The dangers of asbestos exposure have been known for more than a century, and though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows trace amounts of asbestos in consumer products, asbestos itself has largely been phased out of industrial use over the past few decades. Yet because its side-effects—especially mesothelioma, a rare and devastating form of cancer—can take tens of years to become evident, asbestos continues to remind of its deadly risks. Recently, the family of Hall of Fame football player and actor Merlin Olsen settled a lawsuit with a number of asbestos companies allegedly responsible for the mesothelioma that claimed Olsen’s life in 2010. Olsen and his family argued the former defensive tackle for the Rams developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at construction sites he worked at as a youth. On the heels of that undisclosed settlement came the $43 million settlement approved by a Montana judge for nearly 2,000 asbestos victims, who were made ill by asbestos dust released from a vermiculite mine near Libby, Mont. In Alabama, there have been a number of job sites were asbestos was prevalent. Recently, many states, including Alabama, have seen an increase in the number of health problems related to asbestos exposure through the drilling mud used on land-based and offshore oil drilling rigs. If you or a family member worked with asbestos-based drilling mud during the 1960s through the 1980s and suffer from asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, asbestos exposure attorneys at Long & Long for your free case evaluation.