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Toxic exposure to asbestos can cause cancer

Asbestos is a product that is used in a variety of things, such as building materials, plastics and vinyl products -- among numerous others. While it is not used as much as it used to be, due to the known health risks of inhaling this material, it is used enough that certain people may find themselves exposed to it quite frequently. Exposure over long periods of time can negatively effect one's health, even causing a fatal form of cancer. Those in North Carolina who have experienced a toxic exposure to asbestos while on the job and have become ill as a result may be able to apply for workers' compensation benefits.

As asbestos is used in so many things, numerous employees may find themselves exposed to it on a daily basis. Those who are knowingly around asbestos must wear specialized safety gear to help prevent inhalation. Such employees may include fire fighters, construction workers, auto mechanics, demolition workers and asbestos miners or manufacturers.

Sadly, there are employees who, even with safety gear, may find that they have inhaled enough asbestos over time to develop medical issues. The most common asbestos-related illness is mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that affects the lungs and and the lining of other organs. Common symptoms of this illness include:

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems
  • Exhaustion

Mesothelioma can take decades to fully develop, and when it is found, it is usually in its late stages. Those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other illnesses due to the toxic exposure to asbestos while on the job can apply for work comp benefits. Such benefits would grant access to both medical and financial benefits that could prove extremely helpful in covering one's needs while sick. An experienced attorney can assist North Carolina residents in taking the necessary steps toward obtaining all the benefits to which they may be entitled.

Source: FindLaw, "Mesothelioma and Asbestos", Accessed on Dec. 30, 2016

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