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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can be mined and processed for use. It consists of long, thin fibrous crystals that can vary in size from several millimeters to microscopic. Unfortunately, asbestos is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Exposure to the mineral has been shown to cause the cancer mesothelioma. The cancer affects the thin lining of the heart, lungs and abdomen known as the mesothelium. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they lodge themselves in the lungs and mesothelium. There, they can cause mutations that turn normally healthy cells into cancerous ones. The human body's immune system has a very difficult time removing these fibers, so they can stay in the lungs and mesothelium for a lifetime, causing the disease to occur decades after the initial exposure.

Asbestos has many uses and can be found in many places. Due to its high resistance to heat and electricity, it can withstand very high temperatures and voltages. Additionally, it is very difficult to chemically damage the mineral, it absorbs sound very well, and it is extraordinarily durable. For these reasons, it was often used for fireproofing, wiring, pipe insulation, and tiling. Since it's a fiber, it can even be woven into very strong fabrics and mats that can then be used for fire-resistant clothing.

Asbestos was most commonly used as insulation for houses, schools, and other buildings. It was installed in the walls, attics and ceilings of these structures for several decades. Unfortunately, all workers that installed or worker on these construction sites were exposed to very high levels of asbestos. Most of these buildings still contain their original asbestos insulation as long as the insulation remains undisturbed, it does not pose any health risk. However, if demolition or renovation workers don't take the proper precautions when working on buildings that contain asbestos, the fibers can release the asbestos into the air, exposing them to the deadly mineral.

There is a very large demand for specialty workers in Connecticut including jobs within industries that may be at risk of exposing their workers to asbestos. The level of risk depends on the job the individual has as well as the safety precautions that are available within their work environment. Sometimes, an industry will require insulation for factory parts running at very high temperatures. For this, they will sometimes have asbestos-based insulation installed. Since asbestos is a fiber, it can also be woven into fabrics. Fire-proof and protective clothing can sometimes contain asbestos as long as this clothing is not torn, it's perfectly safe to wear, however, a rip can release the asbestos fibers into the air and put workers at risk.

If you have contracted an asbestos-related illness, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Consultations are usually given for free, and a qualified attorney can help you determine whether your asbestos exposure was caused by the negligence of an employer or contractor. If it was, you may be entitled to compensation.

A question to ask yourself before choosing a lawyer is: does the attorney have any experience with mesothelioma lawsuits? It is incredibly beneficial to have a lawyer who has specialized knowledge about your disease as well as the medical costs involved so that they can plan a case designed to give you the compensation you need to be financially secure. Once you have a list of experienced attorneys it is time to look at their records. Attorneys with experience will usually have a good rate of success. is good to make sure that your attorney has good results and the best way to do this is to get them to show you proof of their good results.


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