Asbestos Attorney in Texas
Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Whether you were installing insulation or manufacturing drywall, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Research has shown that prolonged exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos fibers are directly related to the development of several serious types of illnesses.
These life-threatening conditions generally do not show outward signs immediately; symptoms may take as long as 15-40 years to develop. The most commonly reported asbestos-related conditions include:
After prolonged asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is a commonly resulting medical condition. It is a type of tumor that develops in the thin membrane surrounding organs in the chest and abdomen that may be malignant or benign. Similar to other illnesses related to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma develops gradually after a patient’s first encounter with asbestos.
- Pleural Disease
If an individual’s asbestos exposure-related mesothelioma is in the pleura (lining of the lungs), it may be considered Pleural disease. While lung cancer refers to any malignant growth throughout the lungs, Pleural disease solely focuses on the pleura. The pleura protect and lubricate the lungs and the breakdown of this fibrous tissue caused by mesothelioma can result in pain and irritation in the lungs.
- Lung Cancer
Individuals who were regularly exposed to asbestos may develop lung cancer as a result of the inhalation or ingestion of dangerous asbestos fibers. These fibers travel through the body and attach themselves to the lining of organs such as the lungs. When the lining breaks down, the resulting irritation may develop malignant tumors throughout the organ.
- Esophageal Cancer
While esophageal cancer is not the most common form of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, it is a very serious illness. In this case, the cancerous cells are developed in either the voice box or oropharynx. Left untreated, the results can be life-threatening.
- Colorectal Cancer
When asbestos exposure affects the colon and/or large intestine, the resulting illness is typically colorectal cancer. Although not previously associated with asbestos, recent developments have shown a connection between the poisonous fibers and cancer of the colon.
One of the few non-cancerous conditions caused by asbestos exposure is asbestosis. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they may become lodged in the lungs. These fibers irritate lung tissue and cause serious scarring. Over time, the scarring creates diminished lung capacity, chest pain, and possible cardiac failure. Those suffering from other asbestos-related cancers may also develop asbestosis.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party or its bankruptcy trust. Contact an experienced malignant mesothelioma lawyer such as those Smith Clinesmith, LLP to discuss your case.
At Smith Clinesmith, LLP, our experienced asbestos attorney in Texas have the experience, skills, and resources to investigate your claim, gather needed evidence, and fight for the compensation you deserve for your condition. Contact malignant mesothelioma lawyers Curtis Clinesmith, and Dawn Smith for the legal advice and representation you need.