Generally, workers who work in shipyards, railroads and other types of industrial sites are exposed to asbestos over a long period of time often 25 to 30 years or more. They often do not show any signs of the injury to their lungs, and then all of a sudden contract Mesothelioma which interferes with their ability to breath. Once the onset of the disease appears, they often have a year or less to live.
Therefore, it is very important for them to obtain an attorney right away and file their case. Their case is more valuable if they are alive, and they are the ones that know the places where they may have been exposed to asbestos. Industry has known about the dangers of asbestos since the 1930’s but continued to use the product in multiple commercial applications and it was often insulation in older homes.
The Sheller Law Firm has the skill, knowledge, and resources to represent the victims of all types of personal injury accidents, including asbestos poisoning, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Since 1985, the experienced attorneys at The Sheller Law Firm have been representing seriously injured clients and recovering for them the monetary compensation that they deserve for their injuries. Our firm is based in Houston, Texas, but we represent clients throughout the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos poisoning, please contact The Sheller Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Asbestos is a fireproof mineral that was widely used in the past and can be found in homes, offices, and various other buildings. Due to the danger that asbestos poses, it has not been widely used since the 1970’s, although many older homes and buildings may still contain asbestos. When an individual is exposed to asbestos, he or she may suffer from serious medical problems.
Products containing asbestos are used in a variety of professions and may affect the following workers:
- Automotive and mechanic workers
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Railroad workers
Asbestos poisoning occurs when a person inhales airborne asbestos fibers. The results of asbestos exposure may include long or short term physical consequences, especially to the lungs and digestive system. Many people do not discover that they have asbestos poisoning until ten to thirty years after they have been exposed because the symptoms may not appear right away. Asbestos poisoning has been know to cause various forms of cancer, as well as pulmonary hypertension (a rare disorder that affects blood vessels in the lungs), asbestosis disease, immunilogical effects, and other serious conditions.
Mesothelioma kills approximately 10,000 people every year. Mesothelioma is the most common form of asbestos poisoning related to cancer, although it may take up to fifty years to be identified in the victims due to the lack of noticeable signs. Some of the symptoms of Mesothelioma include breathing problems, pains in the chest, nausea, unexpected weight loss, edema, and the build up of fluid in the lungs.
In addition to Mesothelioma, asbestos poisoning can cause “Asbestosis,” a non-cancerous disorder caused by scarring that forms on the tissue of the lungs. Some signs of Asbestosis include difficulty breathing, as well as difficulties with the intake and exchange of oxygen and gases. Asbestosis may take up to thirty years to be diagnosed and may result in long lasting disabilities or death.
If you have suffered as the result of asbestos poisoning, you have the right to hire legal representation and seek monetary compensation for your asbestos poisoning injuries and related expenses. The negligent party, such as your employer or landlord, may be held accountable for their negligent actions and any injuries that they have caused. Please contact a personal injury attorney knowledgeable in asbestos at The Sheller Law Firm to learn more about your rights as a victim of asbestos poisoning.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of asbestos poisoning due to asbestos exposure, please contact an asbestos poisoning lawyer at The Sheller Law Firm to discuss your case.