Asbestos was used in building products as recently as the late 1970s and can be found in fire-retardant coatings, concrete and bricks, among other things. As those materials are damaged or decayed, fibers can become airborne, get into lungs and create illnesses. The fibers can also attach themselves to your clothing, and be brought into your house from infected buildings.

Illness related to asbestos often doesn't appear for 20 to 50 years after the initial exposure. It can be the cause of diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. People who have worked in asbestos-related industries are most at risk, but family members may also have been exposed. Symptoms of mesothelioma may include:

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Weight loss

  • Abdominal pain and swelling

  • Blood clotting abnormalities

  • Bowel obstruction

  • Fever

  • Anemia


And asbestos is not just limited to buildings and building materials. It has a presence in everyday household material, such as:

  • Thermal insulation, pipe insulation, gaskets and packing

  • Powder plaster

  • Wall and ceiling tiles

  • Fireproofing spray

  • Joint compound, drywall mud, insulating cement and asbestos cement

  • Textured paints, patching cements and spackling compounds

  • Asbestos pipe, wallboard and millboard

  • Acoustical textures and refractories

  • Turbines, pumps and purifiers

  • Siding and roofing products

  • Furnaces and boilers, and insulation used in these products

  • Insulated wiring


If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of asbestos, our personal injury attorneys are committed to helping you successfully resolve your claims. Contact us today or call 816-842-7100 to schedule a free consultation with our lawyers. Castle Law Office may work with, consult with, or associate with other firms in these cases.

Jason C. Amerine
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