If you believe that you or someone you know has legal claims for an illness that is caused by asbestos exposure, you can look for specialist law firms that handle asbestos claims.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals which is commercially used for their desired physical properties. Silicate minerals make up the largest and most important rock-forming minerals, instituting approximately 90% of the crust of the earth. Generally, the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause very serious illnesses such as malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, which is rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to amphibole asbestos, and asbestosis which is a type of pneumoconiosis.
Asbestos illnesses, of course, when not treated, could cause death and people who are suffering from such diseases or illnesses have been entitled to claim compensation for their illness for a number of years. Those who were affected by secondary exposure most recently found out that they too can actually claim for compensation.
Asbestos-Related Legal Claims
Back in the day there were still some people who were unaware of the deadly diseases or illnesses caused by asbestos and they are the ones who most likely used it habitually. A lot of people also were exposed to the danger of asbestos because of their jobs and those who contracted diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma are now claiming compensation from their employers. In fact, many have been doing so only since 1972 because the symptoms of the illnesses do not occur after many years of being exposed to it.
There are lawyers who are working specifically for people who incurred asbestos illnesses, diseases or injuries because this area of law is very specialized and well-developed. These lawyers can already tell you, based on your specific case, whether you stand a chance of recovering some, if not all of your expenses or get some compensation for your health problems from anyone who may be responsible for what happened. The case of asbestos claims can be very beneficial for attorneys which is why there is a lot of competition for business among these types of firms.
More recently, the medical profession came to realize that it is not only those who were primarily exposed to asbestos who are in danger of contracting illnesses or diseases but also people who are around the person who was exposed, such as his family and friends. This happens when they regularly came into contact with the person who was exposed to asbestos while they still have the fiber or dust on their work clothes. What often happens is that the partner or the relative of the person of those who worked with asbestos on a daily basis inhales the substance as well and this could even happen while washing their work clothes or overalls. This is why there are many women who also filed for claims because they became sick from asbestos as well. Interviews with the victims were of course conducted and it showed that most of them would usually shake out the work clothes before washing them therefore unconsciously releasing more of the dust and fiber particles into the air they were breathing.