Asbestos Cases and Lawyers
What is Asbestos and How It Concerns You
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is fibrous in nature. Due to its fire repelling nature, asbestos has been used for insulation and other building purposes. In the past, asbestos was a very common material used for construction. Due to the health issues that have arisen relating to the use of asbestos, however, its use has become more limited. As such, today, you will commonly find asbestos in older homes and buildings. Asbestos is still being used for some materials such as insulation materials, shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and even floor tiles.
There is a common misconception that these materials are inherently harmful due to their asbestos content. However, it is really only when the materials deteriorate or are damaged that asbestos becomes released into the air. It is only then that the amount of asbestos in the air becomes too high and dangerous to the people in the area.
As mentioned earlier, the danger is mostly rife in older buildings. It is thus important that you know if the dormitory or apartment you are living in makes use of asbestos in the materials. It is better to know at the outset what the risks are in order for you to be able to deal with them early on.
Health Issues Surrounding Asbestos Exposure
What are the specific health issues surrounding asbestos? The truth is that asbestos has no immediate adverse effects. That is actually the main reason it has been used for a long period of time in construction – no one, even those exposed to it continually, exhibited ill effects. That is, not until many years later.
However, after prolonged exposure to asbestos, the tiny fibers tend to stick to lung tissue, and result in serious illnesses. The leading causes of concern are lung cancer, mesothelioma (cancer of the chest and abdomen linings), and asbestosis (irreversible scarring of the lung tissue).
Again, bear in mind that exposure to small amounts of asbestos will not result in these health concerns. There are actually trace amounts of asbestos in the environment and we all get exposed to them one time or another. Only elevated amounts of fibers in the air should be a cause for concern – and really long periods of exposure at that. If you think that you have an asbestos problem at home or in your building, do not panic. Get in touch with professional contractors to deal with the problem and do not disturb the damaged materials yourself.
If you have already been exposed to asbestos or you know someone who has been and you need to get in touch with an asbestos lawyer to help with your law suit, you have many choices in the Los Angeles area. Here are some of the better known law firms specializing in asbestos related injuries.
Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP
This law firm has several offices throughout California, Los Angeles being one prime location. Their services focus mainly on personal injury lawsuits relating to mesothelioma and other asbestos related cases. With years of experience behind them and expert knowledge in the field, you can be assured of being rightfully represented. Contact them at:
811 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Nadrich & Cohen
This law firm specializes in cases wherein individuals have developed mesothelioma. You can expect years of experience to back you up in your quest for justice. Contact them at:
12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 826-8082 Phone
(800) 995-2980 Fax
Another Los Angeles law firm that has expertise in the field of asbestos related injury, Brayton Purcell is dedicated to helping people protect their legal rights. They have over 20 years of experience to their name. Senior partner Gilbert Purcell has tried numerous asbestos injury cases and also has a good record of wins. They have offices in different areas in California, including Los Angeles. They prefer to transact business through their main office in Novato, however. As such, you can contact them through the following numbers: