If you are diagnoseed with asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may take a legal claim for damages as it relates to asbestos exposure. The main risk factor for developing such diseases is exposure in the work place. Most attorneys will investigate these cases free of charge, and if they accept the case they typically do so on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no legal fees unless a monetary recovery is made.
Increasing public awareness is needed for a number of reasons. One of the main reason for raising this awarenes sis people that have been exposed to asbestos and developed one of these deadly diseases must make their claims before any statute of limitations expires. Additionally, more public dollars need to go into research to fight this deadly disease.
Ther eis one study called High resolution computed tomography and lung function in asbestos-exposed workers with normal chest radiographs by Staples CA, Gamsu G, Ray CS, Webb WR. – Department of Radiology, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. They make an except:
- To demonstrate parenchymal abnormalities on high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), an Asbestos-exposed persons with normal chest radiographs is being analyzed.
- They reviewed the HRCT, clinical presentation, and results of pulmonary function tests in 169 asbestos-exposed workers with normal chest radiographs (ILO less than 1/0).
- The HRCT was normal or near normal in 76 subjects (Group 1), abnormal but indeterminate for asbestosis in 36, and abnormal and suggestive of asbestosis in 57 (Group 2).
- The indeterminate subjects were excluded from further analysis. The subjects in Groups 1 and 2 were not significantly different in their duration of asbestos exposure, latency, smoking history, or in measurements of airflow obstruction (FEV1/FVC% and V1). Both the vital capacity percent predicted and diffusing capacity percent predicted were significantly lower in the abnormal subjects (Group 2) than in the normal subjects (Group 1) (79.0 versus 86.2, p = 0.005; 78.2 versus 87.1, p = 0.024; independent t test).
The conclusion is in asbestos-exposed subjects with normal chest radiographs, HRCT can identify a group of subjects with significantly reduced lung function indicative of restrictive lung disease when compared with a group with normal or near-normal HRCT.
There is another study which called , Acute injury and regeneration of the mesothelium in response to asbestos fibers by PA Moalli, JL MacDonald, LA Goodglick and AB. The excerpt are:
- The mesothelium is a target of the toxic and carcinogenic effects of asbestos fibers. Fibers greater than 8 mu in length and less than 0.25 mu in diameter have been found to be highly tumorigenic in rodents, while shorter asbestos fibers or spherical mineral particles have not been shown to produce mesotheliomas.
- C57BL/6 mice were given intraperitoneal injections of 200 micrograms of short or long crocidolite asbestos fibers, toxic silica particles, or nontoxic titanium dioxide particles for investigation of early mesothelial reactions associated with the development of mesotheliomas
- The mesothelial surface of the diaphragm was examined by stereomicroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and autoradiography at interval 3 hours and 21 days after a single injection.
- Mesothelial cells in the lacunar regions of the diaphragm retracted opening stomata 10.7 +/- 2.3 mu in diameter leading to the submesothelial lymphatic plexus within 6 hours after injection of asbestos fibers
Note: If you found either of these excerpts helpful, you should read the studies in their entirety.
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