Lung Cancer and Fiberglass Exposure
Once believed to be a non-hazardous alternative to asbestos, fiberglass has for years been used in a variety of common products, but researchers recently concluded that fiberglass exposure and inhalation of the product's fibers may cause serious health risks, including lung cancer and lung disease.
Fiberglass is a man-made material that was first used in the 1930s. Today, common fiberglass products include: ceiling and pipe insulation, curtains, and sound control materials for airplanes and cars. Fiberglass can also be used in some plastic products, roofing materials, and furnace filters.
Fiberglass Exposure Risks
When fiberglass is cut, trimmed, sawed, or sanded, tiny fibers are released into the air. When inhaled, these fibers become lodged in the lungs, triggering the growth of scar tissue, and possibly, cancerous tumors. Large fibers do not cause significant lung problems but are linked to skin irritation, eye soreness, upper respiratory infections, stomach irritation, and other health risks.
Laborers, shipbuilders, and pipe fitters are at the highest risk for fiberglass exposure and associated health risks, but anyone who comes into contact with fiberglass and inhales the tiny fibers may be at risk for lung cancer or other adverse health effects.
For individuals who frequently come into contact with fiberglass products, the risks of exposure may be further increased if proper precautions are not taken, such as working with fiberglass is well-ventilated areas and wearing a dust mask to avoid inhaling fibers. However, there is no fail-proof method for avoiding exposure. If you believe you are at risk, you should seek the advice of a medical professional. You may also need to speak with an attorney to protect your legal rights.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or other serious health effects as a result of fiberglass exposure, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney about your claim. Use LawyerShop’s legal directory to locate an attorney in your area.