Edwin J. Bartells established the E. J. Bartells Company in 1923. The company specializes in insulation and fabrication materials to a variety of industries throughout Northern America.
Early in its history, the E. J. Bartells Company used a naturally occurring mineral called asbestos as a major component in their products. This was a very popular material that had many industrial uses because it could withstand extremely hot or cold conditions. It was also resistant to fire, which seemingly made it ideal for insulation and other items. For many years, asbestos was used commonly, but eventually in-depth research proved it to be a highly toxic substance. Exposure to it can cause respiratory failure, disease and mesothelioma, a type of asbestos cancer that has claimed the lives of thousands. There are very few mesothelioma survivors, and most victims face a life expectancy of less than 18 months.
Asbestos use was eventually outlawed in the country but not before products containing the sometimes deadly substance were in already in use. This led to a barrage of lawsuits against Edwin J. Bartells from people who claimed to have become ill or lost a loved one after being exposed to the products the company manufactured. To deal with these cases, the E. J. Bartells Asbestos Trust was established and held responsible for reviewing every currently ongoing and newly incoming personal injury claim. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you evaluate and file your claim with the Bartells trust.
One of the better known claims against E. J. Bartells came from an employee who worked for the company between 1964 and 1968. After leaving the company, he worked for one of their competitors, Thermal Services, Inc. His duty was to install insulation materials, and he stated that he was exposed to large amounts of asbestos while on the job. This case was reviewed extensively, and the final decision came out in favor for the E. J. Bartells Company. Because the claimant had last worked at Thermal Services, they were viewed as being responsible for exposure to any hazardous materials and any illnesses that were developed because of it.
E. J. Bartells continues to provide contracting services, produce insulation materials and fabricate products for their customer base. They have facilities in multiple states, and maintain the asbestos trust fund to deal with victims who suffered as a result of the asbestos that was used within their products many years ago.