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Asbestos Exposure Continues to Scar U.S. Workers and Their Families, New York Attorney Says
Date:4/15/2010

Nationally recognized asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck says the history of asbestos exposure is still being written.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2010 -- Although most asbestos use was banned in the early 1980s, Americans continue to suffer from manufacturers’ use of this product decades ago in dozens of household and building products, says Joseph W. Belluck, a New York attorney who represents clients with mesothelioma, a disease linked to asbestos exposure.

“Many myths surround the dangers of asbestos, the chief of which is that the problems with asbestos exposure have ended,” says Belluck, a lawyer with Belluck & Fox LLC in New York, NY. “Asbestos is still all around us in many products in our homes, and people continue to be exposed to asbestos because of its presence in our lives.”

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was once common in construction materials, favored for its insulating properties and as a fire-retardant. Asbestos has been used in dozens of common building materials, including roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, pipe insulation, furnace ducts, and patching and joint compound. Workers and homeowners face exposure from these products, Belluck noted.

When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems, sometimes decades after the initial exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency says asbestos can cause several deadly diseases, including:

 

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