Facts About Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral, naturally occurring in a chainlike crystalline structure and it is usually found mixed into other minerals. Asbestos has been mined and used for over 100 years while its extraction reached the highest level from 1950 until the mid 70's. Numerous products such as insulation material, automotive brakes or wallboard once contained the mineral. In the 1970's, however, the federal government suspended the production of most asbestos products.

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Health Effects

Asbestosis is known as a scarring of the lungs, leading to breathing problems as well as heart failure after exposure to asbestos. The greater the exposure, the greater are the risks of developing this asbestos-related disease. Workers who are greatly exposed will develop symptoms of increased breathlessness, coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. After a certain period of time the workers may experience damages to the lung, resulting in respiratory (breathing) failure. Because the oxygen supply to the body is now insufficient the patient will be constantly out of breath and have a blue-tinged skin even when at rest. Once this stage has been reached recovery is impossible and death inevitable.

Asbestos can also cause a rare cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen lining, called Mesothelioma. The time frame between exposure and the first signs might be as much as 30 years, while smokers have a much greater chance of developing lung cancer.

Pleural Mesothelioma in its earliest form may resemble viral pneumonia

Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest or back pain
  • Persistent cough
  • A hoarse or husky voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever and sweating
  • General fatigue
  • Loss of weight
  • Loss of appetite

Peritoneal Mesothelioma primarily affects the lining of the abdominal cavity

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • General fatigue
  • Diarrhea or constipation

Asbestos-related Hot Topics include:

  • Vermiculite
  • Asbestos in schools
  • Asbestos in your home
  • EPA contacts
  • Laws and regulations

If you think that you or any body you know may have been exposed to any amount of loose asbestos in any degree, no matter how long ago, see your doctor. No matter where you live, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Asbestosis or Mesothelioma, and you would like for us to provide a free evaluation of your potential claim please contact us today.

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Did You Know?

The Automotive Industry Uses Asbestos In Vehicle Brakeshoes And Clutch Pads.

More than 5,000 products contain or have contained asbestos. Auto repair & brake repair mechanics can be at risk.

Where the name asbestos came from?

The name asbestos stems from old ancient times from a Greek word meaning unquenchable. This makes reference to its resistance to fire and heat. Separated asbestos fibers are strong enough and flexible enough to be spun and woven. For many centuries, small cloths woven from asbestos were a luxury item, for handling of hot items in kitchens and foundries.

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