Asbestos was a common insulator used up until the 1980s because it was heat and flame-resistant and durable while still being flexible enough to use in a wide range of applications requiring a flexible material. In Texas, it was commonly used in oil refineries as insulation for the pipes. People continue to be harmed by asbestos both from illnesses caused by past exposure and from exposure to asbestos in older buildings where it has not been removed.
They key danger from asbestos is the fibers it releases into the air as it crumbles from age or as it is disturbed during removal or construction. People who inhaled asbestos have developed mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Symptoms may not develop for years after exposure.
When someone develops illnesses known to be caused by asbestos, their work history can be reviewed for jobs where they may have been exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer with a history of asbestos exposure, contact Black Law today for a free consultation.