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Woman looks for ex-colleagues after mesothelioma diagnosis

Like many others before her, a woman in her late 50s has learned that she has developed mesothelioma despite not being exposed to it for decades. The woman, who was diagnosed nearly a year ago, worked as a teenager in factories that manufactured paper filters for cigarettes.

The manufacturing process involved a coating that the woman believed to contain asbestos fibers. She remembers often being covered in a fine black-colored dust during the course of her job and likely inhaled or otherwise absorbed some of the substance.

After leaving the cigarette filter factory, the woman worked at another manufacturer that may have used asbestos as an insulator for its electrical equipment. The woman left that job in 1976 and says now that she had no idea at the time that she might be exposing herself to danger.

Now a grandmother of three, the woman is appealing to her former co-workers to come forward to help her determine exactly what kinds of materials that were being used. She has since lost touch with the people she worked with nearly 40 years ago and is curious to learn if they have suffered similar fates with their health.

Workers in Madison County who have contracted mesothelioma as a result of an employer's negligence may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them file a personal injury claim for damages if they so choose. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses can be devastating to families, and any compensation that is available can help ease some of the burdens that they impose.

Source: The Shields Gazette, "Ex-factory girl's asbestos plea," March 5, 2013

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