The term asbestos refers to any one of a group of several different naturally occurring minerals. These minerals have certain qualities in common, including a fibrous texture, incredible strength, and remarkable resistance to heat.
Asbestos has long been used in industrial applications, as well as in building construction, especially as a fireproof insulating material.
Asbestos has been associated with serious health complications when people who work with the substance or live in areas where it is present, have been exposed to it. It continues to be a serious threat throughout the United States.
Why is it so dangerous? Individuals who are exposed to the substance are liable to breathe in small airborne fibers that have a tendency to flake off of the mass of the product. When these fibers enter the body, they often become lodged in the mesothelium, a membrane that lines certain internal organs such as the lungs.
This can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a malignant form of cancer that often causes the victim years of suffering until death.
The symptoms of mesothelioma are often compared to symptoms of the flu or even a common cold. These include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or lower back pain
- Persistent dry cough
- Difficulty swallowing
In most cases, people contract mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job.
The tragedy of a mesothelioma diagnosis is only worsened by the knowledge that this is an entirely preventable disease.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of exposure to asbestos, contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, located in Bergen County, New Jersey and New York City.
We understand the tremendous physical, emotional and financial difficulties you have been burdened with. We are dedicated to ensuring that the parties behind asbestos exposure are held accountable for their negligence. We will fight for you to ensure that you receive the compensation you and your family need and deserve.