Asbestos is naturally occurring mineral beneath the earth and though it primarily consists of oxygen and silicon, these microscopic fibers may also combine with other elements. Asbestos is categorized into two main types based on the appearance of fibers when viewed under a microscope:
- The asbestos is classified as “chrysotile” when its fibers are intertwined in a spiral manner and it comes in white color.
- The asbestos is classified as “amphibole” when the fibers are straight and it looks like a needle that could come in different colors. Amphibole has five subtypes: amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite.
Asbestos has been largely used in many industries due to its many uses, included in fire-proofing materials used in construction. However, its use has been strictly regulated and, in fact, banned in the U.S. after determining that it could cause lung cancer.
At Williams Kherkher, our lawyers know that cancer linked to asbestos exposure is incurable. However, if you have been diagnosed with cancer caused by asbestos, we may possibly help you get the compensation you need to sustain medications for maintenance. Call us today at (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your options or fill out the form at the top of the page.