What is Asbestos?
Beginning in the late 1970s there were concerns that asbestos was dangerous. Although asbestos was used in many products, its fibers could be easily inhaled by humans, attaching to the lungs and tissues in the body. Eventually the material was labeled a carcinogen. Experts now understand that prolonged exposure to asbestos can greatly increase the risk of individuals acquiring severe respiratory conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma (an aggressive cancer in the lung and lining called the mesothelium), and asbestosis (a non-malignant respiratory condition). If you have been exposed to asbestos and have developed a severe health condition, you may have the right to compensation including payment for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Workers most at risk for harmful exposure to asbestos include any persons who have worked with asbestos in manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, or power plants. Talk to an injury lawyer if you have questions about your health condition.