If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s likely you were exposed to asbestos at some point in your life. Prior to the asbestos regulations in the 1970s and 80s, workers in numerous industries, like construction and agriculture, were exposed to this hazardous material.
While you may have been unaware of the dangers at the time of exposure, that doesn’t mean you should have to face the consequences of your illness by yourself. In fact, you have the legal right to seek compensation from your employer if they caused your exposure. Taking legal action isn’t always easy, which is why it’s best to be represented by a Papa Aloa mesothelioma lawyer.
Laupahoehoe Sugar Company and Asbestos
As an unincorporated community with fewer than 800 people, Papa Aloa is a quiet area. In 1880, Theophilus H. Davies and William Lidgate formed a partnership and established the Laupahoehoe Sugar Company. At the beginning, the plantation employed 70 men, 50 mules, and 70 oxen.
As the years passed, the business grew, as did their employee roster. By 1918, 12 plantation camps housed 900 laborers. While working for the Laupahoehoe Sugar Company, there are a number of ways employees could have been exposed to asbestos.
While planting and harvesting sugar cane, it’s possible workers could have been exposed to asbestos if it was in the soil. There’s also a possibility they could have worked with vermiculite that was contaminated with asbestos. Vermiculite is used in animal feed, fertilizer, and pesticides.
In addition to exposure related to soil, workers could have also been exposed to asbestos inside the plantation’s buildings. Asbestos-containing products and building materials were used regularly because of the benefits with insulation and fire-resistance, which means that even being inside a building that was constructed with asbestos materials has the potential to result in exposure and illness.
Recover Compensation With Frost Law Firm, PC
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, treatment can be costly. You shouldn’t have to worry about your finances while trying to focus on your health. If you believe your mesothelioma was the result of asbestos exposure, our Hawaii mesothelioma attorneys can investigate your situation and determine who is to blame.
Because mesothelioma takes decades to develop, it’s likely you won’t be diagnosed until later in life. There’s also the chance that the company you worked for could be shut down. No matter what your situation is, we’ll determine who to hold responsible for your cancer, so you have the compensation you need to face what’s ahead. To learn more about filing a legal claim or other options that may be available to you, contact us today.