Possible Results of Asbestos Exposure
Many people have already suffered from diseases developed from working with asbestos. Asbestos is a group of minerals naturally occurring and mined in from nature and are seen as bundles of fiber, which are heat/fire/chemical resistant and asbestos does not conduct electricity. This is the reason why asbestos is a popular mineral to use commercially.
Asbestos is very fine in composition, therefore not only are those who work with asbestos in danger of developing diseases, the workplace, environment, and their families are in danger as well. In many cases, workers have accidentally brought asbestos into their homes by not realizing the material was on their clothing. Asbestos is classified as a carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer. It can also cause mesothelioma, a very rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This type of cancer affects the thin membranes lining along the chest and abdomen. Asbestosis and other non-malignant lung and pleural disorders can also develop because of asbestos.
Anyone directly exposed to asbestos can suffer from diseases caused by asbestos. Many people who have suffered from any injury from asbestos exposure have the right to file for compensation. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, weight loss/loss of appetite, anemia, and fatigue, tightening of the chest, swelling of face or neck and other symptoms can point out possible disease from exposure from asbestos. Seeking help from a personal injury lawyer would help in getting proper information and understanding on how you can seek compensation for your injury, particularly if it is caused because of other people’s negligence.
The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) has given out certain rules and regulations to companies and their workers regarding proper handling when working with asbestos to lower the risks of developing asbestos-related diseases. Each employer and employee is required to follow these safety protocols otherwise penalties are given, aside from increasing the risks of everyone’s health.
Generally, asbestos fibers are most dangerous when they are broken off of larger chunks, as this allows them to be inhaled. When they are inhaled, especially over time, asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs, causing the conditions outlined above. This is because as time passes, the fibers that become trapped in the lungs continue to scratch at their sensitive lining, causing the body to constantly expend effort in healing these wounds. Furthermore, these fibers are impossible for the body to break down, so they stay trapped in the body indefinitely.
Asbestos exposure lawsuits cover a wide range of injury laws. It could be the result of a dangerous property, a negligent employer, or even negligence at the hands of a remodeling company or apartment complex. This McDonough personal injury website has a lot of information about what can be done in the event that you’re hurt by dangerous conditions at a place.