If you are suffering from mesothelioma and are wondering who’s at fault, you’ve come to the right place.
Some of the largest corporations in the country are responsible for the epidemic of asbestos-related disease and deaths. The truth about what these companies knew finally came out because of the work of Baron & Budd and other tenacious trial attorneys.
Although asbestos manufacturers knew about the risk of asbestos exposure for decades, they tried very hard to keep that information private. Some companies paid for scientific research but claimed ownership of it to prevent its publication. Some “requested” that any information on the hazards of asbestos be kept confidential and not published. Others decided to take what one called an “ostrich-like attitude”—choosing to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the risks their products could pose.
The asbestos companies knew their products caused cancer yet purposefully hid the truth from anyone and anything that would have diminished their profits.
More than a hundred years ago, asbestos was recognized as a cause of death and disease among workers. In 1898, British factory inspectors recognized that asbestos exposure was a health risk for workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 1918 an “unusually high death rate” among asbestos workers. And in the 1920s, scientists were paying increased attention to asbestosis, the disease named for the mineral that causes it. In 1930, two scientists, Drs. Merewether and Price, published an historic report on the asbestos textile industry and found a “definite occupational risk among asbestos workers as a class.”
In the 1930s, scientists began to connect asbestos and cancer. Lung cancer was identified as an occupational disease of asbestos workers in 1938. And by 1945, it was accepted by medical and scientific communities around the globe that asbestos is a carcinogen. The link between asbestos and mesothelioma, a devastating and aggressive asbestos-related cancer, was reported in 1960. Finally, in 1964, Dr. Irving Selikoff presented a now famous study of insulators at a well-attended and widely publicized conference in New York City.
Asbestos exposure was not an accident then and it is not an accident now.
*While this timeline is meant to illustrate the depth and length of the asbestos cover-up, it is by no means a comprehensive display of the evidence that Baron and Budd has collected.