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Be aware of asbestos in your home

As many residents of New York are aware, asbestos can be extremely dangerous. Exposure can lead to a number of serious illnesses including mesothelioma, cancer and lung complaints. While you might hope that you are not at risk from such a substance, as this article on personal injury explains, everyone is exposed to it to some extent. It is in the soil, in water and even in the air.

Even so, the danger usually arises for people who work with asbestos or in trades where it is present in a higher concentration. Unfortunately, many of these individuals do not realize at the time that they are being affected as symptoms can take decades to present. These can include the following:

  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Anemia or weight loss.
  • A worsening cough.
  • Neck or facial swelling.

Even if you do not work with asbestos, it is important to watch out for any signs that you or your family could have been exposed. It can be found in other products at times. For example, talc was removed from some children's crayons in 2000 as a result of concerns that children may be exposed to asbestos fibers.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a product that contained asbestos, you might choose to file a product liability lawsuit. It may seem like a big step, but it could enable you to acquire compensation for the harm you have experienced and lessen the financial burden of your resultant medical bills. An attorney can advise you on your options and may be able to assist you with your claim.

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