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A recent hearing has given permission for claimants to pursue General Motors (GM) for asbestos-related recoveries. This could end up costing GM billions of dollars not counting future claims which will end up costing GM even more. GM is said to have used asbestos in the manufacturing of brake lining in the past but due to the latency period workers are now showing signs of asbestos-related illnesses. In general, workers who are exposure to asbestos have worked directly with asbestos or have repaired or handled something that has asbestos in it
During the Industrial Revolution, millions of factory workers in various industries were involved in working under unhealthy conditions. As most of the industries were involved in building things ranging from cars to construction materials it also resulted in exposure to harmful gases and fibers like asbestos. Some industries were responsible for serious health hazards among their employees. However, by the 19th century, people become aware that cancerous disease like mesothelioma was caused due to exposure to asbestos at workplace.
Year after year, about 2,000 people die or come down with an asbestos related illness because of the crimes of asbestos producers and asbestos-exposure related cancers. Those who been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma cancer, may be legally entitled to compensation. Recently, asbestos cancer lawsuits have assisted many by having them get monetary assistance to help with medical cost and lost revenue.
During the period from the 1930s through to the 1970s, the US military depended heavily on the use of asbestos for many of their equipments. This was due to the many qualities of asbestos. Asbestos provided them with one material that was readily available, cheap, flexible and had high thermal resistance. As a result, it was utilized in many cases where there was a need for providing insulation without compromising weight. Many applications of asbestos within the military during that era ranged from insulating pipes, making ducting, clutches, boiler insulation and airplanes. In fact, studies show that the military used asbestos in over 250 different products.
Mesothelioma cancer is an illness that causes cancerous tumors to grow in the mesothelium which is the thin lining that surrounds internal organs in the body. The certain kinds of mesothelioma are named after the tissue where the tumors started. For example Pleural mesothelioma cancer begins in the chest in the pleura which surrounds the lungs.