For decades, builders, mechanics and plumbers used asbestos to help them complete several different types of projects. Asbestos was long thought to be the answer for several needs, as this substance that exists in the form of fibers is strong, durable and resistant to fire. Unfortunately, people began to discover about 30 years ago that exposure to asbestos had the potential to create serious, long-term and even fatal harm. As more time passed, more people tended to be diagnosed with illnesses that were related to asbestos exposure.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease should seek the immediate help of experienced asbestos injury lawyers, as those people who find themselves in this position have legal rights and options that need to be explored. Below you’ll find a brief overview of some of the diseases that have been diagnosed that have been linked to exposure to this dangerous and harmful substance.
Asbestosis is one of the most common diagnoses that’s associated with exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis is basically the result of inhaling asbestos fibers where the lungs attempt to eliminate these fibers with certain cells. However, since the fibers are too long to be completely eliminated, it can lead to a leak of fluids into the surrounding tissue. This fluid eventually builds up to the point where a person has extreme trouble breathing.
For decades, people have been aware of lung cancer and its high mortality rate. Most people associate the diagnosis of lung cancer with exposure to tobacco smoke whether it was first or second-hand smoke. However, people can contract lung cancer from long-term exposure to asbestos as well. Lung cancer can be fatal in many cases, but the ultimate result of any diagnosis will largely depend on how early or late this disease is caught by doctors.
Pleural disease is actually a term that can describe several different conditions, but the common thread is that people with pleural disease suffer from harm to the pleural lining of the lungs. This lining consists of two separate membranes. One membrane covers the lung and the other serves as a protective layer to the chest wall. When asbestos fibers invade these membranes, they can become lodged inside of them and all but remove the ability to protect these vital areas of the body.
When people are diagnosed with a disease that’s the result of exposure to asbestos, many are devastated and unsure of how to proceed. If this includes you or someone you love, you should not only make an immediate effort to treat this problem aggressively, but you should also seek the help of experienced asbestos injury lawyers as soon as possible. Contact Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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