Asbestos exposure may occur in the workplace, home, or community.
Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of it are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from it; those that do have been exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.
Asbestos is a group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. Because these fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity, asbestos has been mined and used in many products, including car brake shoes and clutch pads, building materials, such as ceiling and floor tiles, paints, coatings, and adhesives, plastics, garden products and some talc-containing crayons.
If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the fibers are released into the air. When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years.
Due to federal regulations and health concerns, it is used much less than it was just a few decades ago.
Most cases of asbestos poisoning occur in asbestos workers; however, there is evidence that family members of workers exposed to asbestos face an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, possibly due to the exposure of asbestos fibers brought into the home on the clothing, skin and hair.
Factors involved in how asbestos exposure affects an individual include:
- How much asbestos a person was exposed to
- How long the person was exposed
- The size, shape and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers
- The presence of other lung diseases
Asbestos exposure has been linked to the development of serious respiratory diseases and cancers, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other conditions.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you understand how devastating this can be. That’s why you need a law firm experienced with mesothelioma cases to represent you at this most sensitive time.
Contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We will deliver results and provide emotional support. Our track record shows that we are compassionate, understanding and effective attorneys when it comes to lawsuits and the asbestos industry.
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