Asbestos is a dangerous substance that has been found to cause cancer. One of the most common illnesses that can result from exposure to asbestos is mesothelioma. Surprisingly, asbestos in some forms is still legal in the United States. New legislation was introduced in Congress that would put stricter asbestos restrictions in place. The bill is known as The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019. The bill would ban the importation and use of asbestos within one year of enactment. The bill is named for Alan Reinstein, the late husband of Linda Reinstein, the president of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
How Is Asbestos Harmful?
Asbestos is a group of silicate materials that occur in nature. Asbestos has been mined for thousands of years. In the 1900s, builders and manufacturers found that asbestos was good material for use in construction. It provided insulation and at the same time was naturally fire-resistant. This made it very popular for the use of insulation in both commercial and residential buildings.
Asbestos is made up of millions of tiny fibers. When they get into the air they can be breathed into the lungs where they can cause harm. Those who worked with asbestos in the installation process or in the removal of asbestos could have been exposed to the material and may have a higher risk of cancer. When asbestos is disturbed, it can be a hazard for any individuals who breathe the nearby air.
About Mesothelioma Poisoning
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a layer of tissue that is a covering for many organs. Pleural mesothelioma is associated with the lungs. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and the form of cancer is considered aggressive. A person may have mesothelioma for years without showing any symptoms. When the symptoms do occur, the disease has often progressed. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss and coughing that may be painful.
Those who worked with or near asbestos in any capacity could be at risk for mesothelioma or other breathing issues related to asbestos. These injuries are often work-related and affect construction workers, builders and others who had to work near asbestos on a regular basis. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma that was caused by exposure at work, you may be owed compensation. You and your family may be entitled to money for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Asbestos-related illnesses may not be diagnosed for years following exposure. However, that should not preclude you from seeking compensation from the negligent employer. Remember that you have rights, and although a mesothelioma case can be complex, you should be compensated for this serious medical problem. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney will help review the details of your situation and determine the best way to proceed. Contact the Atlanta legal team at The Bader Law Firm to discuss the details of your case during a free initial consultation.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.