Asbestos is a term for a group of silicate minerals. Silicate is naturally occurring and has been used for decades in insulation and other construction materials for its ability to resist heat and its strength. Asbestos can be fairly harmless and studies have shown ingestion hasn't produced injuries. However, once Asbestos fibers are disturbed, such as during construction, the fibers become airborne and are easily inhaled by anyone around it, often causing injury to the lungs.
What Types of Injuries Are Common?
Because Asbestos is a crystal, it easily tears into the lungs causing scarring making it difficult for the lungs to process air. Typical injuries are:
- Mesothelioma - a specific type of lung cancer from asbestos
- Breathing difficulties
- Lung diseases including cancers
What Problems Can I Expect?
Long term exposure to Asbestos is typical of injury victims. Asbestos inhalation can take 10-40 years to develop into an injury. With that long of a latency period, problems such as statutes of limitation and finding the responsible persons are common to Asbestos related claims. Another problem is that your state's laws may put a time limit on how long you can wait to make a claim.
Should I Consult a Personal Injury Attorney?
Asbestos injuries can be difficult to identify and offer unique legal challenges. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine what rights you have under your state's laws. A personal injury lawyer can also represent you in court and file any necessary paperwork.