Does your home contain asbestos, asks Cooney & Conway Mesothelioma Firm?

08/22/2013 // Chicago, IL, USA // Cooney & Conway // Jessica McNeil // (press release)
(Cooney & Conway Mesothelioma Firm News) Asbestos still lurks in many places in the United States today, despite the fact that it was largely phased out and banned from the manufacturing of most products in 1989. Your home, if constructed between the years of 1930 and 1980, could be insulated by asbestos. Asbestos may even be found in drywall, shingles, vinyl floor tiles, paint, and caulk.

Even more surprising to many people is the fact that new asbestos-containing products are still being marketed today, in spite of our knowledge of the serious health risks of asbestos exposure such as mesothelioma or lung cancer report Cooney & Conway’s lawyers for asbestos exposure. Current regulations allow asbestos to be used in the manufacturing of new products if those products contain below one percent asbestos.

While knowledge of the health risks of asbestos first surfaced in the early 1900s, the public was not readily informed of the health dangers linked to asbestos exposure until the 1980s as medical evidence piled up linking asbestos exposure to deadly diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Through the scientific research and efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the previously referred-to 1989 phase-out occurred. However, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the asbestos ban and phase-out regulations in 1991, despite the known information about health risks of asbestos exposure.

Modern day manufacturing of asbestos-containing items is more common than many people may realize. In fact, a recent United States Geological Survey reveals that asbestos consumption in the U.S. had increased by 13% from 2010 to 2011. Alarmingly, items that still contain asbestos today do not always come with warning labels (they are only required to be labeled if they contain more than the one percent allowed by law). Wallboard, brake pads, roofing materials, cement piping, and potting soil are just a few of the products today that may still contain asbestos.

For questions regarding your rights after exposure, contact the mesothelioma lawyers helping asbestos cases since 1958.

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