What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a flame retardant, pliable yet strong mineral that was used in a variety of products for nearly 100 years. The fibers were often mixed with cement or woven into fabric mats because of their resistance to heat and fire. Although considered a miracle mineral in its heyday, asbestos is now known to be highly toxic. It is banned in many countries. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been determined to cause mesothelioma and asbestosis.
What is asbestos used for?
Asbestos became popular in the 20th century with manufacturers such as Industrial Boiler Companies, Turbine, Companies, Gasket/Packing Companies, Thermal Insulation Manufacturers, Spray/Fireproofing Manufacturers, Raw Asbestos Fiber Supplies, and Wallpaper/Plaster/Joint Compound Companies. Many companies that used asbestos have filed bankruptcy.
These companies used asbestos for products such as vinyl floor tiles, roofing tars, gaskets, caulk, adhesives, clutch plates, stage curtains, fire blankets, interior fire doors, and thermal pipe insulation. There were many other uses for asbestos that are too numerous to mention.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory lung disease. It often leads to increased lung infections, permanent lung damage, and death. Because asbestosis weakens the lungs, the person suffering from asbestos related diseases are more susceptible to lung problems such as pneumonia. In addition, asbestos fibers scar the lung tissue, which decreases the lungs’ ability to supply oxygen to the heart. As a result, asbestosis sufferers have an increased risk of developing heart problems. In the event that you or a loved one suffers from asbestosis, Matt Kiely can help you determine your options and legal rights.
What should I do if I have been exposed to asbestos?
Keep in mind that many of the signs and symptoms of asbestos related diseases may not show up for several decades. However, the key to successful treatment is early detection. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have had any known exposure to asbestos or if you suspect you may have been exposed to asbestos, whether at work, in your environment, or from a family member.
What are the signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure?
According to the National Cancer Institute, the signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure vary depending on dose; duration; size, shape, and chemical makeup of the fibers; source of exposure; and individual risk factors. The signs and symptoms include: shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, blood in sputum, chest pain/tightening, swollen neck and face, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and anemia.
To learn more about asbestos and asbestos related diseases, if you live in the Baltimore or Washington D.C. area, please contact the the law office of Matt Kiely today.