Topic: Toxic Torts
As adults, most of us are required to choose some type of occupation in order to survive. Unfortunately, many occupations present the risk of very serious work injury – including asbestos exposure & mesothelioma cancer. Since asbestos is prevalent in both industrial and domestic products, workplace injury from asbestos exposure is an issue many workers face. Plumbers, electricians, demolition workers and construction workers are prone to this job injury. Firefighters, railroad workers, auto mechanics, machinists, ship workers and even soldiers in the armed forces are subject to asbestos exposure.
Mined and used commercially, asbestos has been around since the late 1800’s. Since asbestos is resistant to heat/fire and it doesn’t conduct electricity, it is widely used in many industries. For example, in the building and construction industry, asbestos is used for the strengthening of cement, plastics, insulation, roofing, and sound absorption. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned products containing asbestos in 1989.
Asbestos exposure can happen on job sites, throughout the community… even in your own home. When products containing asbestos are tampered with, tiny fibers are released into the air. Consequently, when the surrounding air is breathed in, these fibers are caught in the lungs of unsuspecting individuals. With constant exposure, these fibers accumulate and cause inflammation. Eventually this can lead to lung cancers such as mesothelioma.
If exposed to asbestos, The National Cancer Institute names certain symptoms you can attempt to detect. However, it may not be detectable until years after originally becoming exposed.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
- Tightening in the chest
- Swelling of neck and face
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fatigue or weight loss
At Rasansky Law Firm, we are committed to serving individuals who suffer from asbestos exposure. If you are a victim of this type of workplace injury, you need to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
As adults, most of us are required to choose some type of occupation in order to survive. Unfortunately, many occupations present the risk of very serious work injury – including asbestos exposure & mesothelioma cancer.