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Asbestos Litigation Some Basic Facts About The Process
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 deadly substance.
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 even know.
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 workers.
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 litigation
About the Author
Loni Taylor is a freelance author from Dayton, Ohio. For examples
of other articles, see www. a1-asbestos-attorney.net