If you were seriously injured, remember that it is crucial to choose the right law firm to represent your interests. We have been doing this for more than three decades, and have the resources you need to challenge any opponent.
If you are wondering how long you can be exposed to asbestos before suffering harmful effects, the fact is that there is no such thing as a “safe” level of asbestos.
The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) states that “all levels of asbestos exposure to date have demonstrated asbestos-related disease.” Therefore, any level of asbestos exposure can result in an adverse impact on your health.
When it comes to asbestos exposure in all industries (e.g. construction, shipyards, and any asbestos abatement work), the Occupational Safety and Health Commission (OSHA) has established a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter (f/cc). However, the agency fails to establish any level of “safe” asbestos exposure.
Most people have been exposed to relatively lower levels of asbestos fibers at one point in their lives, often from asbestos contamination in the inside background air that or the outside ambient air we breathe. Furthermore, those who are exposed to higher amounts of asbestos fibers on the job or coming into contact with another person who has been occupationally exposed to asbestos have a more increased risk of developing an asbestos-related illness, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Keep in mind, studies suggest that not all workers who are exposed to asbestos on the job are affected equally. A person’s vulnerability to developing an asbestos-related illness can be determined by several factors, such as the timing of initial exposures, genetics, and even smoking history.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, The Ferraro Law Firm is proud to serve clients throughout Florida and nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience and billions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, we understand what it takes to obtain the best results possible.
For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.
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