease asbestosis.

However, it was not until the 1970s that the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, recognized asbestos as posing a danger to humans. Still, it was not until 1989 that the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out rule came into effect. This legislation severely limits and regulates the use of asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure and Litigation

You do not have to work directly with asbestos to absorb these dangerous fibers. Older buildings, including schools, may still contain asbestos in insulation or ceiling tiles. As these structures age, they can release asbestos fibers into the environment.

Many people have participated in the mass tort litigation against large corporations responsible for covering up the dangers of asbestos and continuing to produce asbestos-laden products. It is important that victims of asbestos exposure fight for the financial compensation they deserve.

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