Asbestos Exposure: A Preventable Hazard

If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are not alone. Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. The cause of the disease is always asbestos exposure.

At Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, our lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping asbestos exposure victims bring asbestos companies to justice and get the compensation they need to lay a sound financial foundation for their families.

What Is Asbestos And How Was It Used?

Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occuring fibrous minerals. Asbestos fibers are too small to be seen without the aid of a microscope. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled or swallowed by people who are not even aware they have come into contact with it.

The unique chemical properties of asbestos make it durable, lightweight and resistant to heat and chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos was incorporated into a wide variety of industrial and commercial products including insulation, fireproofing, refractory and insulating cements, drywall joint compound, gaskets, automotive brakes and clutches, roofing materials and many others. These products were used in a variety of industrial settings such as chemical plants, oil refineries, shipyards, paper mills and textile mills. Unfortunately, asbestos also causes mesothelioma, an aggressive type of cancer, along with other respiratory conditions.

Asbestos exposure doesn't just impact those who handled or worked with the products. People who were exposed to asbestos at work may have inadvertently endangered their family members. It's easy to bring these particles home on clothing, hair and work supplies without even realizing it, thus exposing anyone with whom they come into contact.

If you worked at a jobsite where asbestos products were used, you or your loved ones may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Read more about known asbestos sites in South Carolina.

Asbestos Manufacturers Knew How Dangerous Their Product Was, But Kept Quiet

Working to support a family shouldn't require you to put your health at risk. Unfortunately, that was the case for many people.

Although many companies that used asbestos knew about the harm caused by asbestos exposure for years, they chose to keep it a secret from the American public for fear of being required to compensate former workers. That was cowardly and it was wrong. We are proud to hold them liable for putting profits above lives.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, mesothelioma or another disease caused by exposure to asbestos or asbestos products, you have legal rights. Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman will help you hold those who caused your illness accountable for their bad acts and fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

We Will Help You Get Justice And Compensation

At Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, we have helped thousands of mesothelioma victims in their fight for rightful compensation. Our lawyers have extensive experience identifying asbestos exposure and have a respected network of experts who can provide valuable insight about the exposure and its impact on your life. We can help you.

To schedule a free consultation, call us at 866-594-8765 or contact us online. We have offices in Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Barnwell, South Carolina, and in Edwardsville, Illinois. If you work with us, your case will be handled on a contingency basis — you won't pay any fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf.