Hidden Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

WILL DAVIDSON LLP, is one of the largest personal injury law firms in Ontario with 9 offices throughout Central and Southern Ontario, our legal professionals are well positioned to assist you. Our firm history dates back more than 90 years. During this time, clients have come to rely on us for sound legal advice and exceptional results on their behalf. Our legal professionals are currently representing clients who have been harmed by the long term exposure of asbestos fibres. Many with long term exposure to asbestos have reported related diseases as a result of inhaling the fibres. Inhalation can lead to diseases such as: Asbestosis, Pleura, Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of fibres. There are six different types of asbestos minerals:
• Chrysotile (white asbestos);
• Amosite (brown asbestos);
• Crocidolite (blue asbestos);
• Tremolite;
• Anthophyllite
• Actinolite

Chrysotile is the main type of asbestos used in manufacturing. Approximately 90% of the asbestos used in commercial activity is Chrysoltile. Chrysoltile is made up of long and flexible fibres that can be woven together. Its flexibility is why it is optimal for manufacturing. The other five forms of asbestos are comprised of stiff fibres, which limits their commercial usefulness.

Why is Asbestos Used in Manufacturing?
Asbestos has various properties which make it ideal for manufacturing. Firstly, it is a particularly strong fibre. Additionally, all types of asbestos are resistant to heat, fire and water. Therefore, asbestos can sustain harsh environmental conditions and does not deteriorate easily.
What is Asbestos Used to Manufacture?
Asbestos has been used to manufacture a wide range of products. This includes but is not limited to: ceiling and floor tiles, roofing shingles, heat, sound and electrical insulation, and friction materials such as automobile brake lining and transmission parts.

Health Concerns with Asbestos
Those who worked closely with products manufactured with asbestos can be at severe risk for health issues.

The dangerous health effects of asbestos are well documented. An individual is more likely to contract one of the asbestos related diseases if they were exposed to high concentrations of the fibre, were exposed to asbestos frequently or were exposed to the fibre for a long period of time. Diseases caused by asbestos have a significant latency period. This means an individual may be unaware of the adverse health impact asbestos may have for quite some time. Some of the related diseases associated with inhaling Asbestos are: Asbestosis, Pleura, Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer.

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease which includes symptoms such as severe difficulty breathing and chest pain.

Pleura is an abnormality in the chest lining. While it is not cancerous, it can create lasting health impacts. The onset of Pleura can occur as late as 30 years after exposure to asbestos fibres.

Mesothelioma is one of the most widely known side effects of asbestos. This is typically a fatal form of cancer that can surface even 40 years after exposure.

Lung cancer is associated with long term exposure to asbestos fibres. Lung cancer can occur as late as 30 years after exposure.

Asbestos has also been linked to other health effects. These include, a weakened immune system and frequent occurrence of laryngitis.

Treatment Options

There are treatment options that can slow the progression of various asbestos related illnesses. Common remedies include medications and breathing treatments such as inhalers and antibiotics. In some cases surgery such as lung transplants may be necessary. Treatment plans are typically geared at improving a patient’s quality of life. This is because most of the health effects related to exposure are irreversible.

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) provides a support network for those who have been personally affected by Mesothelioma. The CMF advocates for patients suffering from Mesothelioma. It aims to increase awareness about the harsh side effects of exposure to asbestos and also provides information on treatment plans for those affected. The Princess Margaret Hospital, located in downtown Toronto, is a leading treatment center for Mesothelioma. Doctors from this hospital introduced revolutionary treatment options for those suffering from Mesothelioma which has helped to increase survival time.

Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury lawyers at Will Davidson LLP have a proud history of acting as counsel for individuals in Asbestos cases. Our lawyers are passionate about what they do and understand that many Asbestos victims unknowingly inhaled the dangerous fibres for years while simply trying to earn a living.

Will Davidson LLP has a proven track record of successfully representing individuals who are victims of product liability suffering. In Asbestos cases sufferers were not properly informed of the side effects of the Asbestos fibres and is now dealing with the pain of the diseases. Our plaintiff lawyers are highly specialized in handling claims from individuals like you.

If you or a loved one has been affected by Asbestos, please contact WILL DAVIDSON LLP at any of our locations to discuss your situation and how you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Samantha Shatz is a recent law school graduate from the University of Western Ontario Law School. She previously obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University. Samantha is currently an Associate with Will Davidson LLP and has a keen interest in personal injury law.
The personal injury lawyers at Will Davidson LLP provide legal services to clients at our locations in Huntsville, Lindsay, Markham, Midland, Oakville, Orillia, Toronto, Burlington, Whitby. and Bowmanville for a free consultation, contact us today to speak to one of our lawyers.

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