Asbestos exposure can have severely harmful effects on health, leading to cancer, mesothelioma, and even death.

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What is Asbestos?

Construction worker on roof exposed to Asbestos depicting the Asbestos Practice Area for Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were once widely used in building materials, automotive parts, and various other products due to their heat resistance and insulating properties. It is dangerous because inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer primarily affecting the lining of the lungs.

Why you may need an asbestos lawyer

You may be entitled to legal compensation from a manufacturer, employer, or other responsible party if you have suffered from asbestos exposure and developed an asbestos-related disease.   

Filing a personal injury or worker’s compensation claim can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages resulting from asbestos exposure. The best way to get the compensation you deserve is contacting an attorney with experience in personal injury or asbestos-related law for support on your legal journey.

Ultimately, Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys understand that asbestos exposure is a serious issue and believe that choosing a Shunnarah attorney to help you with your asbestosis case can help you by providing:

  • Legal knowledge about asbestos cases
  • Negotiating skills
  • Focus and dedication 
  • Commitment to getting you compensation 
  • Motivation to proceed through difficulties
  • Free consultation and more.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

Exposure to asbestos poses many health risks, including a chronic lung disease called Asbestosis. Asbestosis is a progressive and irreversible lung disease characterized by scarring and stiffening of the lung tissues. Individuals with asbestosis are also at risk for developing mesothelioma. Experienced legal experts from Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys are dedicated to getting people affected by asbestos and asbestosis get the compensation they deserve.

The symptoms of asbestosis may include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, chest tightness, weight loss from lack of appetite, and a dry crackling sound in the lungs when inhaling. In severe cases, asbestosis can also cause respiratory failure. If this sounds like you, your case is worth discussing.

Immediately begin taking notes about your symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment, and call our offices to discuss your asbestos exposure. Our attorneys have many years of experience litigating asbestos cases and can use their expertise to help you take the proper next steps.

occupations AT high-risk of asbestos exposure

Historically, there has been significant on-the-job exposure to Asbestos, particularly in industries that rely on work with older materials. Some prevalent jobs that have high exposure to Asbestos are, but not limited to:

  • Refinery Workers 
  • Electricians 
  • Bricklayers 
  • Power Plant Workers 
  • Foundry Workers 
  • Insulators 
  • Industrial Workers
  • Boiler Workers 
  • Asbestos Mining and Manufacturing 
  • Pipefitters 
  • Construction Workers 
  • Demolition Workers 
  • Mechanics 
  • Shipbuilders/Shipyard Workers 

Facts about Asbestos and ASBEStosis

  • 39,000 people lose their lives to asbestos-related disease every year.
  • The United States has not banned asbestos, even though 60 other countries around the world have banned its use. 
  • Asbestos exposure is the top cause of work-related deaths in the world. 
  • Roughly 90,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases each year all over the world. 
  • About 1.3 million U.S. workers in construction and general industry are at risk of exposure today. 
  • Research from the Mesothelioma Center shows approximately 20% of asbestos workers develop a related disease later in life. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Asbestos

How do I know if my health problems are related to asbestos exposure?

Diagnosing illnesses related to asbestos exposure can be challenging because symptoms often take decades to appear after exposure. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent cough, and chest pain. If you suspect your health problems are related to asbestos exposure, it is crucial to seek medical evaluation from a doctor familiar with asbestos-related diseases. A medical diagnosis can significantly strengthen your legal case.

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to asbestos?

If you believe you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s important to first seek medical attention to monitor your health. Legally, documenting your exposure as thoroughly as possible is crucial. This includes when, where, and under what circumstances the exposure occurred, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. Contacting a lawyer who specializes in asbestos-related cases can help you navigate the legal process to seek compensation.

What kind of compensation can I expect in an asbestos exposure lawsuit?

Compensation in asbestos exposure cases can vary widely based on the severity of your condition, the extent of your exposure, and the specifics of your case. It may include payments for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and sometimes punitive damages. In cases where the exposure leads to death, families may also receive compensation for wrongful death. Our legal team works tirelessly to maximize the compensation for each client, tailored to their specific circumstances.

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If You Think You Have Asbestosis

Reduce Your Risk Of Exposure.

Do not return to buildings or work sites where you may risk additional asbestos exposure.

Call Your Doctor.

Tell a medical professional your symptoms and get documentation of your health.

Call Shunnarah.

Our experts can help you take the first steps toward legal action.

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