Plenty of people talk about the dangers of asbestos and how it is connected to health issues, including mesothelioma. However, many individuals find the topic confusing. Asbestos comes naturally from the earth in the form of a mineral. It can withstand high heat and toxic chemicals, which originally made it seem like a must-have ingredient for insulation, construction items, and numerous consumer goods. In fact, asbestos became incredibly popular even after researchers realized that it could be harmful to humans.
Asbestos becomes a problem when insulation is disturbed or products with asbestos are built or torn down. Once airborne, the fibers can make their way into the lungs. Build-up and consistent exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer affecting the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Fatal forms of mesothelioma are particularly high from asbestos exposure.
People who worked around asbestos for years, or who lived or worked in structures contaminated with high amounts of asbestos, are at greater likelihood of contracting mesothelioma than others in the general public. Some of the early warning signs of mesothelioma include chest pain, shortness of breath, and fluid in the lungs. All unusual medical symptoms should be discussed with a physician.
Although companies in America use asbestos in limited ways and under very strict conditions due to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, asbestos can be found throughout the United States. Buildings that were constructed prior to 1989 may contain asbestos, whether in the walls, attic, crawl spaces, or flooring. Frequently, property owners discover asbestos during upgrades, retrofits, remodeling projects, and restoration activities. It can be tough for someone to tell if an object contains asbestos. Homeowners with insulation that was installed before 1989 may be wise to seek out the help of an asbestos identification and removal professional.
Homeowners, facility managers, and employers that find asbestos or suspect asbestos cannot remove it safely on their own. Asbestos removal requires specific protocols to ensure that the fibers do not contaminate the air. Additionally, asbestos removal experts must dispose of the asbestos they find by using special processes.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other diseases associated with exposure to asbestos may be able to recover damages for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-4000 today. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County.