Asbestos Exposure Settlement Lawsuit
Asbestos is a mineral substance that is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials. Inhaling asbestos fibers over a long period of time can cause serious illnesses. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Asbestos disease, compensation may be available to you. $90 million was just awarded to eleven families.
To participate in this lawsuit you must meet the following requirements:
1) you must have been exposed to asbestos; and
2) you must have been diagnosed with asbestos disease
The legal action in favor of asbestos victims is structured as a mass tort lawsuit (learn why that’s important to you). Unlike class action lawsuits, a mass tort lawsuit treats each claimant (victim) as an individual. What this means to you is that a separate, individual lawsuit against the manufacturer is filed upon your behalf. It is worth noting that settlements in these cases often result in large sums of money being awarded to the claimant; the majority going to you and a much lesser amount to the attorney. Also there is NEVER any upfront payment to the attorney or any out-of-pocket expenses for which you are responsible.
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Asbestos Exposure and the Associated Risks
Asbestos, a fiber-containing mineral, is a highly harmful element that affects the human health. Usually, you can be exposed to asbestos when products containing this mineral are disturbed. As a result, tiny microscopic fibers are released into the air. These particles enter your lungs when you breathe. Once in your lungs the particles will be trapped there for a long time period. Their presence in the lungs eventually leads to a number of serious health issues.
What makes asbestos exposure so common is the fact that this element is used in a lot of products that are used on daily basis. Asbestos fibers are poor conductor of electricity and they are firmly resistant to chemicals, heat and fire, making them a common component in automotive, construction and other industries. This means that most of the people working in these industries are commonly exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. And many Americans are still endangered by asbestos
The Side Effects of Asbestos
Here are some common side effects that are caused by continuous asbestos exposure:
- Lung cancer
- Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that usually affects the lining of abdomen, chest cavity or lungs
- Asbestosis, a condition that can cause scarring of lungs and inflammation, resulting in constant coughing and shortness of breath
- Pleural effusions, a condition where fluid gathers between the lungs and the chest
- Pleural plaques, thickening or changes in membranes around the lungs
Of all the problems caused by asbestos exposure, the increased risk of cancer is the most alarming one. Not only is asbestos exposure related to lung cancer and Mesothelioma, but it is also assumed to play a part in the development of other cancers like the cancer of brain, throat, kidney, bladder, gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder and voice box among others. Therefore, if anyone is unnecessarily exposed to asbestos, whether at the workplace or due to the actions of any other entity, and is found to suffer from these dangerous side-effects of the mineral, they have the right to claim legal compensation.
Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure
If you are unsure about whether you are suffering from any of the side-effects caused by asbestos exposure, here are some things you should look out for:
- Chest pains
- Chest tightness
- Continuous cough with mucus
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Crackling sound when breathing
- Difficulty in breathing
- Chest pains
- Blood clotting
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Bowel obstruction
Any of these symptoms can indicate that you are suffering from asbestos exposure and need to consider proper treatment immediately. Also, you can claim legal compensation from those responsible for causing asbestos exposure.