What is asbestos?
Asbestos was named by the ancient Greeks who also recognized certain hazards of the material
Asbestos refers to group of minerals with long, fibrous crystals. The word “asbestos” is derived from a Greek adjective meaning inextinguishable. The Greeks termed asbestos the “miracle mineral” because of its soft and pliant properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat.
Unfortunately, this “miracle material” is now known to be highly toxic. The inhalation of asbestos fibers is known to cause very specific forms of cancer, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Asbestos products became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, its sound absorption and tensile strength. Asbestos has been in many products such as insulation, floor tiles, door gaskets, soundproofing, roofing, patching compounds, fireproof gloves and ironing board covers, and even brake pads.
Health Concerns with Asbestos
Asbestos was named by the ancient Greeks who also recognized certain hazards of the material. The Greek geographer Strabo and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted that the material damaged lungs of slaves who wove it into cloth. Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, is said to have had a tablecloth made of asbestos.
One of the challenges faced by mesothelioma lawyers in prosecuting a mesothelioma lawsuit centers around the long latency period associated with the disease – typically 20 to 50 years. Because of the length of time between exposure to asbestos and the manifestation of the illness, and because of the high mortality rate associated with mesothelioma, many times vital information is lost.
Another unique challenge facing mesothelioma lawyers centers on the patients themselves. Patients struggling with a mesothelioma diagnosis and grieving families are often hesitant to add another fight to their careworn day.
Do you have a mesothelioma claim?
If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of asbestos exposure or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Please contact our mesothelioma lawyers today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost, no-obligation legal evaluation of your case.
More Asbestos Information
- What is Asbestos?
- Asbestos Products
- Asbestos Exposure
- Asbestos Industry Cover Up
- Asbestos Ban
- What is Asbestosis?
- Detecting Asbestos Disease