Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Asbestos
Although asbestos used to be a highly popular product additive, the wave of mesothelioma cases associated with it means that asbestos is no longer a commonly recognized mineral to U.S. consumers.
Common questions regarding asbestos include:
- How does asbestos harm people?
- How was asbestos used?
- Is asbestos still being used?
- What job sites and occupations had the most asbestos exposure?
- Is there a risk of environmental asbestos exposure?
- Can asbestos be in my building?
Asbestos: The Basics
Asbestos is the name for a group of highly fibrous minerals with separable, long and thin fibers. Asbestos is mined from the ground. A typical asbestos fiber is 1,200 times smaller than a strand of human hair. These fibers are heat-resistant and extremely durable.
These qualities once made asbestos very useful in construction and industry. Asbestos fibers were generally mixed with a material that bound them together so they easily could be used in many different products. The photo to the right is chrysotile asbestos enlarged 150 times.
Three Varieties of Asbestos Fibers
Of the many varieties of asbestos, the three most common are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. Chrysotile fibers are pliable, cylindrical and often arranged in a bundle. Amosite and crocidolite fibers resemble tiny needles. Most of the commercial products containing asbestos used chrysotile fibers.
Legal Help for Mesothelioma Sufferers
Humphrey, Farrington & McClain has developed a national reputation for our ability to successfully litigate even the most complex asbestos-disease claims. We are a contingency fee law firm and do not collect fees for our legal services unless our clients receive damages for their injuries.
If you have been exposed to asbestos fibers, you should consult a doctor, especially if you have any mesothelioma symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer related to inhalation of asbestos fibers, contact us immediately so that we can begin protecting your rights.
To set up a free consultation with a mesothelioma attorney at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, contact us online or call 888-353-0491.