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At the Prim Law Office, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping workers and their families who have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or lung disease due to asbestos exposure. Filing an asbestos-related personal injury claim can be very complex. It may be difficult to determine if you are at risk for an asbestos-related disease, or to trace your cancer or lung disease back to a particular place of exposure. However, our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience litigating asbestos cases, allowing us to help you obtain the recovery you need. To discuss your case with one of our asbestos attorneys, contact our West Virginia office today.
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A. Frequent exposure to asbestos over time increases your risks of developing an asbestos-related disease. If you were exposed to airborne friable asbestos, you may have breathed in fibers that remain embedded in your lungs. Although symptoms may not develop for several years, exposure to asbestos may cause serious lung diseases and cancer, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
A. The following include some common symptoms of asbestos-related diseases:
A. Asbestos was a widely used industrial and construction product from the 1940s to the 1980s. It was used in building materials, such as roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and cement products; in friction products, including automobile clutches, brakes and transmission parts; and in heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets and coatings. Shipyard workers, asbestos mines and mills workers, asbestos products producers, workers in the heating and construction industries, and other trades people have been found to have a high risk of asbestos exposure. In addition, family members and others living with asbestos workers may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases because of exposure to fibers in the hair and clothes of asbestos workers.
However, even present-day workers and their families may be exposed to asbestos. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Although the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets limits for acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace, asbestos is still commonly used in many products and workers may still suffer from ongoing exposure if safety precautions are not carefully followed. The only way to determine if you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease is to contact a medical specialist who is experienced in the diagnosis of asbestos-related illnesses.