Health Effects of Asbestos
Asbestos is a dangerous substance and should be avoided. But people who have contact with asbestos do not always develop health problems. The risk of disease depends on many factors:
- How much asbestos is in the air
- How often and for how long exposure occurs
- How much time has passed since exposure began
- Whether the person already has lung or breathing conditions and
- Whether the person smokes tobacco
Breathing asbestos can cause tiny asbestos fibers to get stuck in the lungs and irritate lung tissues.
Scientific studies have shown that the following non-cancer diseases can be caused by breathing asbestos:
- Asbestosis is scarring in the lungs caused by breathing asbestos fibers. Oxygen and carbon dioxide do not pass in and out of scarred lungs easily, so breathing becomes harder. Asbestosis usually occurs in people who have had very high exposures over a long time, but years may pass before any symptoms appear.
- Pleural disease is a non-cancerous lung condition that causes changes in the membrane surrounding the lungs and chest cavity (pleura). The membrane may become thicker throughout (diffuse pleural thickening) or in isolated areas (pleural plaques), or fluid may build up around the lungs (known as a pleural effusion). Not everyone with pleural changes will have problems breathing, but some may have less efficient lung function.
Asbestos exposure also increases the risk of developing certain cancers:
- Lung cancer is a malignant tumor that invades and blocks the lung’s air passages. Smoking tobacco combined with asbestos exposure greatly increases the chance of developing lung cancer.
- Mesothelioma, is a rare cancer of the membrane that covers the lungs and chest cavity (pleura), the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), or membranes surrounding other internal organs. Signs of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos.
In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can also cause cancer of the larynx and ovary. Current evidence also suggests asbestos exposure may cause cancer of the pharynx, stomach, and colorectum.
Award Winning Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorneys
Our team of asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys work with individuals who have developed asbestos related diseases to help them get the compensation they deserve from asbestos trust fund claims. When you reach out to our law office we will give you an individual review to help navigate you through the claims process. The amount of compensation you receive from these trusts will be determined by your personal work history and medical background.
You do not need to be a lung cancer or mesothelioma patient in order to be awarded with financial compensation. If you were exposed to asbestos and were employed by a railroad company prior to 1982, our mesothelioma and asbestos exposure attorneys want to hear from you.
With over $30 billion dollars set aside by the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, you have nothing to lose by reaching out to our team to find out more about how you can be compensated for your time working with this toxic material.
Asbestos products can be found in locomotives, rail cars, cabooses, repair shops, roundhouses, and rail yards. By answering the questions below you can see if you have the potential to qualify for compensation:
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If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.
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