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How asbestos affects the lungs

Sometimes the most dangerous substances are the hardest to see with the naked eye. Asbestos is a perfect example of this frustrating reality. At its most basic, asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral. Because it is heat-resistant, it is often used in insulation, fire-resistant fabrics and other ubiquitous materials. And although asbestos is practically invisible, it is incredibly dangerous.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen. It is unquestionably toxic, although individuals are often not sickened until years after exposure to this material. Inhaling asbestos can lead to severe inflammation in the lungs. And while this does not seem like a terrible reality, the ways in which asbestos affects the lungs as a result of that inflammation can be catastrophic and even fatal.

Asbestos in the body

Exposure can lead to a host of different diagnoses over time. Three of the most challenging diagnoses that patients exposed to asbestos may face include lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diagnoses tend to develop after asbestos fibers have become embedded in lung tissue. The inflammation resulting from this process leads to the development of fluid buildup that impedes breathing, cancerous tumors and dangerous levels of scar tissue.

Responding legally

Over the past several decades, numerous laws have helped to cut down on the public's exposure to asbestos. However, it remains available enough that individuals continue to be newly sickened by it. In addition, many individuals only become sickened by asbestos years and even decades after exposure.

The idea of holding anyone accountable for asbestos-related illness years after exposure can seem hopeless. But it is important to seek legal guidance following an asbestos-related diagnosis because filing a successful personal injury suit is possible. Asbestos cases tend to be complex, so it is generally a good idea to speak with an attorney well-versed in these kinds of cases specifically. Meeting with an attorney does not obligate you to any specific course of action but it will allow you to make an informed decision about your situation.

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