What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other metal ions. Asbestos was used as insulator for many years because its fibers are strong, flexible and will not burn. The three most common varieties of asbestos fibers are chrysolite, amosite and crocidolite.
When asbestos fibers are mixed with other materials, it produces what is known as an asbestos containing material (ACM). ACM was used by the construction industry in sealants, cement pipe, wall insulation, pipe insulation and ceiling panels. It was also used by the U.S. Navy, automobile industry, railroad industry, shipping industry – and even NASA used it to insulate the Space Shuttle.
Asbestos lawsuits continue to be filed in courts across the United States – even though most plaintiffs' asbestos exposure occurred 20, 30 and even 40 years ago. Unfortunately, there are many people who were exposed to asbestos-containing products who develop asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer that don't really understand what asbestos is and what injuries continue to be reported.
The ACM dust that is released into the air from the manufacture, installation and eventual deterioration or demolition of the product cause the injuries. Because asbestos is such a small, powdery component, it can easily become airborne, inhaled by those around it and cause serious health issues that can lead to death.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that nearly 27 million American workers had asbestos exposure between 1940 and 1980 which could adversely affect their health. The Federal Government placed a moratorium on asbestos products in the early 1970s, however its use continued for many years afterward.
Do You Have an Asbestos Lawsuit?
Asbestos-related lawsuits continue today as more American workers who were exposed to asbestos are diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer – 20, 30 or 40 years later. If you or a loved one believe that your asbestos exposure has caused your injury, contact an asbestos attorney to discuss your situation as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.