National Asbestos Lawyers in Houston
Asbestos is a material that was commonly used during the mid 20th century by manufacturers and builders. It was used for electrical, pipe and building insulation, fire retardant coatings, roofing, fireproof drywall, ship building and more. However, exposure to asbestos has been linked to serious injuries including mesothelioma and various other types of cancers, and asbestosis. Many of these cancers are specific to asbestos exposure and not caused by anything else. There are currently asbestos lawsuits filed all across the country.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed cancer or have an asbestos related cancer, you may be entitled to legal compensation. We are a team of compassionate attorneys who handle personal injury cases all across the country. We have represented many people with various types of cancers and have been through this struggle with our clients. We understand that when you, or a loved one, is suffering from a major illness, that it is hard on the entire family. And we prioritize placing our client’s needs first. Contact the Vickery & Shepherd asbestos lawyers about your asbestos injury today for a free legal consultation.
Asbestos Exposure and Side Effects
Asbestos was officially labeled a Class A Human Carcinogen in 1980. People can be exposed to asbestos both from working directly with the product itself or by simply being in the presence of disturbed asbestos. Exposure can be from either your home or the workplace. Asbestos fibers can be released into the air, and when inhaled, they can get trapped in the lungs, causing serious health problems, including many forms of cancer.
Asbestos exposure can cause:
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma and lung cancer were the first kinds of cancer to be linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly type of cancer that can affect the tissues surrounding your lungs, abdomen, heart and testicles. The latency period for mesothelioma, the time it takes between when one is exposed to asbestos and when the disease develops, is 20 to 50 years.
Lung Cancer: The relationship between asbestos exposure and lung cancer was first made in 1935 and was later confirmed in 1942. According to The Mesothelioma Center, asbestos lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the US. There are an estimated 4,800 deaths related to asbestos lung cancer each year. Like Mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer also has a long latency period. On average, it takes 15 to 35 years for lung cancer to develop after exposure to asbestos.
Other Cancers: In addition to Mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestos exposure has also been linked to other cancers including ovarian, laryngeal, gastrointestinal and colorectal.
Asbestosis: Asbestosis is a breathing disorder with scarring of lung tissue caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, and sometimes deformity of the fingers. Asbestosis also increases your risks of developing lung cancer.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos, either by working directly with the product or by being in an environment where asbestos has been disturbed, can be at risk. In particular, people who worked in mining, manufacturing, railroads, shipyards, or who installed or removed asbestos before the late 1970’s are at risk.
1930s – researchers started seeing an increased rate of cancer in people who had been exposed to asbestos.
Late 1970’s – Asbestos use banned in gas fireplaces and wallboard patching compounds by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because asbestos fibers could be released during use.
1980 – Asbestos was officially determined to be a Class A Human Carcinogen.
1989 – EPA banned all new uses of asbestos and created regulations requiring schools to inspect their buildings for damaged asbestos and to decrease or eliminate exposure.
Contact Vickery & Shepherd Asbestos Lawyers
If you or a loved one is suffering from asbestos-related injuries, contact Vickery & Shepherd today. You may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys have experience handling cases across the country and in working with cancer victims. We strive to seek justice for all of our clients.