If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may be concerned about the long-term health effects. Asbestosis is a natural mineral product that was previously used in products such as insulation, cement, vinyl flooring and fire-resistant materials. It was popular in the past due to its resistance to heat and corrosion.
The problem with long-term asbestos exposure is that it can take anywhere from 20 to 30 years to realize the effects. One of the serious disorders associated with asbestos exposure is known as asbestosis. It is a breathing disorder resulting from inhaling asbestos fibers. Scarring of lung tissue and shortness of breath can occur as the fibers accumulate in the lungs.
Symptoms of asbestosis don’t usually develop until there is damage and scarring of the lungs. Asbestosis symptoms typically include shortness of breath, decreased ability to perform physical activities, coughing, chest pain and finger deformity, known as clubbing.
You should seek medical attention if you have been exposed to asbestos for a long period of time, especially if you are experiencing any of the signs of asbestosis. If your condition was caused by someone else’s negligence, such as in the case of a negligent vessel owner, you may be able to hold that person liable for you illness. Contact Attorney Steve Lee for legal advice at 713-921-4171 or 800-232-3711 today.