Asbestos has been utilized as a fire-retardant material for many years. Asbestos has flexible fibers that can withstand heat, corrosion and electricity. In the past, asbestos was present in a wide range of building materials, such as insulation, tiles, wallpaper and paints. It was also used in toys, clothes, furniture and makeup.
It is now well known that asbestos is a very harmful mineral, which may lead to a variety of medical conditions. Asbestos fibers may pollute the air when it is damaged and broken down. Asbestos can become lodged inside the lungs after inhalation. The fibers will eventually cut and damage the lungs, increasing the risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer. Although it is not entirely prohibited in the United States, there are restrictions on how it may be used.
Victims often don’t realize they’ve been exposed to asbestos until they start to develop symptoms. Here’s what you should know:
Chest aches, coughing and shortness of breath
Victims often don’t develop symptoms of asbestos exposure until years later. People who have very little exposure to asbestos may be less likely to develop medical issues. However, long-term asbestos exposure increases the likelihood of developing health concerns, such as shortness of breath, dry cough and chest pains. Some people even develop clubbing of their toes and fingers.
Many people, including roofers, plumbers and railroad employees, are still in danger of asbestos exposure. If you believe that you’re a victim of asbestos exposure, then your life could be on the line. To find out what to do next and what funds are available to you, you might need to seek legal assistance.