Health Problems Linked To Asbestos Exposure Can Take Decades To Develop

How does asbestos impact an individual’s health?

Asbestos is an extremely durable material that has been used in thousands of products for its strength and affordability. When manufacturers of asbestos became aware of its dangers they chose to keep this knowledge from the public, leading to unnecessary exposure.

Individuals exposed to asbestos are at a greater risk for developing many conditions, including life threatening cancers. If you or someone you love has developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer, compensation may be available.

There is currently over $30 billion dollars set aside in trusts for individuals who have suffered from these conditions and diseases. If you have lost a member of your family from asbestos-related illness, you may also be entitled to compensation. 

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What happens when a person inhales asbestos fibers?

When a person inhales asbestos fibers, these microscopic particles pass through the respiratory system and are drawn into the lungs and the protective tissue surrounding the lungs. These fibers will become lodged, or embedded, in the lungs and surrounding tissues. Even though these fibers are tiny, they are resilient and will not dissolve over time. 

While some asbestos fibers may work their way out of the body, when an individual coughs, other fibers will remain deep within the lungs where they will remain trapped forever. Over decades, these small asbestos fibers can cause a wide range of serious health problems to develop.

Each fiber that remains trapped in the body is like a tiny needle, puncturing and tearing at the lungs and other affected tissue. Eventually the trauma from these fibers will lead to the presence of scar tissue causing symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and other respiratory problems.

In addition to breathing and respiratory issues, asbestos exposure can cause other types of cancer to develop along the digestive tract. These cancers can also take decades to develop. If you or someone you love has a history of asbestos exposure, it is important to schedule regular cancer screenings. 

If you have already received compensation for asbestos exposure but later develop a cancer associated with asbestos, you may be entitled to further compensation. Reach out to our team to learn more about the options available for you and your family. 

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