What is transite?
Transite is a fireproof material that is an ingredient in certain building products. The material was first created in the 1920s; it was heavily used through the 1970s and 80s and continues to be used today.
How is transite used?
Because of its versatile, fireproof nature, transite is included in a range of building materials. It is most commonly found in wall products like fiber cement boards; however, transite is also used to manufacture roof and siding shingles, piping, furnace flues, tile and walk-in coolers.
Is transite dangerous?
Between the 1920s and 1980s, transite was made with asbestos. During this time, transite was generally up to half composed of asbestos. Beginning in the 1980s, doctors began to realize that asbestos can cause a number of serious diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. To avoid the cancer-causing properties of asbestos, transite is now made with crystalline silica instead. While this material is considered safer than asbestos, it has been characterized as a carcinogen and can cause the lung disease silicosis.
What are the risks of transite?
The risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis or scilica is rare – most people are not injured due to their contact with transite. However, asbestos is particularly dangerous when it is in inhaled while in powdered form. People who have worked in the industrial production of transite and transite-related materials may have repeatedly breathed in asbestos while completing their manufacturing duties. Individuals can also face dangerous exposure to the asbestos in transite even if they have not worked in manufacturing. Living in an apartment building or working in an office that has crumbling cement board walls, for instance, can produce the same contact with powdered asbestos.
What are my options if I think I have been injured through exposure to transite?
If you think you have become sick due to contact with transite, you can bring a lawsuit against the employer, landlord or other individual who caused your exposure. You should find a lawyer to assist you with your case as quickly as possible since these claims often have a fairly short statute of limitations -two years is common. This means if you do not file a lawsuit within two years of being injured, you will be barred from ever bringing the case in the future.
How much does an attorney cost?
Most attorneys experienced with transite cases work on contingency. This means you will not have to pay any up-front or hourly fee to your lawyer until they win an award or settlement for you. If they do, they will keep a percentage of what they win for you.
What should I look for in an attorney?
It is important to find an attorney who has successful experience bringing transite cases. These cases involve complicated medical information; your attorney will need to understand the medical aspects of the case and must also know how to best communicate that information to the judge and jury.
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