The Health Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos has been called “the miracle mineral” because it has so many unique properties. You can weave it into a cloth, insulate pipes and furnaces with it, and even use it to filter beer! (Yes, really.)
But in addition to being very useful, asbestos fibers also contribute to a variety of serious illnesses, including:
Scarring in the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibers
Harmful thickening or buildup in the pleura (the membrane surrounding the lungs)
Cancer of the pleura (the membrane surrounding the lungs)
Health Facts About Asbestos
The National Cancer Institute says decades of scientific and medical research shows there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Even a small exposure to asbestos in your childhood can cause asbestos-related diseases, and symptoms may take 40 years or more to appear.
Symptoms of asbestos-related health problems can include:
- Shortness of breath or hoarseness
- Persistent cough that gets worse over time
- Pain or tightening in the chest
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the neck or face
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss and fatigue
Asbestos-related health problems can worsen over time. If you have any of these symptoms, contact a physician to have yourself evaluated for asbestos-related illness.
Legal Compensation For Asbestos-Related Health Problems
Justinian & Associates does not directly handle asbestos-injury cases.
However, we refer all such cases to The Law Offices of Justinian C. Lane, Esq. – PLLC, based in Washington DC. They have offices in Texas and DC, and have secured millions of dollars of compensation for injured victims of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos disease can appear decades after you were exposed. Even a small exposure can cause severe injuries, many of which get worse over time.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, don’t wait to find out if your health and the health of your loved ones is at risk. Contact The Law Offices of Justinian C. Lane, Esq. – PLLC.