Like many others, you may not consider the impact of exposure to certain types of substances until they begin to have a negative impact on your health. In cases involving exposure to asbestos, the implications can be very serious, having a long-term impact on your life. If you believe you came into contact with the potentially deadly substance, it is in your interests to take your situation seriously, seeking immediate medical care and support.
Asbestos is a type of fiber found in nature, and it can be useful in certain circumstances. It was common in certain industrial and construction capacities, yet it can also be quite harmful. It is only dangerous when it becomes airborne as this allows for someone to breathe in the particles. When these particles collect in the lungs, it can lead to scarring and the development of serious diseases, such as mesothelioma. Many organizations classify asbestos as a carcinogen.
What happens if exposed?
Exposure to asbestos can lead to various negative health consequences, including an elevated risk of developing certain diseases. Because of the risk that comes with exposure to asbestos, there are strict limits on how and when to use it. Those exposed to the airborne fibers of this dangerous substance face a higher risk of developing the following:
- Scarring of the lungs
- Pleural effusions
- Gastrointestinal, kidney or throat cancer
The risk of developing these conditions often depends on the duration of your exposure, the severity of the exposure, the type of work you do more. Personal risk factors, such as a history of smoking, and genetic mutations can affect how your exposure will impact your health. It is possible your exposure was the result of the type of work you do or other factors beyond your control.
Hope for victims
If you are suffering because of a sickness related to exposure to asbestos, there could be legal options available to you. An assessment of your legal options may reveal that you have grounds to pursue a claim against your North Carolina employer or other party. Each asbestos-related case is different, but an evaluation of your individual situation will help you understand the options you have. Compensation may allow you the opportunity to cover your medical expenses and address other needs you have as a result of your sickness.