What is Asbestos? Information about Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a mineral that is naturally occurring. Its fibers have excellent heat resistant properties and it has historically been woven into a cloth-like substance to protect and insulate against heat.
There are several different kinds of asbestos. Most asbestos used in industry was either chrysotile asbestos or amphybole asbestos. Chrysotile, commonly known as “white asbestos” is the easiest asbestos to weave. Amphibole asbestos is generally considered to be more dangerous, but it is clear from scientific research that all asbestos fibers can cause disease. Amphibole asbestos can be further subdivided into amosyte and crocidolite fibers.
For hundreds of years, people all over the world used Chrysotile asbestos as insulation. The Frankish King Charlemagne had a table cloth manufactured from asbestos. Legend says that Charlemagne would amaze his guests by throwing the table cloth in the fire along with left-over food. The guests could not believe their eyes when the food burned but the table cloth remained untouched.
When asbestos is not floating in the air, it is generally safe. The danger comes when people cut, tear, mix or otherwise disturb the fibers. Asbestos fibers are so small that they can literally float in the air for days at a time before drifting back to earth. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they tend to stick in the bottom of the lungs. The body tries in vain to rid itself of the fibers. Eventually, scar tissue can develop in the lungs where the asbestos settles. Unfortunately, many cancers are also linked to asbestos exposure.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you may be at risk of mesothelioma or other cancers. Our staff of lawyers, litigation staff, and investigators provide our clients with knowledge about the disease, including the basic facts, risk factors and symptoms. Our mesothelioma attorneys offer our clients and their loved ones the support that they need during and after this difficult time. Contact our asbestos exposure law firm today to discuss your case.