We are pleased and proud to announce that our colleague and friend Attorney Katherine Gatti Rooks has been appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge by the Workers’ Compensation Board for the State of Maine. Judge Gatti Rooks will be presiding in formal hearings from the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Lewiston Regional Office once her transition from our offices has been completed.  The State of Maine is fortunate to have the skills and talents Kate will bring to the bench.  

Asbestos Related Illness

Asbestos use began in the late 19th and early 20th century especially in the construction and shipbuilding industries because it was an excellent fire retardant and has high electrical resistance. In the era of steam-propelled warships, asbestos was the common insulating material used to cover pipes, pieces of machinery and in boiler spaces. It was also commercially used in paper mills and in industrial construction because it was inexpensive and easy to use.

Unfortunately, problems with asbestos arise when the fibers or asbestos dust becomes airborne and the fibers are ingested or inhaled. The Injured Workers’ Legal Center has years of experience representing workers who have been exposed to asbestos and been diagnosed with: asbestosis; mesothelioma and lung cancer. 

Asbestosis is a lung disease, which creates a scarring of the lungs from the asbestos fibers that can become so severe it prevents the lungs from working. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial lining of the lungs and chest, abdominal or pericardium linings. Cancer of the lung can happen to individuals exposed to asbestos but for those individuals who both smoke and have had asbestos exposure the risk of disease is magnified.

Asbestos related disease often does not materialize for 20-40 years after exposure. The IWLC represents workers long since retired from the job sites where the exposure happened as well as the spouses and children who were indirectly exposed to the asbestos-covered clothing of their family laborer. Our firm has secured Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for our clients from Asbestos manufacturers and equipment makers who required asbestos products in the installation and use of their products.

Early attorney involvement is essential given the latency and complexity of asbestos claims. We always provide free consultation on asbestos claims and operate on a contingency fee basis. The client pays nothing until the claim is successful and recoveries are obtained.   We have successfully pursued claims against many asbestos manufacturers who have been required by law to establish more than 3 billion dollars in funds to pay to victims of asbestos related disease.

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