Puerto Rico was once known for its agriculture and up until the 1940s its economy primarily depended on plantation sugar production. However, agriculture has since taken a back seat to industry as Puerto Rico’s main source of income. With industry as its leading source of income, the island has been affected by asbestos exposure, just as most every other state in the U.S.
Important Asbestos Industries in Puerto Rico
Some of the most profitable asbestos industries in Puerto Rico include:
- Processed foods
Up until the 1980s, asbestos could be found in textiles and clothing materials.
Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is extremely durable and resistant to heat and fire. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos was heavily used in almost every industry.
Asbestos in its natural state is not harmful, however, when it is broken down or disturbed, which occurs in the industrial process, the strands of durable fibers separate and form a toxic dust that if inhaled can lead to the development of fatal diseases such as mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos?
If so, contact mesothelioma centers to speak with an experienced Puerto Rico asbestos attorney who will help you understand your legal options and will help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, treatment options, lost wages and even emotional pain and suffering.