Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Abestos and mesothelioma

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals, such crystals include chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. The word asbestos has its roots from a Greek adjective meaning inextinguishable. The Greeks termed asbestos the miracle mineral because of its soft and pliant properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat.

Asbestos is toxic. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, ranging from malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, to asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Since the mid 1980s, many uses of asbestos have been banned in several countries. Mesotheliomas have been observed in people who were occupationally exposed to chrysotile, family members of the occupationally exposed, and residents who lived close to asbestos factories and mines.

People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are often entitled to compensation, and working with an aggressive and experienced mesothelioma attorney make a big difference. Many manufacturers of asbestos have gone bankrupt over the years and only an experienced lawyer can help victims receive compensations.

Like many other dangerous products, the manufacturers of asbestos knew about its dangers before they revealed it to the public. As a result thousands of people were needlessly exposed to this dangerous substance

The statute of limitations for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cases varies from state to state and it is important to learn about your specific rights so that your case has the best chances for success. Enlisting the help of a skilled Mesothelioma Lawyer experienced in mesothelioma litigation will help guide you and your family on the right path to the medical and financial support you deserve.

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