Again, our topic tonight
has been asbestos exposure and, as promised before the break, I wanted to ask Gregory a little bit
about how you go about filing a lawsuit and trying to recover a little bit of
money for medical expenses because I know that’s huge
for folks that are affected by this. Well, there’s a good thing with respect
to asbestos litigation these days because these litigations have been
going on for like 20 years now. A number of these companies went
into bankruptcy as far back as 1999 but they were able to set up trusts
that allow people who are essentially developing
asbestos-related diseases now, to simply bring these
claims within these trusts. Now, you know occasionally you can,
you can file an actual lawsuit but you don’t really need to
this much these days, okay. I mean the recovery
is essentially the same, I think, in the court system that you
would get out of the trust, okay. Did you … I thought.. Yeah, I did wanna talk
about a couple of things. Number one, I know because I’ve worked
with you and, about the screening. Tell our audience about
the screening process and are you currently, is your law firm
currently screening for this type of cases? Absolutely, we are. With respect to a person,
well if you would … Birmingham is really considered
a little Pittsburgh with respect to the number of workers who would have been exposed to
asbestos over the years, here in Birmingham, it’s pretty high, all right. We stopped screening many years ago
but we’re now screening again. What does that mean exactly? Screening? I’m sorry about that! Essentially, giving a person the
opportunity to bring a lawsuit or bring a claim before the trust. that, that, that involves a
complete work history that essentially tells you whether or not a person has been adequately
exposed to asbestos. And from there, we have a number
of people in our office who can work through the process
and bring these claims before these trusts or if it needs
to go through the legal system, we can actually
bring them in the court as well. And would that also include the family
members that we’ve heard from tonight, wives or children that, you know, their parents or husbands whatever
have been exposed to secondhand? It’s all about exposure, okay? Think of it along the lines of exposure:
your dad, your grandfather, whoever would have worked
in these mills around here and they would quite often
bring home asbestos. Asbestos was so widely used
back in the 30s and 40s and 50s that is essentially unavoidable. We’ve got a couple of callers,
but before we get to that I want to ask you; I think Edgar called, a caller,
just a moment ago, called about having some throat
scratching, that sort of thing. Not to suggest anything about Edgar,
but there are esophageal cancers. There is stomach cancers,
colon cancers that I understand can be associated
with asbestos exposure. Absolutely, yes. If you think about the workplace
back in the 50s and 60s, you know, not just inhaling
asbestos throughout the workplace but there’s a very good chance asbestos
would have gotten in your mouth. And you could have eaten lunch
and next thing you know, you’ve got an asbestos-related disease
in your gastrointestinal section. Are those compensable injuries? Absolutely, yes. Okay. It normally requires what’s called
an underlying and asbestotic diagnosis. That is, you go through
the usual process with the B reader or pulmonologist
and that person would draw a conclusion that that particular person would have
been exposed to asbestos at some point during his lifetime. Once you got that underlying
asbestos-related disease, you can, you can link it occasionally
to colon cancer, even kidney cancer, esophageal cancer just a host
of other cancers out there.