Most people have heard of asbestos, but don’t know that there are actually six different types of this dangerous mineral. Asbestos was used in its various forms for millions of construction projects prior to 1980, when its use was banned because it was found to cause deadly conditions. Exposure to any of the six types of asbestos can be dangerous and may lead to asbestos-related diseases or cancers. However, some types of asbestos were more commonly used than others, making exposure to them more likely. The six different types of asbestos have very similar effects for those people who are exposed to them.
Asbestos is known to be a harmful substance, and it can cause several very serious physical conditions that can affect the rest of a person’s life. Most of these conditions gradually worsen over time, but won’t show signs of their presence until years after a person was initially exposed. The development of an asbestos-related condition usually follows these steps:
Inhalation of broken asbestos fibers.
Attachment of the fibers to a person’s lungs.
Gradual irritation of lungs and development of scar tissue.
Deepening of scar tissue into cancerous tumor.
Spread of cancer or other harmful conditions.
Anyone who worked with or around asbestos could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, however, the following workers are more likely to have encountered asbestos in their careers:
Prior to 1979, construction workers were frequently required to work in close proximity to asbestos if not to be involved in its direct handling. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a number of severe health concerns, including the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Many construction workers have developed and continue to develop mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure in the workplace.
Asbestos is a natural mineral and extremely strong, fire-resistant material that was commonly used in construction work--particularly in plumbing and flooring materials--prior to the 1980s. While its toxicity has been widely scrutinized in recent years, many people remain unaware of its hazardous properties. Asbestos in its complete form is not dangerous, but when its fibers are broken and inhaled, they can attach themselves to a person’s lungs and cause a number of damaging complications.
Asbestos exposure can lead to long term suffering and, in some cases, death. Those who were wrongfully exposed might qualify for financial compensation. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and is now suffering from an asbestos-related condition, contact an experienced Houston asbestos attorney of Williams Hart today.