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Lesser Known Occupational Risks of Asbestos Exposure

By Jim Edward Subscribe to RSS | January 20th 2012 | Views:
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It is often difficult to determine the cause of occupational diseases since it typically takes years for the disease to produce an obvious effect on a person’s health, which is the reason why most asbestos victims are seniors above the age of fifty. Asbestos has many properties that attracted the manufacturing industry. It is fire and chemical resistant, suitable for wearing and reinforcing, a bad conductor of electricity and strong under tension. Asbestos products may be bonded, meaning it is firmly bound in the matrix of a substance, or friable, meaning it is easily broken by one’s hands into fragments or reduced to powder. However, asbestos is a hazardous substance that can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, and even lung cancer.

While asbestos mining, roof insulation and insulation of steam pipes in ships and roofing materials are some of the commonly known areas associated with the occupational risks of asbestos exposure, there are many more that most people do not know about. Unfortunately, asbestos is virtually everywhere in the United States. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety has identified more than 75 occupational groups that have exposed workers to asbestos. Asbestos was used in paints, sealants, fire retardant coatings, popcorn ceilings, which is a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment, drywalls, floorings, electric appliances, joint compounds, plastics, rubber, and even mattresses. It also exists in hats, gloves, lawn furniture, and flowerpots.

Almost 10,000 people die in the United States every year from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. However, since the manufacturers were aware of the hazards, there are laws that help people seek compensation for harms done due to negligence. To seek compensation, one needs to hire a law firm that is experienced in asbestos litigation.

Baron and Budd, P.C. is a nationally acclaimed plaintiffs’ law firm that has been fighting for the rights of asbestos victims since the 1970s. Baron and Budd has a vast network of attorneys with the knowledge to identify defendants and experienced in determining where exposure to asbestos occurred. The motto of Baron and Budd is to, “Protect what’s right.” More information about the philosophy of Baron and Budd is available at http://baronandbudd.com

Jim Edward - About Author:
This article is based on Jim’s extensive research on mesothelioma and asbestos though he is not an expert in this particular field. He is up to date on what mesothelioma lawyers such as Baron and Budd are doing to fight asbestos. He prefers to share his findings with the hopes that the information will help another victim of Mesothelioma. Additionally, he regularly follows asbestos developments at www.baronandbudd.com.

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