Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral found in rocks and soil. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a wide variety of building materials and other commercial products for insulation and as a fire retardant. Old and brittle asbestos products can release tiny, even microscopic, fibers. These fibers can remain suspended in the air and enter your lungs when you inhale, which can cause lung damage, including cancer. Because of its health risks, asbestos manufacture and use is now regulated by the federal government.
How Asbestos Impacts Health
When you inhale asbestos, the tiny fibers enter your air passages. Your body’s natural defenses remove most of these fibers. The majority will be carried away or coughed up in a layer of mucus that protects your lungs. However, some fibers may bypass those defenses and lodge deep within your lungs. Those fibers can remain in place for a very long time and may never be removed. Most of the harmful impacts of asbestos will not be seen immediately. They often develop years after exposure occurs.
Asbestos can cause cancer. Inhaling asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the thin lining surrounding the lungs and other organs. The risk depends on how much you inhale, how long ago you were exposed and whether you have a smoking history. Smoking cigarettes, combined with asbestos exposure, increases your chances of developing lung cancer.
Exposure to high concentrations of airborne asbestos over long periods can also create scar tissue in the lungs, in a condition called asbestosis. The scar tissue does not behave like normal, healthy lung tissue and makes breathing difficult. Asbestosis is a very serious and life-threatening disease. Fortunately, most people who are only exposed to moderate levels of asbestos are not likely to develop these serious diseases.
Asbestos in Knoxville, Tennessee
You do not have to have mesothelioma or lung cancer to qualify for compensation from asbestos trusts. Any individual who spent a significant period working closely with asbestos may be entitled to financial compensation.
Our law firm works with you to get an exam of your lungs to check for scarring or other tissue damage that may come without any detectable symptoms. If you or someone in your family was employed by a railroad company prior to 1982, call our office today. We will work with you to access the money you qualify for that can help you to cover medical bills and other costs.
30 billion dollars is sitting in asbestos trust fund claims waiting to be awarded to those who suffered exposure to this toxic material. Our attorney make it simple for you to apply to the trusts that fit your specific history, so you can be compensated. There is no need to file a lawsuit or make any court appearances. We have streamlined the process to make it as simple as possible for railroad workers in Knoxville and surrounding areas.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. our asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys want to help you get the money you deserve. This is why we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without any upfront costs.
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, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to complications from harmful asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for 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. There is a statute of limitations so do not wait to reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.