October 26, 2021

Asbestos

Washington Mesothelioma Lawyers

Asbestos is a group of mineral fibers found naturally in the ground.  Its use dates back centuries when the Greeks used it to weave cloth, and later the Romans used it to construct their buildings.  The strong, flexible fiber is very easy to work with and to incorporate into other materials.  It is resistant to heat, flame, and chemicals, and it does not conduct electricity. These characteristics made asbestos extremely popular for use in manufacturing and other commercial purposes, including many industries in Washington State.  However, after years of use, asbestos was found to have just as many negative characteristics, as it became linked to mesothelioma cancer and other terrible diseases.

Asbestos FibersSymptoms of malignant mesothelioma can take years to appear, but many times it is preceded by a chronic lung disease called asbestosis, which slowly affects the ability to breathe.  Asbestosis scars the lungs, affecting their ability to transfer oxygen to the blood.  Lung function slowly deteriorates, usually resulting in respiratory failure.

In addition to asbestosis and mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause other types of cancer including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colon cancer

The health risks of asbestos were being discovered as early as the turn of the 20th century, but unfortunately, its usage continued well after the dangers were identified. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you could be at risk for developing mesothelioma or one of the other illnesses listed here.  You may be entitled to benefits and compensation, so contact one of our Washington mesothelioma lawyers at 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732).   An initial consultation is free of charge.