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Asbestos exposure could lead to a higher risk of cancer

Apr 23, 2022 | Uncategorized

Cancer is a disease that affects different parts of the body, and one’s survival rate and the effectiveness of treatment often depends on how early an individual gets a proper diagnosis. In many cases, exposure to certain things can elevate a person’s risk that he or she will develop cancer in the future, sometimes even decades later. Asbestos is one of these things as victims of exposure face an elevated risk of some of the most serious types of cancer. 

Asbestos exposure can happen in many different places, but it often happens in the workplace or as a result of a person’s job. Those who develop mesothelioma and other types of serious illnesses due to contact with this dangerous substance could have grounds for a civil claim. There may be legal options available for those suffering due to toxic exposure even decades previously. 

The dangers of asbestos 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used for specific industrial purposes such as roofing, insulation, sound absorption, fireproofing and more. Even though it is a natural substance, it can be exceptionally dangerous when someone breathes in asbestos fibers. These particles can become trapped and remain in the lungs for years. The accumulation of these fibers can lead to scarring, eventually causing difficulty breathing and sometimes the development of mesothelioma and other lung diseases. 

The likelihood that asbestos exposure will lead to the development of lung disease or cancer depends on the type of fibers, the duration and frequency of exposure, individual health factors and more. If there is a risk of asbestos exposure in the workplace, employers are responsible for providing proper training on how to proceed and provide necessary safety equipment. It is also possible to come into contact with asbestos in older homes and buildings. 

Do you have a case? 

If you developed a lung disease, cancer or mesothelioma because of contact with asbestos, you may have a valid legal case. It will be in your interests to seek a careful assessment of your individual situation in order to understand the legal options available to you. 

The Texas civil justice system provides you with the opportunity to seek fair compensation and recovery of certain losses. You may be able to secure recompense for your medical care, long-term needs, lost wages and more. After a diagnosis connected with possible asbestos exposure, you will benefit from taking immediate action as these cases may be time sensitive.