Asbestos Uses

Asbestos was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. These desirable properties made asbestos very widely used and is still a staple in older houses and other structures.

Side Effects

Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to asbestos cancer, asbestosis (scarring of the lungs that restricts breathing), asbestos mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest cavity), and silicosis. The chances of getting an asbestos-related illness increase as the level and duration of exposure to asbestos increases. Asbestos mesothelioma is a fatal asbestos cancer involving the mesothelium, a protective lining that encloses most of the body’s internal organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma seems to be exposure to asbestos particles in the air. The time between exposure and the appearance of symptoms can be as long as 20 to 50 years.

What are my options if I’ve suffered as a result of exposure to Asbestos?

If you or a loved one has experienced a side effect as a result of the use Asbestos exposure you may be entitled to compensation. There are typically time limits that affected consumers have to file a claim, and there’s no cost to see if you’re one of the thousands of people eligible to participate.

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