Many years ago, builders and manufacturers came upon a mineral that proved to be the wave of the future in the industry.
The mineral asbestos is six naturally occurring minerals that have been produced into many different types of products that run throughout several industries. Asbestos fibers can’t be burned or destroyed so they show an indestructible quality. And it also has tremendous tensile strength and replaced previous products with its superior quality and as a cheaper resource.
Due to its many accolades the asbestos fibers were known as “The Magic Mineral.” But soon it would become apparent that this magic would turn into poison.
Asbestos is an industrial toxin that invades a person’s lungs and respiratory system. This is done by the asbestos fibers creating a cloud of poisonous dust whenever products were cut, snapped, sliced, and even blown out. Asbestos is colorless, odorless and the fibers are invisible to the naked eye.
Asbestos exposure would then lead to the development of a disease called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lung. Doctors diagnose an estimated 3,000 cases of mesothelioma a year in the United States, and the majority of those are traced to job-related exposure. Mesothelioma can take anywhere from 20 years to 60 years to show symptoms and signs of exposure to asbestos. The diagnosis of this disease is typically poor and currently no cure exists.
Despite the often poor prognosis of someone who has malignant mesothelioma, there are a number of encouraging stories of success. These patients need to be able to seek compensation and recover from the harm that exposure to asbestos has caused to them and their families.