Diagnosed With Mesothelioma? What is Asbestos? | Attorney Joe Williams

You or perhaps a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you’ve been told that mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. What is asbestos? Hi. I’m Joe Williams. I’m a mesothelioma trial attorney in New York City and I can answer this question. And to answer the question, the first thing I can tell you about asbestos is that it’s a mineral. And what that means is that it’s a rock and it’s a rock that was mined out of the ground primarily in South Africa and Canada.

Now there were other asbestos mines throughout the world but those were the two primary ones that we see in asbestos cases here in the United States. This mineral (this rock), asbestos, came to be known as “The Magic Mineral.” And the reason why asbestos came to be known as The Magic Mineral is for two very important properties that asbestos has. One, it’s a tremendous insulator. Asbestos fibers can’t be burned with a blowtorch, it can’t be destroyed. So it’s a perfect insulator. Two, asbestos has tremendous strength (tensile strength) and it was used in various products throughout the United States for those two properties: insulating and strength. And workers in industry various trades were exposed to asbestos from these asbestos fibers and they later in life contracted mesothelioma. Asbestos is an industrial toxin, a poison, a carcinogen that causes mesothelioma. And I’m sure you have many more questions about asbestos and the different properties of asbestos, as well as mesothelioma. And we can answer your questions. You should pick up the phone and call the number listed on the screen below (that’s my officer number).

I’m Joe Williams and we handle these cases every day for victims of mesothelioma. This is what we do every day. I hope you found this video informative. Thank you for listening..