The Eastman Kodak Company (also called simply “Kodak” by the public) was well known worldwide throughout most of the 20th century for its position as a leading manufacturer of film and photographic supplies.
It was the company that made cameras simple to use and easy to carry, allowing the lay photographer to quickly take pictures. Kodak expanded into developing the technology that made home movies possible, along with color film. These advancements continued, including automatic flash, focusing and film advancing, as well as more advanced cameras and video cameras.
While the 21st century saw a big decline in film photography as it moved strongly into the digital age, Kodak continued to remain a top supplier of photographic films, papers and the chemicals needed by professional photographers.
Workers who had jobs in the Eastman Kodak chemical plant were at risk of exposure to asbestos. Although asbestos poses no threat in its solid state, asbestos breaks down when cut or broken, causing small fibers to be released into the air. These fibers are then inhaled, and the fibers lodge in the lungs.
Rather than being expelled, the fibers remain in the lungs for many years, and have been found to cause a number of serious lung and breathing problems. Most commonly, the fibers cause chest pain, cough, lung cancer, cancerous tumors and mesothelioma, a rare cancer known to be caused only by asbestos.
The Kodak chemical plants not only manufactured the chemicals needed for photography, but also expanded into creating plastics used by the auto industry, as well as industrial chemicals. Asbestos was used widely throughout the 20th century in building factories, buildings and homes. It provided excellent insulation properties and performed as a heat shield and fire retardant.
Asbestos was also used as a component in protective clothing and lined equipment that required high temperatures, such as generators, boilers, ovens, valves, furnaces, driers, gaskets, mixers, grinders, pipes and pumps. It was used in tables and workbenches that needed to be fireproofed.
Those individuals who are most at risk include construction workers involved in constructing chemical plants, maintenance workers and workers who operated or tended the various machines and equipment used in a chemical plant.
Even relatively small jobs, such as a simple repair of a broken pipe, could expose a person to asbestos dust. Workers who wore protective clothing, including some facemasks, were exposed to asbestos when the clothing fibers became worn or torn, releasing fibers into the air. Even family members of workers could be exposed by the airborne fibers being carried out of the plant and into their homes.
One of the problems with physical ailments resulting from asbestos exposure is that it may not be detected until many years after the exposure. In some of the more serious cases, such as mesothelioma, it’s often too late to save the victim’s life by the time it’s diagnosed. An early death is inevitable in many instances. Other victims may spend their remaining years in significant pain with a greatly reduced quality of life due to lung and breathing problems.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos while working for Eastman Kodak Company in Dallas and contracted mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your legal rights as a mesothelioma victim. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online for a free consultation and claim evaluation.