Thursday, June 04, 2009

Asbestos exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the surface of the earth. It contains strong fibers that have excellent durability, fire resistance and insulating properties. This substance is commonly used in the shipbuilding industry, housing and construction business. Its fibers are 50 to 200 times thinner than a human hair and it can float in the air for a long time. It can be invisible to the naked eye and can also be breathed into the lungs.

Yet prolonged exposure to this toxic substance can lead to the risk of cancer. Specifically Mesothelioma which is a fatal form of lung cancer incurred from Asbestos exposure. This disease is most likely to affect employees in industries which use asbestos materials like construction workers, contractors, auto mechanics and those in the shipbuilding business.

The use of all forms of asbestos was banned nationally since 31 December 2003. Since its ban, cancer victims have a difficult time asking for compensation. An experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer will be a good ally in their fight against these giant corporations. The companies knew about the toxicity of asbestos but they didn't reveal it right away. As a result thousands of people were needlessly exposed to this lethal substance.


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