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Part 1: How Asbestos Impacts Someone

Doctor Examining X-Ray of Chest For years, individuals worked with materials containing the fiber asbestos. Unfortunately, it’s a known cancer-causing substance that is now impacting those who used to have extended exposure to asbestos. So, what are the effects?

Not everyone recognizes how serious exposure to asbestos is, but it’s important to understand the various conditions that the fiber can cause. The three primary diseases often caused by exposure to asbestos include lung cancer, asbestosis, and of course, mesothelioma.

Lung Cancer

When it comes to exposure to asbestos, lung cancer causes the most deaths compared to asbestosis and mesothelioma. It is often associated with coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chest pains and the individual may suffer from anemia.


This is a condition that is not cancerous. However, it can severely impact the respiratory of the individual exposed, causing lung tissues to scar. This may be associated with shortness of breath and a strange sound coming from the lungs when inhaling.

The most severe cases of asbestosis can lead to cardiac failure. Unfortunately, there’s no known effective treatment and the condition can be disabling or in the worst cases, fatal.


Unfortunately, mesothelioma has a long latency period so those who have been exposed to asbestos and develop the condition may not experience symptoms until 10 to 40 years after they were initially exposed.

Roughly 200 individuals are diagnosed each year in the U.S. with mesothelioma and typically all cases are related to asbestos exposure.

At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., we know how serious mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can be. As such, we aim to help those who have been diagnosed seek compensation from a negligent party responsible for the exposure.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are ways to protect your rights. There are statutes of limitations to keep in mind, so it’s important to act as quickly as possible to move forward.

Contact our firm today at (877) 958-7920 to discuss your potential case.


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