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Guide to Asbestos Exposure: What Is It?

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on February 6, 2024

If you are building a new home, working on a construction site, or drinking contaminated water, you may be exposed to asbestos. This strong, heat-resistant fiber has been used in construction materials, manufactured goods, and building materials. Asbestos was often used for insulation and as a fire retardant, but when the material is disturbed, it releases into the air and can be dangerous for those exposed to the fibers. 

If you are exposed to asbestos and suffer health issues, The Williams Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you seek the justice you deserve. We have never lost a case, so you can trust us to handle your claim effectively. We take a personalized approach, working closely with you to develop a plan tailored to your needs. Our founding partner with over 30 years of experience, Joe Williams, will meet with you in your home to work on your case, giving you the peace of mind that you are in the right hands. 

How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?

While most U.S. companies stopped using asbestos decades ago, it still exists in many older homes and buildings, so individuals can be exposed to asbestos in various ways. The fiber may be present in several building materials that are used in the following:

  • Attics
  • Wall insulation
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Roof siding and shingles
  • Textured paint
  • Hot water and steam pipes
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automotive parts

Asbestos exposure occurs when the material is disturbed, often by demolition, construction, remodeling, or repairing. This releases the harmful fibers into the air, making those who breathe it in more vulnerable to health issues. Asbestos can remain in the air for several hours, and because it is so light, it can become airborne easily and quickly. Therefore, any amount of asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, even if symptoms often don’t present for years.

How Does Asbestos Exposure Affect Your Health?

When asbestos is inhaled, the fibers can lodge in the lungs, leading to scarring, inflammation, and respiratory problems. Smoking can further increase the risk of potential asbestos-related conditions. Depending on the length of exposure and the amount of damage done, victims may experience the following health effects:

  • Mesothelioma: A type of cancer in the lung’s lining, chest, abdomen, and heart.
  • Lung cancer: Cancer that develops inside the lung that can take many years to develop.
  • Asbestosis: A long-term, serious condition that causes inflammation, lung tissue scarring, and difficulty breathing.

If you suffer from any of these conditions or another issue due to asbestos exposure, The Williams Law Firm, P.C. can help you hold the liable party accountable for their negligence and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your losses. Whether you were exposed at work, school, or other locations, we are here to support you every step of the way and fight for your rights. 

Seek Justice With the Experienced Team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. in New York

Despite strict government regulations on asbestos, many homes, office buildings, and other structures contain asbestos. In events like natural disasters, construction, and remodeling, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and leave people at risk of developing conditions like lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with a condition due to asbestos exposure, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

When working with the seasoned team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our lead attorney, Joe Williams, works closely with you to secure a fair settlement and improve your quality of life. We understand the importance of your claim and handle your case with the individual attention and the utmost respect it deserves. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (855) 575-6376 or fill out our contact form today.

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