June 13, 2009

Can I have some asbestos with that?

John Grisham had published a few books which specifically dealt with tort malfeasance and class action suits, among other. The title of the books, among others, are : The Rainmaker, which was about  an insurance claim; The Runaway Jury, about a giant tobacco company which was sued and then utilized a consultant  group which manipulated jury; and The King of Torts, about a guy who specialised in doing tort cases and signed up plaintiffs in order for him to represent them in various class action suits. Not all book was written by him. There was this book and film regarding Erin Brockovich (who was played by Julia Roberts in the film) in which the title character brought down a power company which had contaminated the drinking water of a town. Another bestseller book was A Civil Action, which had been turned into a movie , in which John Travolta acted as a lawyer, who fought a company which dump toxic waste and affected a whole town.

All these are tort and class actions cases. Some are fictionalized and some are true. Those movies and books I mentioned are just some which had dealt with it. And now, one of the most dangerous tort which is being pursued by most legal advocates is the contamination by asbestos.
Asbestos is toxic. Anyone who inhale it can be infected with various diseases. These diseases can include malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos is so dangerous that a few countries have banned the use of it.

Why it can be found in a lot of construction of building is due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, together with its capability for sound absorption and tensile strength. Asbestos are what contractor and builder have used since the 19th century although it was discovered way earlier in ancient Greek. Due to being cheap and its effectiveness in being a fire retardant, it is popular as coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall joint compound. That is why it is everywhere and there are nearly more than 100,000 people who have been affected by it and have died or will die from it.

Have any of your love one been diagnosed by it? If you do need consultation, why don't you try this link - Mesothelioma Lawyers which are collecting as many plaintiff as possible to make a strong case. Unlike in Malaysia where class action suit is very rare, in the United States, the case became stronger if there are enough plaintiffs to build up the case. It is good that a group of lawyers can ban together to fight for a good cause. My advice is to use it to your advantage...

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2 comments:

Ratty said...

I remember when they were removing asbestos from all of the older buildings here. Asbestos was one of the main subjects on the news for years. They pay workers a lot of money to do the job of removing the stuff because of the risk of their shortened lifespan.

kruel74 said...

They still have problems on this issue as the people affected still need the treatments

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