Asbestos Exposure

November 2, 2009

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that come as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. They are heavily used in industry especially in construction mainly as insulators.

The harmfulness of asbestos lies in that the thin fibers can be inhaled and remain in the lungs for long periods of time. Over time they can cause scarring and inflammation seriously affecting breathing. Asbestos has been classified as a carcinogen. Exposure to asbestos causes high rates of lung cancer and mesothelioma- a rare cancer of the thin membrane lining of the chest and abdomen.

Everyone is exposed to asbestos everyday. Traces of asbestos are found everywhere including in soil, water, and air. The danger lies in regular exposure to asbestos.

No Federal legislation has been enacted to compensate victims of asbestos-related diseases or to protect people from asbestos exposure. However, a bill called the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act, or FAIR Act, has been introduced in Congress several times. This bill would create a national trust fund to compensate victims suffering from asbestos-related diseases. The proposed trust fund would be administered by the DOL, outside of the courts, through a claims process in which all individuals with certain medical symptoms and evidence of asbestos-related disease would be compensated. Funding for the trust would come from insurance companies and companies that mined, manufactured, and sold asbestos or asbestos products. Under the bill, individuals affected by asbestos exposure would no longer be able to pursue awards for damages in any Federal or state court.Anthophyllite_asbestos_SEM

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