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Asbestos: What are the Effects?

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Asbestos is a cluster of minerals grouped together that contains tiny fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity, fire, and other chemicals. Its products have been used in various industries, with construction being the most common. The fibers in Asbestos can be released into the air if the area in which it is used is roughed up or disturbed, such as in a building demolition. Asbestos can also pose a risk to people who live in the same home as someone who works around it, as the fibers can adhere to clothing and be brought into the home.

The problem with Asbestos is, breathing in these fibers can have a serious, adverse effect on your health. What’s worse is that most of the time, a victim of Asbestos-related health problems does not start experiencing symptoms until years after being exposed. For example, the World Trade Center contained Asbestos. When the towers collapsed on 9/11/2001, Asbestos was released into the air, putting everyone in the area at risk of future issues. Many people who were there that day, such as First Responders, Policemen, Firemen, and even regular civilians who were engulfed in the cloud of dust, are just now finding themselves being diagnosed with Asbestos-related health ailments.

Some of the negative health-related effects of Asbestos include:

  • Mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer caused by Asbestos fibers)
  • Asbestosis
  • Other types of lung cancer
  • Weakened immune system
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abnormalities with the lining of the chest cavity (pleura)
  • Laryngitis
  • Other chest/throat/lung related health problems

What do I do if I think I have been poisoned by Asbestos?

What people don’t realize is that the property owners of the areas where Asbestos is present are actually responsible for the individuals that are exposed to the fibers. If you or someone you know are now experiencing a health problem and you have been exposed to Asbestos in the past, there is someone who is responsible to compensate you for your damages.

The Harding Law Firm can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your situation and get a FREE consultation!