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About Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral primarily formed of silicon and oxygen. Despite the health risks posed by asbestos exposure, several types of this material were mined and still are mined in some areas of the world. Each form of asbestos has specific properties that made it in the past appropriate and practical for commercial, industrial and residential usage. Asbestos was at one time thought to be a “miracle product.” Unfortunately, the dangers of asbestos were not revealed until many people suffered as a result of exposure. Evidence of exposure may not present itself for decades. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of asbestos exposure you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now. In the late nineteenth century, factories of several industries found innovative ways to use asbestos in order to reduce cost, increase production and take advantage of the versatility of the product. Asbestos was used in the shipyard industry and by railroad engineers as a raw material for the insulation pipes, hot water pipes, incinerators and refrigeration units. As the asbestos industry kept booming, the usage continued to diversify into the production of brake pads for cars and elevators, drywall, residential home insulation, fireproof materials, ceiling and floor tiles, and many other building industry products. Today, an estimated 1.3 million employees in the construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work. The health concern with asbestos is primarily derived from its long thin fibers, which are invisible to the human eye and released in the air especially when an asbestos filled product is damaged. A person may be in contact with the fibers while performing any kind of work with the material or if it was used in the jobsite itself. Even the mere handling clothing of an asbestos worker can release these fibers that ultimately will be inhaled. Once these fibers enter the lung and accumulate with time, can cause several respiratory complications beginning with irreversible scarring of the lung, and followed by thickening of the pleura (lining of the lung), asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant Mesothelioma in some cases. All these conditions of course, depend on the amount of time, what type of asbestos fibers and how long ago the individual was exposed to the carcinogen.

Asbestos Key Points

  • In the 19th and 20th centuries Asbestos was used in commercial, industrial and residential products.
  • Inhalation of asbestos fibers causes asbestosis, lung cancer, Mesothelioma and death.
  • 70%-80% of victims diagnosed with Mesothelioma were in contact with asbestos through work.
Conditions Caused By Asbestos

  • Death
  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung Cancer
Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Symptoms take 30 to 50 years to present after asbestos exposure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Blood clotting abnormalities
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Neck pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the neck or face
Warnings & Recalls

  • Civil litigations against asbestos manufacturers are often initiated on behalf of the victims exposed.
  • In May 2010, a Los Angeles jury awarded $8.8 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages in a mesothelioma case against Certainteed Corporation, former manufacturer of pipe made with crocidolite, the most virulently dangerous asbestos fiber.

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