Rubber workers have unknowingly faced a number of hazards in the workplace. Exposure to toxic substances without adequate information or protection continued for decades. Many products used in the production of rubber and tires contained asbestos which can cause mesothelioma all the way down to protective gear. Additionally, solvents such as benzene are used in quantity during the manufacturing process. Inhaling solvents or absorption through the skin places workers at increased risk of developing a number of different cancers.
Major tire manufacturers were informed in 1980 that their employees were becoming ill because of exposure to dangerous toxins and did not implement effective safeguards. Their lack of concern and failure to act, left many dealing with life threatening injuries.
If you have lost a loved one or have been diagnosed with an illness resulting from exposure to a toxic substance, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that resulted from the harm caused.
Cancer Causing Exposure
Asbestos is so dangerous that some family members of workers have contracted mesothelioma because of second-hand exposure. This can happen due to asbestos fibers being carried home on clothing.
Other dangerous substances standardly used include nitrosamines and dry compounds. Fumes given off by tires and barrels of various solvents, especially benzene, can result in the development of a number of serious illnesses including:
- Blood cancers
- Aplastic Anemia, Leukemia (over-creation of white blood cells)
- Lymphomas (cancer originating in the lymphatic system)
- Multiple Myeloma (tumors arising in bone marrow
- Bladder cancer
- Lung cancer
These cancers may develop in less than a year or take as long as four decades to appear. A West Virginia personal injury attorney at our firm has the resources, experience and commitment to prove liability in a personal injury claim against a company of any size.