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14 Signs You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos and Need to Take Action

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on October 20, 2023

Invisible threats often pose the gravest danger, and one such peril lurking in our midst is asbestos. Asbestos was celebrated for its versatility and fire-resistant properties for decades, finding its way into countless industries, buildings, and products. Even though we now know asbestos is linked to mesothelioma and other severe diseases, it is still prevalent in several workplaces. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, including chest pain or shortness of breath, seeking treatment and legal help as soon as possible is essential. 

After seeking medical care, your next step should be contacting a skilled legal professional. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our lead trial attorney, Joe Williams, is dedicated to helping his clients achieve justice for the full scope of their losses. He has over three decades of experience achieving favorable outcomes for his clients and helping them recover compensation for their treatment costs and other damages. He understands how challenging mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions can be and will meet you in your home to begin working on your case. 

Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can mimic other conditions, making it essential to pay attention to any worrying symptoms. Asbestos exposure primarily impacts the lungs and abdomen. A few signs of asbestos exposure include the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Crackling sound when breathing
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Accumulation of fluid in the space surrounding the lungs

If asbestos exposure has impacted your abdomen, you may experience symptoms in the throat, stomach, and colon. Some symptoms to be aware of include the following:

  • Abdominal swelling and distention
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hernia
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Clubbed fingers

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is critical to seek immediate medical care. Asbestos exposure can result in life-altering diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, making it critical to make seeking treatment your first priority. 

Occupations With a Higher Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Typically, individuals who were exposed to asbestos were put at risk by their employer. Asbestos is still prevalent in many industries, making it an unfortunate risk in many workplaces. If you are employed in one of the following occupations, you may be at a greater risk of asbestos exposure:

  • First responders
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Auto mechanics
  • Drywall installers
  • Painters
  • Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians
  • Cement and asphalt workers
  • Construction workers
  • Office workers who work in older office buildings

If you suspect you have been exposed to asbestos, it is critical to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A seasoned mesothelioma and asbestos attorney will be familiar with these cases’ unique complexities and more equipped to fight for the compensation you deserve. Your attorney will investigate your case to determine the cause of your exposure as well as who may be held accountable for your losses. 

Contact a First-Class Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our compassionate team understands how serious it is to bring forward a mesothelioma claim and will treat your case as our cause. Our renowned lead attorney, Joe Williams, has never lost a case and is ready to fight for you. He tailors his approach to each client’s unique needs and will work tirelessly for a favorable outcome as you focus on your health. 

To schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, call us today at (855) 575-6376 or complete our online contact form.

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