What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is found in rocks and soil. These mineral fibers have worked well for manufacturers for many reasons. For starters, they’re flexible and resistant to heat, chemicals, and electricity. That’s why they were widely used for years to make construction materials, automotive parts, and even textiles.
Other items that may contain asbestos include:
- · Insulation in walls and attics
- · Vinyl tiles used for floors
- · Shingles
- · Siding on houses
- · Blankets that protect hot water pipes
- · Fabrics that resist heat
- · Car brakes
The fibers that form asbestos separate very easily into tiny pieces when they’re handled or damaged. They’re too small to see, but they’re easy to breathe in. They can build up in your lungs and cause health problems.
What Health Problems Can Asbestos Cause?
If you breathe in the fibers over long periods of time, you increase your risk for diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Smokers are even more affected. That’s because cigarette smoke irritates lung passages. This makes it harder for the lungs to remove asbestos fibers.
Mesothelioma. If you’ve worked with the substance, shared a home with someone who has, or lived close to an asbestos mine, see your doctor if you have trouble breathing or believe it’s affected your health.
They can do a chest X-ray or a pulmonary function test to see how much air your lungs can hold. A CT scan or biopsy might help them determine whether you have mesothelioma. That’s a type of cancer that affects the lining that covers the lungs, chest or abdomen. An early warning sign is fluid buildup around the lungs. Other symptoms include pain around the rib cage, problems breathing, a cough, pain or lumps in the belly, fatigue, and constipation.
People who have this kind of rare cancer were typically exposed to asbestos at work or lived with someone who was. It can take up to 20 years for symptoms to show up. Treatment may include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
Asbestosis. This is a condition that affects the lungs. It can cause cough, shortness of breath, and even permanent lung damage. Symptoms might also include chest pain, and fingernails and toenails that look oddly wide or round. Like mesothelioma, it doesn’t usually occur until years after a person has breathed in asbestos fibers on a regular basis.
There’s no way to heal the damage asbestos causes to the small sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. But your doctor will help you manage your symptoms. They may prescribe oxygen to help you breathe. If you have severe symptoms, you may even be placed on a lung transplant list. People with asbestosis are more likely to develop lung cancer.
Other Cancers. Asbestos exposure can lead to other cancers outside of the lungs. These cancers include throat, esophagus, and colon. Having these cancers will lead to entitlement for further compensation.
Get The Money You Are Owed
It is devastating to find out you have cancer due to asbestos exposure, particularly because it could have been prevented if manufacturers of asbestos products hadn’t been so negligent. As a result of their carelessness, courts have forced manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to set aside over $30 billion dollars to compensate workers, with asbestos-related illnesses, and their families. While it can’t take away your pain, taking legal action can help you prepare for you and your family’s future, and get you the justice you deserve. Take the following steps to see if you are eligible for compensation:
Getting started is simple. All you have to do is call Sammons & Berry, P.C. at (800) 519-1440 and a friendly paralegal will take your information and send you documents to sign.
- Have the basic information ready. The paralegal will want to know details related to your employment as a railroader.
- When did you work as a railroader? Even if you’ve been retired for many years, you’re still eligible to file a claim since asbestos-related illnesses have a long latency period. Railroaders, who worked on railroads before 1982 are particularly susceptible.
- Which railroad did you work for? Have the years of employment ready to relate to the paralegal or have your BA6 card handy.
- What type of work did you do? Details are helpful, such as the types of equipment and materials you worked with, as well as the areas of the railroad yard or station, in which you worked.
- Were you exposed to dust while working?
- When did you receive your diagnosis? Be ready to provide a statement from your doctor or healthcare provider showing your diagnosis.
- If the family member you are filing for has died, when did they die? A wrongful death case may be affected by the statute of limitations (the time you have to file a claim) in your state. Be ready to provide a death certificate for your loved one.
- Do you have financial records showing expenses related to your diagnosis, your treatment, or the death of your loved one? Medical records help establish your financial burden caused by the illness.
Free Consultation. Sammons & Berry, P.C. offer a FREE consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative today.
Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client.
Only pay if you receive money. Sammons & Berry, P.C. charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay them a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If they do not collect anything for you, you do not owe them anything.
Time to file your claim is limited. Don’t delay in calling Sammons & Berry, P.C. Claims need to be filed within a certain amount of time or your claim may be barred. Call (800) 519-1440 today.
Why Choose Sammons & Berry?
Sammons & Berry, P.C., is a law firm committed to fighting for the rights of individuals and their families who have been seriously injured or killed. With an aggressive and dedicated approach toward the practice of law, our attorneys have practiced in state and federal courts across the country. Our attorneys firmly believe in the right to a fair trial by jury and view each case with an eye towards trial. With an impressive record of verdicts against some of the largest corporations in the United States, our attorneys have tried countless cases to verdict and have extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels.