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Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma please e-mail us the short form questionnaire so that we may evaluate your case against all of the potentially careless or negligent parties. The evaluation process is free and confidential.

Asbestos and Asbestos Health Effects 

from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals mined for their useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. The current Federal definition of asbestos is the asbestiform varieties of: Chrysotile (serpentine); crocidolite (riebeckite); amosite (cummingtonite/grunerite); anthophyllite; tremolite; and actinolite.

What are past and present uses of asbestos?

         Cement Pipes Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops Elevator Brake Shoes

         Cement Wallboard Laboratory Gloves HVAC Duct Insulation

         Cement Siding Fire Blankets Boiler Insulation

         Asphalt Floor Tile Fire Curtains Breaching Insulation

         Vinyl Floor Tile Elevator Equipment Panels Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections

         Vinyl Sheet Flooring Caulking/Putties Cooling Towers

         Flooring Backing Adhesives Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)

         Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)

         Wallboard Heating and Electrical Ducts

         Acoustical Plaster Joint Compounds Vinyl Wall Coverings

         Decorative Plaster Spackling Compounds High Temperature
Gaskets

         Textured Paints/Coatings Roofing Shingles Roofing Felt

         Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels Base Flashing Thermal Paper Products

         Spray-Applied Insulation Fire Doors Electrical Cloth

         Blown-in Insulation Electrical Panel Partitions Fireproofing Materials

         Taping Compounds (thermal) Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)

         Electric Wiring Insulation Chalkboards

What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?

Exposure to airborne friable asbestos may result in a potential health risk because persons breathing the air may breathe in asbestos fibers. Continued exposure can increase the amount of fibers that remain in the lung. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases including: asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma.

         Asbestosis Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the lungs. It is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that irritate lung tissues and cause the tissues to scar. The scarring makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling.

     Lung Cancer Lung cancer causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. People who work in the mining, milling, manufacturing of asbestos, and those who use asbestos and its products are more likely to develop lung cancer than the general population. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are coughing and a change in breathing. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent chest pains, hoarseness, and anemia. People who have been exposed to asbestos and also are exposed to some other cancer-causing product, such as cigarette smoke, have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who have only been exposed to asbestos.

   Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining (membrane) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart and almost all cases are linked to exposure to asbestos. This disease may not show up until many years after asbestos exposure. This is why great efforts are being made to prevent school children from being exposed.

If you feel you may have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers, you should consider consulting a physician with expertise in pulmonary abnormalities. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma please e-mail us the short form questionnaire so that we may evaluate your case against all of the potentially careless or negligent parties. The evaluation process is free and confidential. We will generally respond within 24 hours.

Links/Resources

Asbestos Exposure: Questions and Answers

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  

Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Asbestos Bailout Bill

Osha Regulations

Consumer Product Safety Commission

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