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Asbestos poisoning or asbestosis occurs due to prolonged and constant exposure to asbestos. Illnesses caused by asbestos poisoning are fatal, aggressive and incurable. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they will penetrate in lung tissues and become lodged in the lung lining, causing deep scarring and often leading to chronic breathing impairment and cancer. Asbestos exposure may also result in mesothelioma which directly affects the protective lining of the major organs such as lungs, heart and abdomen.
The diagnosis of asbestos poisoning can be somewhat difficult because symptoms of asbestos poisoning or its related diseases such as mesothelioma or asbestosis do not manifest until decades after exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma risk factors are anything that increases a person’s chance of getting a disease. Asbestos exposure is the main risk factor for developing mesothelioma. Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos for a long time on the job are more likely to get asbestos cancer than those who have not been exposed to asbestos.Various studies have reported that more than 85 percent of mesothelioma cases are linked to asbestos exposure.
A recent hearing has given permission for claimants to pursue General Motors (GM) for asbestos-related recoveries. This could end up costing GM billions of dollars not counting future claims which will end up costing GM even more. GM is said to have used asbestos in the manufacturing of brake lining in the past but due to the latency period workers are now showing signs of asbestos-related illnesses. In general, workers who are exposure to asbestos have worked directly with asbestos or have repaired or handled something that has asbestos in it
Thousands of mesothelioma cases have been filed over the years since the government passed laws to make companies who produce, distribute and utilize asbestos-based products liable to individuals who develop mesothelioma. As a result, we have seen a systematic approach followed by many asbestos lawyers in order to secure a positive result for mesothelioma victims.