Asbestos Exposure Health Hazards
People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen). Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder. However, the evidence is inconclusive.
Asbestos exposure may also increase the risk of asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage) and other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders, including pleural plaques (changes in the membranes surrounding the lung), pleural thickening, and benign pleural effusions (abnormal collections of fluid between the thin layers of tissue lining the lungs and the wall of the chest cavity). Although pleural plaques are not precursors to lung cancer, evidence suggests that people with pleural disease caused by exposure to asbestos may be at increased risk for lung cancer.
Asbestos Exposure Attorney
When dealing with an asbestos exposure case, it's important to find the right attorney for your needs. It's best to have an experienced asbestos exposure attorney in court with you, and not someone who's just learned the ropes. Charles 'Big Angry' Adams has years of experience fighting for asbestos exposure victims and their families. When it comes toy Houston asbestos exposure attorneys, you won't find a better one.
With years of experience with the law, as a police officer, lawyer, and judge, Mr. Adams fully understands the intricate ins and outs of the legal system. You don't have to worry about sudden surprises when you choose Big Angry to be your asbestos exposure attorney.
If you or a loved one have suffered from asbestos exposure, and are looking for justice, please contact our offices to schedule your first legal consultation.