The negative medical effects of asbestos have been well-documented for a long period of time. The links between asbestos and mesothelioma and lung cancer are clearly established, and over 60 countries have banned the use of the substance outright. Health concerns have certainly reduced the use of asbestos in America, but it still exists in older buildings and structures, which means that the risks of exposure remain very real for many Americans. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert asbestos attorney at 617-787-3700.
The Environmental Protection Agency, backed by President Donald Trump, has recently authored a new policy that may mean asbestos will make a sharp comeback in the United States. The policy reportedly will approve the use of asbestos in roof coatings, sealants, adhesives, millboard, and other unspecified building products.
Since the 1970’s, the use of asbestos has been denounced by scientists and medical professionals, citing its established links with deadly cancers. Asbestos reportedly kills roughly 15,000 Americans every year, and that is with its limited use. If American manufacturers do intent to use asbestos in their products, that number could certainly rise.
It is entirely possible, however, that American firms will not want to import the material at all. Because of the known risks, these firms would be opening themselves up to potential lawsuits, which could cost them enormously financially. There have reportedly been 100 asbestos-using firms that are now bankrupt, at least some of it due to notoriety for using the substance.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert asbestos injury attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!