According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the environment. Many industries used asbestos in the past by separating the bundle of fibers into threads that were thin and durable. The positive thing about asbestos is that its fibers were resistant to chemicals, fire, and heat. Additionally, the threads did not conduct electricity.
The leaders of many different types of industries started using asbestos in the late 1800s, with a sharp increase in usage after World War II. Some examples of its use include strengthening plastic and cement in the construction industry and as an ingredient in brake shoes in the automotive industry.
It wasn't until several years after the Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of asbestos in 1989 that people began reporting health problems from long-term exposure. This was as the result of breathing tiny particles of asbestos into their lungs where it remained trapped for decades.
Asbestos has since been labeled a dangerous carcinogen that increases the likelihood of lung cancer, mesothelioma, chronic shortness of breath, and cancers of the kidneys, gallbladder, throat, and esophagus. Finally, asbestos exposure is linked to pleural effusions, an abnormal build-up of fluid in the lungs. Some symptoms that you may have developed an asbestos related disease and need the help of an injury lawyer in Stuart, FL include:
- Coughing up blood
- Persistent shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Extreme fatigue
- Problems swallowing
- Pain in the face or neck
- A persistent cough that gets worse with time
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
Companies that manufactured products containing asbestos, as well as your past or present employer, are responsible for ensuring your safety on the job. If you worked around asbestos and have developed some or all of the above symptoms as a result, contact us at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC to learn more about filing a personal injury or class action lawsuit.