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Asbestos

Asbestos Attorney in Indiana, Indianapolis Serving Victims of Mesothelioma

Dedicated Legal Representation for Asbestos-Based Claims

Asbestos, although a naturally occurring mineral in the environment, was historically harvested and used in a variety of industries, most notably for insulation and roofing in building and construction, but also in the automotive industry and in paints and plastics. Although banned for use in some capacities starting in the 1970s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still permits its use in some capacities, unfortunately allowing the public—especially those who work with the toxic substance on a regular basis, such as careers in building demolition or renovation—to be exposed and potentially develop asbestos-related illness, such as mesothelioma.

At the Throneberry Law Group, we serve victims of asbestos exposure in a legal capacity, while also providing them with any assistance possible in ensuring that they receive the treatment that they need. As attorneys who have dealt with mesothelioma diagnoses in our own families, we know the ins and outs of the various health and legal issues like no one else. Although based in Indianapolis, we work all throughout Indiana (and in various other areas of the country, such as Arizona and Missouri) to help our clients overcome the tremendous emotional and financial challenges associated with a mesothelioma or asbestosis diagnosis, allowing them to move forward with their life with peace of mind.

Exposure & Regulations

Asbestos exposure becomes dangerous when asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air, eventually being inhaled or ingested by anyone present nearby. These fibers can become lodged in the lungs, esophagus, etc., remaining there over time and leading to scarring of the tissues surrounding the lungs and/or the organs in the abdomen or heart, sometimes leading to the development of tumors and, eventually, cancer, or asbestosis, another inflammatory condition that makes it difficult for those who suffer from it to breathe, eventually leading to more significant lung damage.

Although the EPA regulates the use of asbestos—including providing for inspections to test for the presence of damaged asbestos and ways to eliminate or reduce exposure to people who work or live in close proximity to it, including children’s exposure in schools. The agency also tests to evaluate the risk to consumers from products that could expose them to asbestos. Studies have shown that those who become ill from asbestos were exposed to it on a fairly regular basis, hence occupational exposure risks. Specifically, some of those trades with high levels of exposure have included:

· Navy/shipyards;
· Mills;
· Mines;
· Construction/demolition/insulation/roofing (and related jobs, such as firefighting);
· Automotive/brake pads;

Regardless, there is no safe level of exposure when it comes to asbestos, so really, anyone can face the repercussions, especially those who were involved with asbestos when it was heavily in use (World War II navy veterans, for example), and those more currently involved with building demolition and renovation, as well as rescue and cleanup work related to buildings (such as those involved in helping after the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center).

We Are Here For You

At the Throneberry Law Group, we know what you are going through at this time. As a law firm that dedicates 100 percent of our resources to serving victims of asbestos exposure, and having dealt with mesothelioma diagnoses in our family, we are prepared for fight for you. Contact us today and we will ensure that you move forward protected.