Mesothelioma: The Devastating Toll of Asbestos Exposure, by Georgia Mesothelioma Attorneys


January 15, 2011

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was widely used commercially in many different products including construction, insulation and fireproofing materials. Those exposed to asbestos may develop various forms of cancer, as well as pulmonary hypertension (a rare disorder that affects blood vessels in the lungs), asbestosis disease, immunological effects, and other serious conditions. Asbestos exposure is the only identified cause of a rare form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the thin layer of cells that line the body's internal organs. Mesothelioma claims the lives of over ten thousand people in the U.S. each year. Workers in many industries were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. If you have suffered an asbestos-related illness, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your asbestos-related injuries and accompanying expenses. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, provides legal representation for those who suffer asbestos related illnesses and injuries throughout Atlanta and ALL of Georgia.

The primary danger from asbestos arises from inhaling asbestos fibers, which then remain in the lungs permanently. If asbestos fibers are in the air, they are readily breathed into the lungs because they are both small and aerodynamic. Asbestos exposure is the single known cause of mesothelioma. Someone who inhales asbestos fibers may suffer inflammation of internal tissues and disruption of organ functions that eventually results in the development of mesothelioma, other asbestos-related cancers and asbestosis. The risk of asbestos related diseases, such as, mesothelioma increases significantly with greater or more long-term exposure to asbestos.

Industrial laborers were widely subjected to asbestos exposure on the job, as the material was widely used. Few of those who suffered exposure realized they were being exposed to asbestos and thus put at risk for mesothelioma. A few examples of work settings that commonly used products containing asbestos exposure include:

  • Automotive and auto repair industry
  • Construction and building trades
  • Factories
  • Railroad industry

Asbestos can also lead to "asbestosis," a serious disorder caused by scarring of lung tissue. Common signs of asbestosis include difficulty breathing or the intake and exchange of oxygen and gases. Asbestosis may take up to thirty years to be diagnosed and may result in long-term disability or death.

Mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases may take many years to be diagnosed due to the lack of noticeable indications of the disease. Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma include breathing problems, pains in the chest, nausea, unexpected weight loss, edema, and the build up of fluid in the lungs. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos and are suffering serious symptoms, you should seek a medical evaluation immediately and contact an experienced Georgia mesothelioma attorney. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent those who suffer occupational illnesses throughout the state of Georgia. Our Georgia mesothelioma attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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