Asbestosis from Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestosis is a respiratory disease contracted from exposure to asbestos fibers. Accumulation of these fibers causes scarring of lung tissue, which results in shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. When the body absorbs asbestos fibers, they embed deep inside the lungs, causing the tissue to scar and harden, which interferes with their ability to expand and contract. Victims of asbestos exposure find it difficult to breath and often require supplemental oxygen therapy as the symptoms progress.

Call (877) 958-7920 if you have been diagnosed with asbestosis. Shrader & Associates L.L.P. is here to help victims pursue justice and compensation.

What Are the Symptoms of Asbestosis?

Symptoms for victims of this disease may range from mild to severe and typically appear 20 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure. The length and amount of exposure are directly related to the severity of this disease. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure and any inhalation can cause irreparable damage to the lungs and other vital organs.

Studies in humans have demonstrated that exposure to asbestos causes respiratory-tract cancer, pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma and other cancers. The party responsible for your exposure should be held liable for your damages, and our asbestos attorneys can help.

How Asbestos Entered the U.S.

Asbestosis is typically attributed to occupational exposure to asbestos fibers. Its unique properties of resistance to chemicals, heat, and electricity makes this mineral an attractive source of insulation for many industries. Archeologists all over the world have documented the mineral’s history with finds of asbestos being used for purposes ranging from manufacturing lamp wicks to cremation clothing. In 1896 the first asbestos textile mill was built in the United States. Demand for this mineral increased dramatically in the United States from 1900 to the early 1970s. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicalogy Program, 2005, asbestos was produced in Arizona, California, North Carolina, and Vermont up until the 1970s, with the last mine being closed as recent as 2002.

Commercial uses of asbestos can be found in nearly every manufacturing sector and have contributed to one of the deadliest occupational hazards known to man. Workers at risk of asbestosis are usually involved in mining, manufacturing, milling, installing and removing of asbestos products prior to the late 1970’s. The true tragedy of this disease is often found in the homes of these workers where relatives who never worked around this dangerous mineral have contracted asbestosis due to second hand exposure.

Here to Help You Obtain Medical Assistance & Financial Support

No cure currently exists for asbestosis. The first step is to remove yourself from any further asbestos exposure and seek medical treatment. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with asbestosis or any other asbestos-related disease, please contact the asbestosis attorneys at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for a complimentary case evaluation.

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