Asbestos usage puts you at risk for severe health problems, the most common of which are:
Mesothelioma: An aggressive cancer in the membrane that lines your lungs, heart and abdominal cavity. Asbestos can also cause pleural plaque, in which the membrane around your lungs becomes thick and hard.
Lung cancer: This type of cancer forms in the lung tissue. The combined risk factors of smoking and asbestos exposure put you at a significant risk for lung cancer.
Asbestosis: Lung tissue becomes scarred, causing shortness of breath and other breathing problems.
These health conditions are serious. In its later stages, mesothelioma is difficult to treat. Mesothelioma is primarily caused by asbestos exposure and has few other causes, and people who have worked at asbestos job sites make up a significant portion of people with the disease.
These asbestos-related diseases typically do not cause symptoms for 20 or more years after asbestos exposure. At the point, your condition may be less treatable, your medical costs higher, and your pain and suffering may be unbearable. You deserve compensation for the impact these diseases have on your life.
If you have an asbestos-related disease, please contact the Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP, to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney serving Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.