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Asbestos: a deadly and silent killer

Known for its durable properties, Asbestos was and is still used in many building and manufacturing products including siding, shingles, ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, brake pads and fireproofing. When these products are handled or buildings containing them are renovated or demolished, individuals who are exposed may breathe in or have tiny asbestos fibers cling to their clothing.

What Are Some Common Asbestos-Related Illnesses?

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to numerous serious and deadly respiratory illnesses including:

  • Mesothelioma - A deadly form of cancer that affects an individual's internal organs. There is no cure for mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis - Occurs when asbestos fibers are breathed in, causing an individual's lungs to become inflamed and causing scar tissue to develop
  • Lung Cancer - Exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer which often spreads to and affects other parts of the body

Who Is Most at Risk of Being Exposed to Asbestos?

While federal regulations aimed to limit workers' exposure to asbestos materials exist, a significant percentage of individuals who develop asbestos-related illnesses were exposed prior to the enactment of these regulations. Additionally, employers who fail to monitor asbestos levels and provide workers with the appropriate safety equipment; put the health and very lives of workers and workers' family members at risk.

Occupations that have been identified as being high risk for asbestos exposure include:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Drywallers
  • Miners
  • Firefighters
  • Auto mechanics
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Electricians
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Members of the U.S. military

Recovering Compensation For Asbestos-Related Injuries and Losses

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or some other asbestos-related illness; it's important to discuss your options with an attorney.

If you choose to take legal action against a current or former employer, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and losses including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Emotional and mental distress
  • Loss of companionship

Because asbestos-related illnesses can develop decades after exposure to dangerous asbestos materials occurred, asbestos and mesothelioma claims are particularly complex. It's critical, therefore, to ensure that the attorney you hire has a proven track record of helping asbestos injury victims recover compensation.

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