Inhalation of Asbestos

Inhalation of asbestos presents a most profound health risk, and unfortunately one of the most common vectors for asbestos exposure. The inhalation of asbestos represents the largest environmental threat ever known as well as the single-biggest legal tort in history. Each year thousands of people die as a result of lung and cancer-related conditions as a result of inhaling asbestos particles.

Hazards of Inhaling Airborne Asbestos Particles

handful of chrysotile asbestos fibers

Inhalation of asbestos particles occurs when asbestos-containing materials decompose or are physically disturbed. The asbestos structures break apart easily, creating small, fibrous particles that are airborne. When inhaled, many of these particles become trapped in mucus layers and later coughed up or swallowed. However, a significant portion can become embedded within lung tissue because asbestos fibers’ pierce membranes and microscopic cell walls. Amphibole asbestos types have straight, needle-like fibers that are easier to inhale and more likely to become trapped in this way than wavy chrysotile fibers.

How Does Asbestos Becomes Airborne?

There are two general ways that asbestos becomes airborne products manufactured with asbestos can age, deteriorate or biodegrade over time. As a material like asbestos concrete crumbles with age, it can collapse and leave light dust of asbestos fibers surrounding it causing a natural disturbance. These fibers can be lifted on any slight draft or ventilation action and inhaled. Other natural forces like air friction can fray asbestos in pipe insulation, or direct contact with pests like rats can tear into the material and expose the fibers.

Manufacture, transport, installation and — more recently — the destruction of materials containing asbestos has become a primary cause for these materials to eject asbestos into the air. Demolition poses the most critical threat in recent years as workers unknowingly cut into workspaces or materials containing asbestos without the proper hazard gear is known as human disturbance. Natural winds and ventilation systems used during work create exposure risk for disturbed and airborne asbestos fibers, causing them to be inhaled by a wider group than those who directly made contact with the material.

Seeking Legal Assistance for Asbestos Exposure

If you or a loved one have received a cancer diagnosis and have a possible history of asbestos inhalation, contact us immediately. Connecting you with Nation’s leading mesothelioma lawyers will provide immediate assistance and free, confidential case evaluation. After identifying all responsible parties who may be liable for your condition, they will quickly pursue the maximum possible compensation for your losses to all liable parties.