Asbestos Fibers in the Air
When products containing asbestos break apart many of the small carcinogenic fibers may be released into the air. These tiny fibers can then be inhaled without giving an individual any indication that he or she has breathed contaminated air. In fact, many asbestos fibers have a similar appearance to dust, and may be visibly indistinguishable. However, these fibers can collect on the inside of the lungs and lead to serious health concerns, including mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.
For more information regarding your rights and options if you have developed mesothelioma from asbestos fiber exposure, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955 today.
Rate of Settling
Asbestos exposure is particularly dangerous because these fibers do not settle quickly. This means that whenever the fibers enter into the air, they can linger there for hours after the initial incident which caused their release. Asbestos fibers fall according to the following standards:
- The diameter of the fiber determines the rate of settling
- 3 micrometer fibers settle at 150 millimeters per minute
- 0.5 micrometer fibers settle at 4 millimeters per minute
This means that asbestos fibers released after a building has been damaged will remain in the air for hours after that accident. As a result, people may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos fibers when the scene seems otherwise safe.
Significant asbestos exposure can lead to a life-threatening condition known as mesothelioma. A dangerous form of cancer, this disease can be particularly difficult to diagnose and manage. Moreover, it may not develop fully for decades after exposure. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma in connection to asbestos exposure, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-781-3955.