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by: Loni Taylor
When Should I Consult an Asbestos Attorney?
If asbestos diseases have adversely affected you or a
family member then you should consult an asbestos
attorney regarding litigation. Asbestos is a natural
forming mineral that, in the second half of the twentieth
century, was widely used as a building material. It was
cheap and effective with plentiful resources. Despite the
discovery that the inhalation of asbestos fibers leads to
serious illnesses, companies covered up this information
in order to continue its use. Asbestos laws have only
recently been introduced to help control the use of this
Who is Affected by Asbestos Diseases?
It was estimated that approximately 10 million workers
had been exposed to asbestos by the year 1978 and that by
1970 25 million tons of asbestos had been used in
building work across the USA. Exposure to asbestos
usually occurs when materials that contain asbestos are
cut, sawn or broken; this results in the fibres being
released into the atmosphere. Anyone involved in these
processes was immediately at risk.
Asbestos fibres are so small they can only be seen under
a microscope. They are colorless, odorless and tasteless.
It is more than possible that anyone who has come into
contact with the deadly asbestos fibers wouldnt
Early Danger Signs.
In the 1920s the asbestos industry was aware of the
damaging effects of asbestos, and yet they did nothing to
protect workers or their families. By this time,
insurance companies had even started to place higher
premiums on workers in the asbestos industry but
companies decided to put profit above the health of their
As time moved on, more and more people within the
asbestos industry learned of the dangers involved but it
was some time before anything was done about it. It is
only fairly recently that proper health and safety
measures have been implemented to stop exposure to
asbestos. Any asbestos attorney or asbestos law firm can
tell you whether you were unduly put at risk and whether
you have the right to proceed with an asbestos lawsuit.
Diseases Associated with Asbestos.
Many fatal and non-fatal diseases are associated with the
exposure to asbestos. Many prove fatal to the sufferer.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is primarily caused
by exposure to asbestos fibers. Lung cancer can also be
contracted, as well as asbestosis. When the lungs inhale
asbestos, some of the fibers become caught. In turn these
fibers cause scar tissue and decrease the lungs
capability to breathe sufficient oxygen.
If you suffer from any of these illnesses, and you havent
already done so, contact an asbestos attorney
immediately; you may be entitled to pursue asbestos
About The Author
Loni Taylor is a freelance author from Dayton, Ohio. For
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