Asbestos is a strong, incombustible, naturally occurring fibrous and silicate mineral used widely in insulation and manufacturing industry. It has great strength, chemical and thermal stability. Three types of asbestos found are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. Manufacturing processes leave behind small and buoyant fibers near chemical factories using asbestos. Workers are constantly exposed to such wastes and constantly inhale or swallow these near invisible fibers. A number of serious diseases are caused by inhaling these fibers such as mesothelioma and other kinds of chronic lung diseases.
Mesothelioma is defined as a type of cancer that affects mesothelial cells that are found in linings of internal organs in the human body. A doctor who was conducting an autopsy for lung disfiguration accidentally discovered presence of these fibers. Initial diagnosis paved the way for further research by other doctors leading to discovery of this dreadful disease. This disease was mainly diagnosed in factory workers and miners and factory owners were held responsible for failing to detect its harmful effects.
Asbestos has now been identified as a hazardous substance that endangers human health. Numerous legal provisions have been incorporated to protect interests of workers. America has not banned asbestos completely but has laid down guidelines and laws to protect workers from being afflicted by such diseases. Mesothelioma is not detected in its earlier stages and is diagnosed only in its later stages. This makes it increasingly difficult for law firms to prove their case in spite of prescribed government guidelines.
Workers now have the right to take their factory to court and file a case against them with help of asbestos attorneys who specialize in these kinds of court cases. Such lawyers could be attached to a specific law firm or may operate on their own. They often have the expertise and background knowledge of all such asbestos related cases and are in a better position to fight these cases in the court of law than ordinary lawyers. Dedicated teams of lawyers work together to protect the rights of the affected people and help in securing necessary compensation. These attorneys apply different litigation techniques to fight such cases in the court of law.