for workers with mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) over the past
twenty five years have uncovered internal company documents that
show a disturbing pattern of negligent conduct that disregarded
the health and safety of American workers. The companies implicated
in these documents include many of the largest in America, including:
Exxon, Dow, Union Carbide, DuPont, Bendix (now Honeywell), Johns
Mansville, WR Grace, Halliburton, National Gypsum, Owens-Corning,
General Motors, General Electric and Ford.
After a lawsuit is filed, companies are often forced to reveal
sensitive (and sometimes highly damaging) paperwork that helps
the victims prove their claims. The documents uncovered from
asbestos manufacturers files implicate them in the deaths of
thousands of asbestos workers. Attorneys for victims usually
win- and win big when these papers are shown to a jury.
According to the documents the dangers of asbestos were widely
known as early as the 1930s, but it is virtually certain that
the asbestos industry was fully aware of the health risks in
the 1950s and 1960s and yet left workers on the job with no health
or protective equipment. In one court case after another, the
companies have been found guilty of:
1) Exposing workers to deadly effects of asbestos.
2) Employing workers with full knowledge that asbestos would
kill or injure them.
3) Actively concealing the knowledge and health risks from the
Since asbestos diseases are latent and often take decades to
appear, the companies were able to avoid responsibility until
the 1980s, when the science became very well known and workers
started dying in numbers to great for society to ignore.
A 1964 medical
report at a prominent manufacturing company (Phillip Carey):
is an irrefutable association between asbestos and cancer. This
association has been established for cancer of the lung and for
In 1973 the Asbestos Textile Institute predicted that 25,000
workers would die of asbestos related diseases, but noted: "...the good news
is that despite all the negative articles on asbestos health
that have appeared in the press.. very few people have been paying
Johns-Manville- the largest asbestos maker revealed this memo
from its medical director who wrote: "...this disease is irreversible
and permanent so that eventually compensation will be paid to
each of these men. But, as long as the man is not disabled it
is felt he should not be told of his condition so he can live
and work in peace an the company can benefit by his many years
of experience." (Quoted in the book Outrageous Misconduct by Paul Brodeur)
A memo uncovered by attorneys from a Honeywell predecessor company
called Bendix remarked: "..if you have enjoyed a good life while working
with asbestos products, why not die from it." (1966)
An Exxon Memo advised: "Not only are we violating the existing regulations
concerning clothing by not providing such clothing and laundering
it, but we are also failing to protect our employees and the
families of our employees from asbestos exposure." The significance of this
memo lies in the recognition of the risks being posed to the
workers families from the deadly fibers brought home on clothing.
Thousands of documents of the character quoted above have been
uncovered and show the blatant disregard many of the largest
corporations had for worker and public safety. Once the companies
were aware of the risks of asbestos cancer they made no effort
to protect workers through adoption of safety standards, or the
use of safer products. Tens of thousands of people have died
and thousands more will be diagnosed with fatal cancer from these
Get Justice if you have been diagnosed.
Attorneys can help you identify the source of the asbestos exposure
(even if you are unsure of where it occurred), determine the
companies responsible (each claim usually involves many defendants
in the region or industry associated with the victim) and help
you collect a large settlement, potentially millions of dollars.
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