Asbestos is a naturally occurring and fibrous mineral useful for insulation purposes. It’s been mined and used in manufacturing and construction since the 1800’s but has been recognized as a health hazard for a little longer than a decade. Since the 1970’s, safer man-made products have been used in its place, but many old buildings still contain the carcinogen. Construction workers, firefighters, maintenance workers, mechanics and many others still face asbestos exposure because of their work and many develop a disease of the lung called asbestosis as a result.
Though asbestosis is not immediately fatal, it is a serious and life-long illness that can progress into lung cancer. The severity of the disease varies depending on how long the sufferer maintained exposure to asbestos and whether or not he or she smokes or used to smoke cigarettes. The disease’s symptoms include coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath, which progressively worsens over time. Workers who suffer from asbestosis face a life of medical treatments to ease symptoms and an oxygen tank to assist with their breathing. In some severe cases, the patient may qualify for a lung transplant.
Cancers linked to asbestosis, in addition to lung cancer, include colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Odessa, TX, asbestos injury lawyer, Robert White, may be able to help you or your loved one recover a financial settlement for your current and future medical bills, replace lost income and compensate you for pain and suffering. Asbestosis lowers quality of life for individuals who are exposed to it and their families. Ask Robert White to negotiate the compensation you deserve after your years of hard work that led to exposure to asbestos. Attorney White may be able to investigate your case if you were exposed to asbestos while working here in Odessa, Midland or anywhere in the Permian Basin and Texas Hill Country. Contact our team today by calling 432-580-5421 or by filling out our free online form.