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Health Hazards of Exposure to Asbestos & Legal Options Available to Victims

Asbestos exposure in Texas requires careful attention and awareness, given the potential health risks associated with this harmful substance. For many years, asbestos was deemed a "miracle mineral" due to its natural ability to resist heat and fire; however, it is now known to be a silent killer that can cause many different types of cancer.

In Texas, industries such as construction and shipbuilding have made extensive use of this harmful substance, exposing millions of people to it and resulting in thousands of lawsuits. If you’ve been exposed, contacting a knowledgeable asbestos lawyer can help you explore the many legal options for asbestos victims in Texas.

Asbestos and Its Major Uses

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that has been widely used in construction materials and other products due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties. There are six basic types of asbestos used in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Although it is not illegal, asbestos use is strictly restricted in the US due to health concerns. Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to severe health problems with life-long consequences. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, you should seek immediate medical attention and contact an attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.

Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure
  1. Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is strongly linked to asbestos exposure, as the fibers can become lodged in the lungs or other organs and cause cellular damage over time. Eight out of ten mesothelioma patients have been exposed to asbestos, proving a link between the two.
  2. Lung cancer occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled; they can cause significant damage to lung tissue. Asbestos-related lung cancer often occurs in conjunction with other lung conditions, such as asbestosis. Victims of asbestos-related lung cancer often experience chronic symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the neck and face, and others.
  3. Asbestosis is a chronic respiratory condition caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Scarring of lung tissue occurs as a result of the body's attempt to remove or encase the fibers, leading to difficulty breathing and reduced oxygen intake.
Legal Options for Asbestos Victims

Finding a dedicated firm of lawyers like the top Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw can be a vital part of your recovery. Our attorneys can help you navigate any of the following legal processes:

Workers' Compensation

In many cases, asbestos-related health issues can be traced back to workplace exposure. Victims may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits for medical expenses and lost wages.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

Those who develop asbestos-related illnesses may be able to seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits. These legal claims often involve proving that a company or person negligently exposed the victim to asbestos, resulting in their illness.

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

Many asbestos manufacturers have filed for bankruptcy and established trust funds to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. For those diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, filing a claim with one of these trusts may be an option.

Contact us at 800-862-1260 toll-free to learn more about any of these options and to find out how we can help you. Your initial consultation is free. Our representatives are available 24/7 to take your call and can do so in English or Spanish at your request.

Our Team of Attorneys Fights for Justice

Our firm understands that awareness campaigns and strict safety measures are essential to mitigating asbestos health hazards and protecting individuals from the associated risks; however, these measures unfortunately cannot always prevent asbestos exposure.

If you have been exposed, visit Carabin Shaw reviews to see what we have done for past clients. Additionally, we offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so our clients do not stress about attorney fees when seeking help with their asbestos cases.

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