For generations, asbestos was considered to be a “miracle fiber,” and was used prolifically in a number of industries because of its fire-retardant abilities.
Unfortunately, it has been determined that the inhalation of asbestos particles can lead to a variety of serious and deadly health conditions.
Worse, many companies realized the potential dangers of asbestos long before the general public did, needlessly risking the lives of their employees who were exposed to the fiber.
Asbestos was used as an insulating fiber because of its natural absorptive and heat-resistant properties. Starting in the late 1800s, the fiber was used in the construction of industrial complexes, public buildings, and private homes. Many shipbuilders, construction workers, and American service members were exposed to asbestos as a part of their jobs.
When broken or disturbed, asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled. Fibers that become lodged in the lining of the lungs and other organs can result in the development of an asbestos-related disease (asbestosis is only a respiratory disease and found in the lining of the lungs – mesothelioma can be found both in the lining of the lungs and other organs). Consequently, practically everyone in the United States could conceivably have been exposed to asbestos.
Fields at particular risk of exposure include:
- Ship building
- Oil drilling
- Automobile manufacturing and repair
- Industrial labor
- Military Service
While use of asbestos has been legally restricted in the United States since 1970’s, countless older buildings still contain asbestos. There is a lengthy latency period for the development of injuries from asbestos. It could be 50 years before the consequences of exposure are fully known.
UNDERSTANDING INJURIES FROM EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS
There are a number of different conditions a person may develop if exposed to asbestos.
In the most serious cases, a person can develop mesothelioma, a life-threatening cancer. Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, which is the membrane that lines many body cavities. Epidemiologically, its only known cause is asbestos exposure. Lung cancer and other cancers can also be connected to exposure to asbestos.
Asbestosis is a fibrotic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. The indestructible fibers lodge in the lung, and the immune system reaction around them stiffens the tissue, leading to respiratory disease.
HOW CAN HABUSH HELP?
If a person develops a serious health problem, like mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis because of asbestos exposure, he or she may have the right to pursue compensation from the entity responsible for their asbestos exposure and subsequent suffering. There are special timelines for injuries from exposure to asbestos.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, we do not presume to know the level of suffering your family has gone through. What we do know is how to fight to help our clients recover the justice and compensation they need. If you have questions about exposure to asbestos, we may be able to help.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, we are dedicated to helping people get the financial compensation they deserve. If you or someone you love has suffered from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses and you would like to learn more about how our compassionate attorneys may be able to help, contact us today by calling 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).