July 22, 2019

Asbestos

Mesothelioma Lawyers Handling Asbestos Exposure Claims in Hawaii

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals that can be found and mined in many places throughout the globe. However, asbestos is not naturally occurring in Hawaii. The six minerals are contained in two broad classes: serpentine and amphibole. Serpentine contains chrysotile. amphibole contains amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. Although all are human carcinogens, the amphibole class is significantly more potent.

Asbestos FibersIn North America, asbestos was used commercially beginning in the 1800s, though its use became much more significant during World War II. The heavy usage continued through the late 20th century.

Asbestos was valued for its fire retardant, sound resistant and tensile strength properties. Although as early as the turn of the 20th century the health risks of asbestos were being discovered, its usage continued well after the well-defined health risks were identified. These risks include:

  • Mesothelioma – the most well known disease associated with asbestos exposure killed almost 80 people in Hawaii between 1979 and 1999.
  • Asbestosis – a condition almost as deadly as mesothelioma killed almost 60 people in Hawaii during the same period.
  • Lung Cancer – asbestosis and asbestos exposure have been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer and other upper respiratory conditions.
  • Asbestos Warts – when asbestos fibers become lodged in the skin, a benign callus can form over the fiber.
  • Pleural Plaques – the precursor to thickening that can result in asbestosis and mesothelioma, fibrous growths occur on the pleural wall.
  • Pleural Thickening – can cause breathing impairment and often leads to or is associated with asbestosis.

Even today, after the health risks associated with asbestos are well outlined, the United States government has failed to ban the use of asbestos. Although severely limited in use, even these small exposures to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma and other conditions.

Our Hawaii mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to bringing to light the major concerns associated with asbestos use. If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma or another asbestos related condition, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced Hawaii mesothelioma lawyers today by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) for your free case evaluation.