Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. Historically, asbestos has been used in a wide range of different types of products, including in Pennsylvania. Ultimately, asbestos has been determined to have the capacity to cause disease, such as a lung condition known as mesothelioma.
Most commonplace locations where asbestos is found
They way to avoid contracting mesothelioma is avoiding asbestos exposure in the first place. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, identifying how and where you experienced asbestos exposure is crucial in order to pursue a claim for compensation for injuries, damages and losses. There are a number of locations at which asbestos historically has been found and is still to be seen in this day:
- Attic insulation and wall insulation, specifically products containing a substance called vermiculite
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Certain flooring adhesives
- Roof shingles
- Siding shingles
- Wall and ceiling patching compound
- Textured paint
- Coated hot water pipes
- Coated steam pipes
- Oil furnaces with certain types of insulation
- Coal furnaces with certain types of insulation
- Certain heat-resistant fabrics
- Certain automobile brakes and clutches
Asbestos exposure and disease
The reality is that there can be a considerable lapse in time between asbestos exposure and the development of a diseaselike mesothelioma, other types of cancer or asbestosis. Because of this lapse, identifying where and how the individual contracted an asbestos-related disease can prove to be challenging.
If an individual is diagnosed with a disease like mesothelioma that appears connected to asbestos exposure, retaining an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney is vital. An experienced personal injury lawyer may help connect the proverbial dots when making a connection between a person’s disease and asbestos exposure as well as assist in identifying the party responsible for causing that contact.