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Asbestos is a material that was commonly found in building materials, sealants, and reinforced plastics up until the 1970s. Although made up of naturally occurring minerals, asbestos is highly toxic and poses serious health risks for those who come into contact with it; especially in large quantities or through repeat exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause several serious diseases, such as

  • asbestosis,
  • pleural effusions,
  • pleural plaques,
  • pleuritis,
  • diffuse pleural thickening, and
  • COPD.

Asbestos exposure also causes cancer; specifically

  • mesothelioma,
  • lung,
  • ovarian, and
  • laryngeal cancer.

If you have developed one of these serious health conditions as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the Bartis Law Offices, PLLC in Nashua, New Hampshire for a personalized case evaluation with an experienced Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawyer, at (603) 880-1300.

Asbestos Exposure Risks

Asbestos is made up of soft, flexible, heat resistant fibers; making it, at one time, an ideal material for construction materials, before its risk to public health became widely known. No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, yet sadly, the material has not been outright banned in the United States. It is still allowed to be used, as long as 99% of the asbestos containing product is made from other materials.

Dangerous asbestos exposure occurs when the fibers become airborne and are subsequently inhaled. Most known cases of asbestos-related diseases appear in men in their 60s or older. The effects of asbestos are usually long drawn out, and can take decades from the time of exposure before diagnoses.

The United States Military used asbestos heavily from the 1930s through the 1970s, leading to a higher number of U.S. veterans who have developed these life-threatening ailments compared with other groups of workers. Several other industries that have seen high numbers of affected workers:

  • Construction
  • Electricity generation
  • Firefighting
  • Mining
  • Shipbuilding

In more recent years, asbestos exposure has occurred during renovation and demolition work of older homes and buildings. When left intact, asbestos tiles, cement, and roofing materials pose a lesser threat, but upon removal the particles become airborne. As asbestos remains in these buildings today, the risk of exposure is still present.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) provides a short list of precautions for homeowners of single-family, owner occupied residence to follow, permitting them to remove asbestos on their own. NHDES, however, strongly encourages the use of licensed asbestos abatement contractors who have special equipment and training to remove asbestos with less potential risk of exposure.

Life After Exposure & Diagnosis

If you have been diagnosed with a serious health condition as a result of asbestos exposure it is important that you find an advocate who can go to bat for you with the corporations at fault and the insurance companies that represent them.

Your life after diagnosis is going to change, but you should not have to spend your time battling for your health, while subsequently battling for your rights. Let the Asbestos Attorneys at Bartis Law Offices, PLLC fight for you. Call (603) 880-1300 to schedule your personalized case evaluation.

Robert Bartis, Esq.

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(603) 880-1300