If you have worked in a Minnesota mine, mill or spray insulation industry, you are at risk for asbestos exposure. One particular illness, asbestosis, is a breathing disorder that often causes devastating life consequences and, in worst cases, even death. Those afflicted with this or other asbestos-related illnesses often need daily living assistance and legal support.
Asbestos is comprised of microscopic fibers that are dangerous to human health if ingested or inhaled. Asbestosis occurs when those fibers reach the alveoli, thus causing injury to the lungs. Although the body is equipped with cells that react to alveoli infection by attempting to digest asbestos fibers, these fibers are particularly resistant to breakdown as opposed to other chemicals or dust particles that can be broken down and eliminated through the body’s defense mechanisms. As the body continues to unsuccessfully attempt to break down asbestos fibers, alveoli become inflamed and scarred.
This is known as fibrosis which, in time, can result in asbestosis. Inability to exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide creates diminished lung capacity. Symptoms of this illness include breathing difficulty, chest discomfort, decreased appetite, clubbing of fingers and persistent coughing.
Living with asbestosis is challenging at best and completely devastating at worst. Most asbestos injury victims dealing with this or other work-related illnesses find their daily life experiences ranging from one to the other. The good news is that Sieben Polk P.A. can help anyone in Minnesota who is facing such problems seek legal accountability against any and all parties deemed liable for his or her suffering.