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The History of Asbestos-Related Diseases

Asbestosis Lawyers in NJ

Asbestos has been in use in the United States since the early 1900s.

Many would be shocked to learn that asbestos companies actually possessed information concerning the hazards of asbestos as far back as the 1920s and 1930s. By that time, a number of articles had appeared in published medical literature, which described various lung conditions attributable to asbestos exposure.

In the 1940s, companies within the asbestos industry began to conduct their own studies to determine how likely their products were to cause workers injury.

History of Asbestos Diseases Uncovered Decades Ago

Asbestosis lawyers have discovered documents dating back to the early 1900s that clearly express the dangers of asbestos exposure. In fact, lawyers from our firm were some of the first to discover these documents, which make it clear that by the 1940s, certain members of the asbestos industry were well aware that the product was a major health hazard.

The documents compiled by Wilentz lawyers demonstrate that it was in the 1940s that certain asbestos companies first began to conspire to conceal their knowledge of the dangers of asbestos products. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of American workers continued to be exposed to the deadly effects of asbestos.

Historical records outline two separate timelines during which knowledge of asbestos dangers were tracked. Records contained in published medical literature and industry documents were each discovered during the course of asbestos litigation. You can view each timeline separately:

If you are suffering with symptoms of any asbestos-related disease from working in an environment that contained asbestos products, contact us today. Our asbestos lawyers have the research and resources available to help you file a claim and represent you.

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