Although asbestos has been absent from drilling mud and other products used on offshore and land-based oil drilling rigs in Alabama and other Gulf of Mexico states since the late 1980s, many former rig workers are only now beginning to experience its toxic—and often deadly—effects. The Mobile, Alabama, personal injury attorneys at Long & Long are actively investigating and litigating claims on behalf of oil rig workers who were exposed to asbestos while on the job. If you or a loved one suffered health problems that you believe may be related to workplace contact with asbestos, it’s critical to consult with an attorney experienced in asbestos-related claims to protect your legal rights and help you pursue compensation for your condition. From the 1960s through 1989, asbestos was a popular additive to drilling mud. Asbestos was also an ingredient in many of the pumps, gaskets, insulation material and packing substances used on drilling rigs. The hazardous effects of asbestos, however, can take decades to become evident. The most common medical problems caused by asbestos are:
- Asbestosis: A severe breathing disorder that is the result of a buildup of asbestos fibers in the lungs; symptoms include respiratory problems, chest pain, coughing and lung tissue scarring
- Lung cancer: Cancer that forms in the lungs and can be caused by the repetitive inhalation of asbestos particles
- Mesothelioma: A type of cancer that targets the mesothelium, the tissue layer that covers numerous vital organs
If you or a family member developed asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma after working on a drilling rig between the 1960s and 1980s, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, asbestos attorneys at Long & Long for your no-cost case evaluation.