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Make no mistake, asbestos is a toxic substance

These days, there seem to be plenty of toxic substances that threaten the health of people here in Georgia and across the county. That may make hearing about a substance that is not in use as much as others are a bit confusing. Asbestos may not be used as much today as it was 40 or 50 years ago, but it continues to plague those exposed to it and still exists in older structures and products.

First, asbestos occurs in abundance in nature. This made the use of this fibrous and durable substance a cost-effective material for use in many products such as ceiling tiles, brake pads and insulation. Most people are exposed to asbestos through their work. The more exposure a person has to it, the higher the risk of developing serious or fatal health conditions up to decades afterward.

Being exposed to the substance on a routine basis could lead to conditions such as asbestosis or mesothelioma. Asbestosis is characterized by fibrous scarring of the lungs. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that develops in the abdomen or chest. Even brief exposure to this toxic substance can lead to an asbestos-related illness that may not appear for several years (often between 10 and 40 years) after the first exposure.

How do you know whether prior exposure will make you sick? Unfortunately, many people have no idea. They simply begin exhibiting symptoms many years later, and it could take some time to link asbestos to a health issue. Once discovered, you may wonder whether you can pursue compensation for your illness, especially if it was work-related. A Georgia attorney who deals with these claims routinely could more than likely answer your questions and help you in your pursuit.  

Source: FindLaw, "What is Asbestos?", Accessed on Oct. 14, 2017

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