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Asbestos Exposure

Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

—Get Assistance from a Personal Injury Lawyer

Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that occur naturally in the environment. Because of its remarkable strength and resistance to fire, chemicals and electricity, it was used in a variety of building materials for years. Unfortunately, by the time the government realized how deadly asbestos exposure could be, thousands of Americans were already suffering from diseases and illnesses. One of the most common risks of asbestos exposure is an increased risk of lung cancer (known as mesothelioma).

The Risks Associated with Asbestos Exposure

Numerous risks have been documented from frequent exposure to asbestos. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Asbestosis – This causes a scarring of lung tissue that can eventually restrict a person’s ability to inhale oxygen.
  • Lung Cancer – Victims of asbestos exposure have a heightened risk for lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma – This type of lung cancer is the most deadly and is a cancer of the lung lining. It rapidly spreads and is rarely caused by anything other than asbestos exposure.
  • Stomach Cancer – Individuals exposed to asbestos also have a higher risk for developing cancer of the stomach lining.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you need lawyers for asbestos victims by your side. Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation today.

What to do if You Have Been Exposed

Most individuals that are exposed to asbestos do so in a work environment. Some homeowners may have asbestos tiles, roofing shingles and other materials in their home that they remove without knowing they are being exposed. Those who are exposed in small amounts are often not at risk for the severe cancers, but anyone who is exposed daily at work is facing substantially increased risk.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos, stop the frequent exposures right away. Also stop your exposure to tobacco smoke – research has shown this can rapidly increase the development of cancer. Seek medical treatment right away and if you develop any respiratory illnesses or infections, have them treated as soon as possible.

Most importantly, contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in asbestos exposure claims. Because most illnesses takes years to surface (long after the exposure), you need an attorney that understands the complex nature of these types of personal injury cases.

To hire lawyers for asbestos victims, contact Charles Harding. Our attorneys have years of experience handling asbestos-related injury cases and we can help you too. Call 518-384-3400 and book a free consultation today.