You may be entitled to compensation if you have been exposed to asbestos in the course of your work. Asbestos is responsible for causing several types of lung conditions, including cancer. Your employer is responsible for any illnesses associated with work-related exposure, so read on for 10 important facts that you need to know about asbestos.

1.  The "discovery rule" is in place to protect workers who were exposed to asbestos but didn't begin to show symptoms until years later. While most personal injury claims must comply with a statute of limitations, exposure to asbestos and other slow-acting toxic substances is an exception.

2.  The wide use of asbestos can be attributed to its excellent insulative properties and is used in the production of products that resist fire, electricity, sound, heat and chemicals.

3.  Mesothelioma, asbestosis and several types of lung cancer are caused by inhaling the tiny fibers of asbestos, which lodge in the lungs and cause disease many years later.

4.  Construction and insulation industries rely heavily on the use of asbestos and it can be found in brake pads, roofing materials, floor tiles, and many more products.

5.  Occasional, brief or accidental exposure to asbestos is not considered to be dangerous and has not been found to raise risk factors for developing lung disease later on in life.

6.  In spite of it's toxicity, asbestos has not been entirely banned from use in the United States. Six categories of asbestos-related materials, however, have been barred from use by the EPA.

7.  The largest single award for asbestos damages was $322 million dollars, constituting the largest mass tort in legal history.

8.  Asbestos-related conditions usually cause chest pain, weight loss, shortness of breath, cough and anemia.

9.  Second-hand asbestos exposure for family members is possible if the clothing, hair and skin of the worker comes in contact with them on a sustained and regular basis

10.  A 20 billion dollar trust fund has been set aside for asbestos compensation.

While the statute of limitations clock for asbestos-related claims can be delayed, it will begin ticking once you are diagnosed with any of the several asbestos-related diseases. Additionally, if you have been suffering for some time with the symptoms of an asbestos-related condition, but never sought medical treatment, you may have even less time to file your claim, since the statute of limitations begins when a person would have reasonably assumed that asbestos could be the cause of the their illness. Don't delay in seeking legal representation for your asbestos-related illness; contact a personal injury attorney today.

Try contacting a company such as Eaby Firm LLC to learn more.