continue to be filed in courts across the United States – even though
most plaintiffs' asbestos exposure occurred 20, 30 and even 40 years
ago. Unfortunately, there are many people who were exposed to
asbestos-containing products who develop asbestosis, mesothelioma or
lung cancer that don't really understand what asbestos is and what
injuries continue to be reported.
Asbestos Lawsuits: What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other
metal ions. Asbestos was used as insulator for many years because its
fibers are strong, flexible and will not burn. The three most common
varieties of asbestos fibers are chrysolite, amosite and crocidolite.
When asbestos fibers are mixed with other materials, it produces what
is known as an asbestos containing material (ACM). ACM was used by the
construction industry in sealants, cement pipe, wall insulation, pipe
insulation and ceiling panels. It was also used by the U.S. Navy,
automobile industry, railroad industry, shipping industry – and even
NASA used it to insulate the Space Shuttle.