Law Office Of William F Underwood - September 2019

MIRACULOUS AND MALICIOUS Asbestos Prompts the Most Famous and Widespread Mass Tort Case in History

Asbestos was the “miracle mineral,” and its composition made it vital to numerous industries. Because it was durable and fireproof, it was used across automobile, construction, manufacturing, power,

One of the first and most famous of these cases was that of James Cavett, a retired boilermaker with the insulation company Johns Manville. In 1982, Cavett was awarded $2.3 million in compensatory

and chemical industries, according to the Mesothelioma Center. Workers across the U.S. began more prevalently using asbestos during the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, but workers have been using this natural compound since the Stone Age. The first indication of asbestos danger was recorded in the late 1800s, when lung conditions were reported among an Austrian doctor’s patients. By the 1970s, the increasing demand for

damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages for medical and financial complications. Records show Johns Manville hid evidence of the harmful effects of asbestos from workers and consumers for years. Later, along with dozens of other companies that regularly used asbestos, Johns Manville filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Today, lawsuits are still being filed on behalf of workers who were forced to handle a dangerous material. The

asbestos slowed as more medical professionals preached the hazards of the once-popular “miracle mineral.” Workers who were exposed to it primarily suffered from lung conditions, like mesothelioma: a tumor in the tissue of the lungs, heart, and other organs. Starting in the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of claims were filed on behalf of workers who were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos, despite decades of scientific findings proving the materials were hazardous and deadly. More than $6 billion was given to patients, but lawsuits continue to pour into the legal system every day.

Environmental Protection Agency recently tightened its regulations on asbestos testing and legality, too, in an attempt to rid the market of the malicious mineral. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, the legal experts at The Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can guide you to proper legal aid through our network of mass tort legal professionals. Learn more about our active mass tort cases, including compensation for hernia mesh, talcum powder, and 3M earplug victims, online at or call 229-888-0888. We Value You! At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., the trust we build with our clients is our most valuable asset. To show our appreciation, we would like to thank the following clients who have referred others to us since our August newsletter: Jacqueline Hardrick, Martha Craft, Innocence Davis, Pastor Bernard Johnson, and Valerie Willard. Your recommendation is greatly treasured by everyone at our office. Clients can also leave their comments on our services through Google reviews ! These statements give us critical feedback and help other clients facing stressful life situations to find a dependable lawyer. Previous and current clients can also receive free notary services at our office. Learn more about this service by giving us a call at 229-888-0888.

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