Asbestos is resistant to heat, chemicals and fire. It became one of the most widely used products from the 1890s up until the 1970s. Asbestos was widely used throughout multiple platforms including automobiles, insulation, construction materials and in the shipbuilding industry. Today asbestos can still found in multiple products. For decades, there have been limits imposed on the usage of asbestos due to environmental and safety concerns.
Due to its high demand and widespread use many people were exposed to the harmful risks of asbestos. By the time the risks became clear to the public, thousands of people each year were dying as a result of complications due to asbestos exposure.
Spouses and children who shared residence with the worker, were also exposed to asbestos when they brought home fibers on their clothing and skin, which led to asbestos exposure. Those exposed to asbestos need to understand the dangers of these products and their legal rights. Let the experienced asbestos lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What complications are caused by asbestos exposure?
There are many complications following asbestos exposure including lung cancer and mesothelioma. All of which are extremely devastating and life-threatening conditions.
How does asbestos make you sick?
When the microscopic asbestos fibers or dust are inhaled, the fibers get lodged in the lungs. Over time one can experience irritation leading to lung problems or cancers in the abdomen.
How long after exposure will I get sick?
Complications following asbestos exposure can take decades to appear. A majority of cases of lung cancer, mesothelioma or other complications do not start to cause any problems until it is too late.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of rare cancer that forms in the tissues surrounding internal organs. Pleural mesothelioma is when it forms in the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma can also develop in the abdomen, or in the tissues surrounding the heart or testicles. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma associated with asbestos.
How do I know if asbestos caused my cancer or illness?
One of the leading causes of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. A majority of these cases are assumed to have been caused by asbestos exposure. In order to determine if other conditions including lung cancer, developed due to asbestos exposure a complete history will be taken to rule out if there are other risk factors such as smoking that could be the cause of your condition.
What should I do if I am sick because I was exposed to asbestos?
If you became sick due to asbestos exposure you may be able to make a claim against the manufacturer to collect compensation. If you were exposed to asbestos while on the job you may also be eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim. Let an experienced asbestos attorney from the Attorney Injury Group help determine what your best option is for obtaining compensation to cover your losses.
Do I need a lawyer to obtain compensation for asbestos illnesses?
Due to the long latency period between the time of exposure and when one develops an illness most asbestos cases can be complicated. It is also important to understand who a claim should be filed against and how to best proceed in order to be able to receive the maximize amount opt compensation.
How do I know if I have a case?
Contact the Attorney Injury Group to schedule a free consultation with a Massachusetts asbestos lawyer to determine if you have a case for an asbestos related illness.