Pittsburgh Asbestos Injury Attorneys
At Chaffin Luhana our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers represent individuals and families throughout the Ohio Valley who have been affected by asbestos exposure. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis, contact our Pittsburgh asbestos attorneys for experienced and qualified legal representation.
History of Asbestos
During the twentieth century, asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials in the U.S. It was used in millions of products, across several different industries, including for example, in:
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat and fire. Because it was inexpensive, durable and flexible, and was a natural source for insulation, it was used for the production of all types of products, including insulation, drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, protective firefighter gear and automotive defect parts such as brake pads and clutches.
Dangers of Asbestos
It wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that the dangers of asbestos were discovered. But, by the time the effects of asbestos were discovered, millions of people had already been exposed and thousands of products had already been made with the mineral.
The problem with asbestos is that when it is disturbed, its tiny fibers become separated and form a dust that can be easily inhaled through the mouth and nose. Once a person breathes in the tiny fibers, the fibers can become trapped in the lining of the lungs. Over time, the fibers can build up, causing severe irritation and lead to serious health conditions such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal cancer that is directly linked to asbestos exposure. It affects the thin protective lining surrounding the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. It can take up to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop, and currently there is no cure for this form of cancer. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic pain at the cancer site, weight loss, fluid buildup and obstruction of the bowels.
Asbestos exposure has also been linked to the development of lung cancer and asbestosis, a form of lung disease that involves scarring of lung tissue. Symptoms of asbestosis include chest pain, shortness of breath, a persistent cough and loss of appetite. There is no cure for this condition.
Have You Been Affected by Asbestos?
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis, you can turn to injury attorneys at Chaffin Luhana in Pittsburgh, PA for help. Our lawyers are familiar with the dangers of asbestos and can help you get the compensation you and your family need to maintain the highest quality of life.
To schedule a consultation with an attorney at our firm, please contact us today.