Amphibole Asbestos

Amphibole asbestos refers to a general category of asbestos types, including amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite. Some of these have been mined for industrial use; others have been found as contaminants in mined substances. For example, tremolite is often found with chrysotile asbestos, a different type altogether.

Amphibole asbestos has been shown to be more hazardous than chrysotile asbestos. While this may be the case, both amphibole and chrysotile can harm or kill people who are exposed to it.

Some asbestos-related injury claims and lawsuits are brought on allegations of negligence. In these cases, plaintiffs allege that liable parties knew or should have known about the hazards of exposure of employees to amphibole asbestos or chrysotile asbestos, but did not take steps to protect workers. Other cases are brought on a basis of strict liability. In such cases, plaintiffs need only prove that the asbestos-containing product was defective.

Whether by a theory of negligence or by way of strict liability, a mesothelioma case that reveals that a manufacturer, supplier or user did not take reasonable steps to protect workers can be equally serious, regardless of what type of asbestos was to blame.

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