Asbestos Lawsuits Help Compensate for Costs & Debilitation

by Terry Bryant

Asbestos lawsuits are often filed when exposure to the material has resulted in major health complications. This is an active field of law, because the substance was extremely popular in many applications throughout the 20th century. Many construction workers, firefighters, miners, electricians, shipyard workers and manufacturing laborers have been diagnosed with conditions related to the material. It was used in buildings and vehicles for its powerful insulation qualities and resistance to shock, chemical and electrical damage.

However, this material has a tendency to cause severe respiratory conditions due to its chemistry. These silicates form microscopic crystals that imbue the substance with its insulation properties. These crystals are extremely small. They are suspended in the air easily and readily inhaled. Once they are, they settle in the lungs and provoke an immune response that creates a mass of connective tissue in the lungs. Over time, this can cause severe health concerns like asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Both diseases are debilitating and can prevent a person from working. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective tissues that surround organs. Mesothelioma is almost always found in the lungs as a result of this material. Once it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. Unfortunately, these diseases are tough to spot because their symptoms often mimic those of other conditions.

Sadly, many workers who have been exposed to the material were not aware they were at risk at the time. Even while research displayed a clear and present danger, workers were still exposed to this material. This negligence has prompted many people to now file asbestos lawsuits. A qualified personal injury attorney may be able to help a victim attain restitution for their suffering and help them pay expensive medical bills and day to day expenses as a result.