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Asbestos Cancer

Chod Law, LLC Representing Victims of Asbestos Related Illnesses

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been widely used across several industries for years. In North America, asbestos has been mined and used commercially since the late 1800s and became a popular construction material due to its resilient properties. It has been used in the shipbuilding industry to insulate boilers and steam pipes, in the automotive industry in brake shoes and clutch pads, in the railroad industry in various forms, and has even been used in paint materials, floor tiles and insulation.

But while asbestos was commonly used in the United States for centuries, it was found to pose a health risk for those exposed to the mineral. While intact, asbestos risks are not as threatening.  However, when the mineral is disturbed, its fibers are released into the air and unknowingly breathed into the respiratory system. The fibers then become lodged in the lungs and many years later can lead to serious asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma cancer.

What You Should Know about Asbestos

Even though the dangers associated with asbestos exposure have been well known for years, the mineral was used for decades across the world without second thought.  In the early 1900s industry began to suspect that certain health complications were directly related to asbestos.  By 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos. Although asbestos has been classified as a human carcinogen, to this day the United States remains one of a few developed countries that have yet to fully ban the use of all products containing some forms of asbestos.  Individuals who were employed in the shipbuilding industry, mining or milling industries, textile industry, railroad industry and construction industry have an increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases due to the prevalence of materials within these industries containing some form of asbestos.

In the United States manufacturers, sellers, distributors, and employers are under a legal duty to abide by safety standards including a duty to warn those using their products of any potential dangers. When a company and those in the chain of commerce fail to comply with applicable safety standards, they may be held liable for damages causally related to the diagnosed illnesses.  Likewise, employers who have knowledge of asbestos within a work environment must not only disclose this information to its workforce, but must ensure their workers are fully protected from exposure with adequate safety gear.

Asbestos exposure has been linked to the following medical conditions:

  • Asbestosis (An inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that causes shortness of breath, coughing and permanent tissue damage)
  • Pleural Plaque, Pleural Thickening and Pleural Effusions (Illnesses affecting the membranes lining the lungs and chest cavity)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma (A cancer of the membranes lining the chest and abdomen)
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer – and several others

The development of symptoms and the underlying illness can occur up to 40 years after exposure and the vast majority of asbestos-related illnesses are life-threatening, especially mesothelioma.  Those suffering from mesothelioma rarely live five (5) years past the date of diagnosis.

Compensation for Asbestos Victims

If you, a loved one or someone you know has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness or cancer, Chod Law, LLC has the experience and knowledge to investigate whether a potential legal claim for compensation exists. Chod Law, LLC is committed to helping individuals afflicted with these illnesses and to protect the rights of their family members.

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Jeff Chod was my lawyer in a suit against MRL in Missoula Montana.He
distinguished himself in a very professional manner. His hard work,
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~ Brian, Victor, MT
Changed my life

I met Mr. Chod in 2007. It was the best decision I have ever made to
hire him. I was injured and scared, and he did not know me, but gave
me confidence, told me to focus on getting better and he would take
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~ Tony, Amelia, OH
My experience was outstanding

As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
injury attorney, it has been my experience that good FELA attorneys are hard
to find. After having to fire my first attorney due to a very frustrating
experience, I found attorney Chod and from that point on, my experience
was nothing short of outstanding. Jeff treated me personally with
compassion as if I were his only client and understood completely
the seriousness of my injury. He fought a very long and
tough battle against a team of very high powered attorneys
with due diligence...

~ Todd, Wausau, WI
Railroad Incident

I hired Mr. Chod after I had an incident at a mine here in
Wyoming when I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and he did an excellent job of settling my case. Mr. Chod
worked well with myself and the doctors he talked to and
other railroad employees.

~ Connie, Douglas, WY
When you need a winner, he is your guy...

In September of 2014 I suffered a career ending injury at BNSF Railway. The RR choose to not do the right thing even though I continued to have faith in them. I talked to Jeff on a recommendation of a friend after many broken promises by BNSF. I had only done one thing wrong that night, and that was trusting BNSF to accurately train, and prepare a operator to safely work along side me. I talked with Jeff and he helped ease my mind and finally realize that the RR was not conducting themselves in my best interest or livelihood. My injuries physically were were permanent and the PTSD was overwhelming and learning to deal with it was life altering. Jeff worked tirelessly for me and my future well-being. He fought them like David and Goliath and we won.

~ Lisa, Memphis, TN
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