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What Is The "Sophisticated User" Doctrine?

If you are a worker who became ill after exposure to asbestos, and if part of your legal case involves claims against a manufacturer of a product containing asbestos, you may hear of the "sophisticated user" doctrine. There's a possibility that the defendant manufacturer may try to show that because you are a professional who is familiar with the risks inherent in products containing asbestos, that they bore no responsibility to warn you of these dangers. In short, warning sophisticated users of the dangers of certain products would be akin to warning a blacksmith that fire is hot: it's simply not necessary.

Don't assume the asbestos risk is over

You likely know that the use of asbestos in building materials has been outlawed. It's been shown to cause cancer and other potentially fatal health conditions, such as chronic lung disease and digestive tract issues. Officials have cracked down and you're not going to buy any new materials containing asbestos in the United States.

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