Inhaling Asbestos Dusts Can Cause Serious Illnesses Many Decades after
Exposure to the Dangerous Mineral
Asbestos removal and remediation projects require many federal and state
regulations to be followed to ensure that asbestos is not released into the
environment. If asbestos dusts contaminate the air, those who are exposed face a
lifetime of risk to develop serious asbestos-related illnesses.
If your family is facing a loved one’s diagnosis with a serious asbestos
disease such as mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer or asbestosis,
please contact us for more information about your legal options.
Throughout most of the 20th century, virtually every building,
including private homes and apartment complexes, schools, churches, hospitals,
office buildings and factories were built using hundreds of asbestos-containing
Asbestos was also commonly used at coal and coke production facilities,
energy generation plants, as well in the maintenance of military and commercial
As these buildings and ships age and require renovation, abatement or demolition, many
procedures must be followed in order to protect not only the property owners,
but those who live and work in the area from accidental exposure to asbestos, a
dangerous carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).
If asbestos materials become airborne, those that breathe in
asbestos-contaminated dusts are then at risk to develop serious asbestos
diseases 30-40 or more years after they first inhaled the contaminated dusts.
Asbestos Latency Periods
The decades-long periods between
exposure to asbestos and when symptoms of an asbestos disease are first
diagnosed are known as asbestos
One of the reasons for this long period of time for an asbestos disease to
develop is caused by the microscopic structure of asbestos. When
asbestos-contaminated dusts are inhaled, the asbestos is not expelled by
coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose.
Instead, the jagged edges on the tiny asbestos fibers cause them to attach to
lung tissue. Over this long period of time, the asbestos will cause healthy lung
tissue to scar.
Chronic Asbestos-Related Illnesses
scarring can become so extensive that it will cause breathing problems. Asbestos
disease patients typically begin to experience feelings of shortness of breath
(even when they are not active or exercising), develop a chronic cough, and find
themselves needing to prop themselves on several pillows to be able to sleep.
These symptoms can mean that any number of chronic breathing problems has
developed, such as asbestosis, emphysema,
chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) or pleural plaques disease.
In more serious cases, the damage
caused by inhaling asbestos dusts will cause the lungs to begin to produce
abnormal cells. When these cells begin to reproduce and cluster, they eventually
form mesothelioma or other lung cancer tumors.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
If you or a loved one
has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we may be able to help you
to seek justice for your illness and file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Please complete the form on this page for a free and confidential review of
your potential asbestos lawsuit or request a free copy of our asbestos sourcebook. A Weitz &
Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.