Flame retardant and durable, asbestos fibers were once used to make some decorative fabrics for use in curtains, tablecloths, dishtowels, and other common household textile items. Because it was incredibly versatile and would not burn, asbestos was considered the safest and most obvious choice for any product that might get hot or come into contact with heat or flame.
Prized by the ancient Greeks, asbestos saw its star rise in the early 20th century as industry found ever more uses for the "miracle fiber" that would not burn, rust or corrode. And as asbestos’s fortune rose, so did those of the manufacturers who made the countless asbestos products. However useful, asbestos was, and is, extremely dangerous. Once its microscopic spear-like fibers become airborne and are inhaled, they can cause serious damage to the internal organs. Asbestos has been linked to numerous asbestos related diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a rare but devastating and swift moving cancer that affects the lungs, abdomen, and in rare cases, the heart.
Companies that made products such as decorative asbestos fabrics knew for decades that their products caused mesothelioma cancer and other illnesses, but suppressed the information to keep their profits high. As a result, asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis have killed or incapacitated countless thousands of individuals exposed to asbestos.
The inclusion of asbestos in common household items such as decorative fabrics shows that anyone can be at risk of developing malignant mesothelioma, not just the workers who breathed in the deadly fibers on asbestos worksites.
A mesothelioma attorney may be able to help
If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may want to consider calling an attorney to discuss your legal options. Mesothelioma law has developed to help mesothelioma victims fight back against the companies that put them at risk. A qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you get the compensation that you and your family need and deserve.
Mesothelioma attorneys have helped thousands of mesothelioma patients win compensation for lost wages and medical costs.