Texas Asbestos Injuries Attorney
Asbestos-related illnesses have skyrocketed over the last twenty years, and current trends indicate that the diagnoses of diseases directly caused by asbestos exposure will continue to increase. Because it often takes decades for these diseases to manifest after the actual exposure, many patients will unfortunately remain unaware of the danger of exposure until it is too late. The Texas Mesothelioma Attorneys at Hill Law Firm in Houston and San Antontio are often asked about asbestos, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Below are a few frequently asked questions.
What is asbestos?
The term “asbestos” refers to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals, which are resistant to heat and fire and which do not conduct any electricity. The fiber groups can easily be separated into threads and manipulated for use in various applications. For this reason, asbestos quickly became a popular product in construction projects beginning as early as the late 1800’s. It was popularly used for home and commercial building insulation, ship insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and automotive braking systems, and was also incorporated into paints, plastics, adhesives, ceiling and floor tiles, and gardening products.
Because asbestos has been used in such a wide variety of applications, the dangers of exposure are extremely high for a surprisingly diverse group of people. It is entirely possible that exposure may have occurred at home, in community parks, in the workplace, or any place where asbestos fibers may have been released into the air.
Due to regulations set in place by the federal government in the mid-1970’s, the actual use of asbestos today has dramatically decreased. However, the ramifications of decades-old exposures are still readily apparent, as these regulations did little to alleviate the risk of illness from buildings which already contained asbestos. Most people will therefore inevitably be exposed to asbestos at some point during their lives. The determinative factor in whether eventual health problems will manifest is the extent and duration of the exposure.
According to the Mayo Clinic, workers who were previously involved in the mining, milling, manufacturing, installation or removal of asbestos products before the late 1970s are at the highest risk of asbestos-related illnesses. Examples of those at a higher risk include:
- Asbestos miners;
- Aircraft and auto mechanics;
- Building construction workers;
- Workers removing asbestos insulation around steam pipes in older buildings;
- Shipyard workers;
- Boiler operators; and
- Railroad workers.
Additionally, those exposed to asbestos who are also smokers are at an increased risk of asbestos-related illnesses. Injuries typically associated with asbestos exposure include:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with or died from asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, call the Houston and San Antonio, Texas Mesothelioma Attorneys at Hill Law Firm today. Hill Law Firm is here to answer your questions regarding asbestos exposure, asbestosis, mesothelioma and other questions you may have regarding asbestos.