Asbestos exposure often leads to aggressive forms of cancer, specifically mesothelioma and lung cancer, the symptoms of which are typically not evident for 25 to 50 years after contact with asbestos; many workers exposed to asbestos as it was being phased out of regular use may only now show symptoms of its effects or may not even be aware that they are ill. If you or a family member developed mesothelioma or lung cancer that may be linked to asbestos, a New York City asbestos exposure attorney can help you through this challenging experience and fight for the financial peace of mind you need.
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Asbestos Use in the United States
Asbestos is the name applied to a group of fibrous minerals that became desirable to a number of industries thanks to their low cost, high strength, resistance to heat, lack of electrical conductivity and bonding abilities.
Asbestos timeline in the US
- 1920’s: Companies became aware that asbestos exposure had serious side effects
- 1940’s-1960’s: Asbestos use peaked in the U.S., especially the construction, automotive, shipping, oil, and gas industries
- 1970’s-1980’s: Federal restrictions on asbestos are implemented
- 1989: The EPA issues an Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule
- 1991: The Asbestos ban is overturned under the premise that it would be “too difficult” to remove asbestos from all buildings and products that make use of it
Today, some specific asbestos-containing products are banned, and the use of asbestos in goods that have not historically contained asbestos is also barred. Many products can still legally carry trace amounts of asbestos.
Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibers are inhaled and accumulate in the lungs. Over time, asbestos particles contribute to the cell mutations that can cause two types of cancer:
The dangers of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer are compounded by the fact that their symptoms take decades to become evident and are shared by other more common medical conditions. In most cases, asbestos exposure victims are not diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer until the condition is in an advanced stage.
Methods of Asbestos Exposure
Occupational asbestos exposure is the most common source of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, but contamination can occur by other means as well. In recent years, for instance, the debris left behind by natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy has posed an acute asbestos exposure risk.
Many people have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer following asbestos exposure in their homes. Because asbestos fibers are prone to sticking on clothing and are easily transferred to others, family members of individuals who worked directly with asbestos have also become ill due to second-hand asbestos exposure.
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