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Can you sue if you are harmed by asbestos in your home?

Most Americans believe that asbestos in home building materials is a thing of the past. It is. However, if you live in a home that was built before 1975, chances are that it contains some asbestos. Asbestos was used in materials like floor and ceiling tiles, insulation and flooring glues.

Why was asbestos used?

These days, all you hear about asbestos is how dangerous it is, and with good reason. It can lead to an aggressive and often fatal cancer known as mesothelioma. Even in less drastic cases, it leads to serious respiratory issues. It's been banned for a reason, and it's not something to take lightly.

Military asbestos exposure: what you need to know

The men and women (enlisted personnel and officers alike) sacrifice much in pursuit of protecting our country's freedoms. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard face long stretches of time away from their loved ones, deployment to active war zones or combat sites, brutal conditions, physical harm and more.

Identifying asbestos: What does it look like?

Those with older homes often live in fear that they have asbestos-based products in the home. They've heard about how it's no longer produced or used in the United States because of strong links to cancer and respiratory diseases. But they also know that builders used it for decades before this became clear, and all homes and commercial buildings weren't automatically fixed when it was outlawed.

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.

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