Asbestosis and Mesothelioma are diseases caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, a mineral that can be harmful if inhaled.
Asbestos can be found in many household items, as well as in insulation, plumbing, and construction materials. Tradespersons, miners, and people that live near mining stations, where asbestos is often an ingredient in manufacturing processes are those most often at risk of inhaling asbestos.
Asbestos became popular starting in the 1940’s because of its sound absorption and resistance to fire and heat.
Today, homeowners are encouraged to remove any asbestos from their homes to avoid inhaling the dangerous chemicals.
Symptoms of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, most notably include breathing problems and chest pain. Asbestosis, a disease also caused by asbestos, has similar symptoms to mesothelioma cancer. Symptoms of both diseases can lay dormant for years before developing into painful breathing and sometimes cancer. Pinpointing the cause of symptoms and getting correct treatment early on are the best ways to avoid prolonged suffering from the diseases.
To avoid the risk of mesothelioma and asbestosis, be aware of surroundings and always wear protective equipment if working in a profession where working with asbestos is necessary.
These professions include ship builders and repair crews, plumbers, miners, and construction workers. Asbestos fibers can also be carried on clothes, so removing work clothes immediately after work will prevent the spreading of asbestos to family members and others.
For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are some legal options that the patient can consider in order to seek recompense from employers to help with the cost of treatment.
Contact a mesothelioma lawyer to find out more about mesothelioma claims.