Colorado Springs Mesothelioma Attorney
Colorado Springs might be best known for its stunning scenery, the Air Force Academy, and asbestos poisoning. Asbestos was such a cheap and effective insulator that, for many years, companies in Colorado Springs and elsewhere ignored the known health risks and used this dangerous substance. 200,000 microscopic asbestos fibers can fit on a U.S. penny. Just one fiber could cause mesothelioma or another catastrophic illness that’s usually fatal.
These victims are entitled to substantial compensation, but these companies do not simply give it away. Instead, a tenacious Colorado Springs mesothelioma attorney from the Throneberry Law Group must fight for it. Most civil cases, including asbestos exposure cases, settle out of court. Our team knows the difference between negotiating a favorable settlement and taking the easy way out. So, before settlement negotiations begin, we diligently build a strong case that forces the defendant to accept full responsibility for the injuries it caused.Asbestos Hotspots in Colorado Springs
For many years, mining and manufacturing were the core of the economy in Colorado Springs. These activities helped the city prosper, but they also poisoned many Colorado Springs residents. Some major asbestos hotspots in the area include:
- Poole Construction Company: Before 1980, construction companies typically used chrysotile asbestos to insulate pipes and wires. This thin substance, which resembles several layers of tissue paper, quickly breaks down, releasing toxic fivers and dust into the air.
- Utilicorp: The Utilities Service Corporation, a natural gas company, is now Aquila. Natural gas pipelines are basically long, narrow fire hazards. Therefore, these companies often lined these pipes with asbestos. Pipelayers often did not wear sufficient PPE (personal protective equipment) when they worked with asbestos.
- Drive Train Industries: DTI and other auto parts manufacturers often made and sold asbestos-laced brake pads, clutches, and other parts that must withstand considerable heat and/or friction. In fact, before about 1970, some DTI parts were almost pure asbestos, putting the people who made and worked with these parts at risk.
Other Colorado Springs asbestos hotspots include Centel Corporation, Colorado Springs Public Utilities, Nixon Power Plant, Hensel Phelps, and Schmidt Incinerators.
The people who worked at these facilities are at risk for the diseases outlined below. The people who lived with these workers are likewise at risk.Asbestos Exposure Illnesses
A Colorado Springs mesothelioma lawyer can obtain compensation for all forms of this disease. Pleural mesothelioma (lung cancer) is the most common form. If inhaled asbestos fibers settle between the heart and lungs, they often form tumors.
These tumors are difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat. Many doctors mistake mesothelioma for NSCLC (non-small cell lung cancer), a far more common and much less aggressive kind of cancer. NSCLC treatments don’t even slow pleural mesothelioma down. Furthermore, these tumors are in such precarious locations that many traditional treatments, such as high-dose radiation, are not a viable option.
Asbestosis is a related lung disease. As asbestos fibers pass through airways, they burn them and cause scar tissue. Most of these airways are about the width of the tip of a pencil. Therefore, even minimal scar tissue usually blocks them.
These victims struggle with various symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest tightening, that make everyday life almost unlivable.Work With a Hard-Hitting Colorado Mesothelioma Attorney
Direct and indirect asbestos exposure victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Colorado Springs mesothelioma lawyer, contact the Throneberry Law Group. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.