History & Usage of Asbestos

Our Asbestos Lawyers Fight for Exposure Victims

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Over the past century, it was mined extensively by countries such as Canada, Australia, Russia, China, Africa, and the United States in naturally occurring deposits. Thousands of different products found in the United States have contained various types of asbestos. Its use in the U.S. began in the mid-1800s and continued to be found in various products as late as the 1990s and into the 2000s because of its heat-resistance and unique strengthening qualities, as well as its resistance to electrical current.

Its uses have been widespread, and not solely limited to thermal insulation or industrial materials, asbestos was once found in various products ranging from clothing to brake linings, electrical panels, and roofing shingles.

Asbestos Exposure in the Workforce

Certain industries have seen more potential for asbestos exposure than others over the years. For example, nowhere was the use of asbestos more widespread than in American shipyards. Approximately 100,000 people in the United States have died, or will die, from asbestos exposure related to ship building.

By the mid-20th century asbestos uses included both industrial as well as household uses, including:

  • Fireproofing
  • Concrete
  • Firebricks
  • Pipes and insulating cement
  • Heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets,
  • Pipe insulation
  • Flooring
  • Roofing
  • Drywall joint compound

Thousands of tons of asbestos-containing materials were used in Navy ships to insulate pipes, pumps, valves, and boilers, and cover engine and turbine parts. There were approximately 4.3 million shipyard workers in the United States during WWII and for every 1,000 such workers, approximately 14 have been shown to have contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure. An unknown, but undoubtedly large number of these same workers have since passed away from progressive asbestosis.

Similarly, men and women who spent their careers working in the petrochemical industry (chemical plants and oil refineries), the power industry, the paper industry, metal refining and production, as well as in many other industrial areas, have needlessly been put at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

You Can Fight Back

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any asbestos-related illness, contact an asbestos lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Our firm brings years of collective experience and insight to our clients’ cases. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on their behalves and can put our practice to work for you today.

Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 for a free consultation.

You Deserve to
be Compensated

Call us at (877) 958-7920 or fill out the form to
inquire about your free consultation.

  • Please enter your name.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • VERSATILE

    While we are a boutique firm that provides attentive counsel to every client we work with, we have big firm resources that allow us to get the results our clients are seeking.

  • REPUTABLE

    Our firm is known for not backing down from a challenge. We have handled tough cases nationwide, and have earned a reputation for taking on and winning these cases.

  • DETERMINED

    As highly skilled litigators, we will go to battle on behalf of our clients. Our aggressive representation and ability to fight makes us a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.

  • ATTENTIVE

    No two individuals are going through the same exact situation. This is why we provide counsel that is customized to fit the unique needs and goals of every client we work with.

  • 2017 AAJ Leaders Forum Patron
  • American Justice
  • Million Dollar
  • Peer Review
  • Top Under 40
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  • Illinois Lawyers Association
  • Mass Torl
  • Texas Trial Lawyers