Asbestos is a toxic material that can cause mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. Although the substance was strictly regulated decades ago, some older buildings may still contain the substance.
Those who have been exposed to asbestos should seek medical attention. Below, we explain how to identify asbestos exposure and when to visit the doctor.
Signs of Asbestos Exposure
Unfortunately, there are few, if any, signs that indicate asbestos exposure other than symptoms associated with diseases that result from asbestos exposure. Such symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms may be associated with cases of asbestosis or mesothelioma. Therefore, if you experience these symptoms and know you have been in or near buildings that contain asbestos, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
It’s also smart to seek preemptive medical attention if you know for certain you may have been exposed to asbestos. This could be the case if you have been informed that your home contains asbestos, or if you have an occupation that is likely to come into contact with asbestos, such as industrial work, shipyard work, firefighting, and more.
It’s vital to seek medical attention soon after suspected asbestos exposure. Some conditions associated with asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma, have long latency periods. This means that by the time symptoms finally present themselves, it may be too late for any treatment to be effective.
Developed Mesothelioma After Asbestos Exposure? Contact Us Today
Mesothelioma is a deadly, yet preventable, condition. If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our team at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. is here to help. We have helped countless clients recover the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Learn if we can help you, too.
Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a free consultation.