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Recognizing the dangers of asbestos

Since the late 1800's and during a boom in the World War II era, asbestos was used throughout the United States in a variety of industries. Its fibers are thin and durable, and the material is resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, and the material does not conduct electricity.

It was used for everything from strengthening cement to insulation, roofing and fireproofing. It could be found in flooring tiles, vehicle brake shoes, and in paint and plastics. In the 1970's however, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission determined that during use, the fibers could be released into the air and inhaled. It wasn't until 1989 however when the United States Environmental Protection Agency banned all new uses of asbestos. It did however, still allow uses developed before 1989.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services determined that asbestos was a known human carcinogen, meaning that it can cause cancer. Since its rapid increase in usage in the 1940's, millions of Americans, including many from the Kanawha, West Virginia, area, have been exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is the most common cancer caused from asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, the impact of asbestos exposure is not always immediately known. It could take years or even decades for someone to start to recognize that they have a problem. If you have been exposed to asbestos and now suffer from mesothelioma, or had a family member die from the disease, you may want to speak with a lawyer familiar with wrongful death to see whether you could be entitled to compensation for your illness.

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