Breathing and respiratory problems can be frightening. They may point to a serious illness, such as cancer, or they may indicate that you suffered exposure to a toxic gas, such as carbon monoxide. If you went to the hospital due to respiratory problems, you were possibly treated in the emergency room before being admitted. You may have undergone numerous tests and treatments before you left the hospital. You may have to take medications and even use oxygen at home.
Those medical costs can quickly add up. Having difficulty breathing may also make it impossible for you to work. Without your income, your family may be struggling to make ends meet. Worries about your long-term financial security may be straining your relationships.
A Los Angeles breathing or respiratory problems lawyer may be able to help. We help people who suffer harm due to other people’s actions or negligence. Call our office at (800)794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff about how we may be able to assist you.
How Asbestos Can Cause Respiratory Problems
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), asbestos fibers were previously mined and used for over a century in a wide range of products, including building materials, fireproof clothing, and vehicle parts. Asbestos was also found in consumer goods, such as appliances, cigarette filters, cosmetics, and other household products.
Asbestos has been found to be a carcinogen. Exposure to it is the leading cause of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that usually affects the lining around the lungs, although it may also affect the linings around the heart, abdomen, and testicles. Asbestos can also cause cancer in other parts of the body.
People who suffered exposure to asbestos on the job were often put in harm’s way over a period of years. In many cases, they were unaware of the danger or, if their employer knew of the risks, employees were not given appropriate protective equipment. Some workers brought fibers home on their bodies and clothing and unknowingly exposed their family members to asbestos, which caused them to eventually become ill. In some cases, people came into contact with asbestos by using household products that contained it.
Patients with mesothelioma are often diagnosed decades after they first suffered exposure to asbestos, and many have no idea when or how they might have come into contact with the carcinogen. By the time they receive a diagnosis, the disease has often progressed so far that there is little or no hope of recovery.
Health Issues That Can Be Caused by Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide can also cause severe breathing or respiratory problems. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is released when fuel is burned. It can be emitted by heating equipment and vehicles and can be released when a fireplace is used.
Under most circumstances, the amount of carbon monoxide released is not dangerous. People’s health can be put in jeopardy, however, if an area is not ventilated and carbon monoxide is allowed to reach an unsafe level. If that happens, individuals may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, weakness, confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, and loss of consciousness. People who do not get to a well-ventilated area and receive prompt treatment quickly may suffer organ damage, brain damage, and even death.
Since it is not possible to see or smell carbon monoxide, individuals may lose consciousness or die before they realize that anything is wrong. That is why carbon monoxide detectors are so important. They can sound an alarm to let people know if they are in danger.
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A Los Angeles Breathing or Respiratory Problems Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Justice
If you suffered respiratory health issues after being exposed to asbestos or carbon monoxide, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you pursue financial compensation. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the party responsible for your illness accountable.
People often do not know when or how they suffered exposure to asbestos since they typically develop symptoms of respiratory illness decades later. Our firm represents clients who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. That work allows us to create a database with information on companies and products that used asbestos. We may be able to use that information to figure out how you came into contact with it and who was responsible for your exposure.
Our team may then file a personal injury lawsuit to hold that party accountable. We may even be able to obtain compensation for you if the company responsible declared bankruptcy. After patients with mesothelioma brought a flood of lawsuits, many businesses that exposed the public to asbestos declared bankruptcy and set up trust funds to compensate victims.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may also be able to help if you suffered harm after being exposed to carbon monoxide. If you worked or lived in a building where lack of ventilation allowed levels of the toxic gas to reach hazardous levels, and if you were not warned because the building did not have carbon monoxide detectors, your employer or the building’s owner may be found negligent. We may file a personal injury lawsuit to hold that party accountable.
Although cases are often settled out of court, we will go to trial if we believe that is necessary to obtain a fair financial award for a client. Call our office today to learn more from a member of our staff.
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Seek Assistance from a Los Angeles Breathing or Respiratory Problems Lawyer
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm helps clients all over the United States obtain compensation for their personal injuries. We work with trial litigation attorneys across the country to better serve our clients.
People often think that they could not afford to hire a lawyer to seek compensation for personal injuries. You do not need to worry about the cost because our firm works on contingency. That means that we pay for litigation costs ourselves and only receive a fee if we obtain a settlement for our client.
You do not have much time to act. Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. It may take our team several months to determine who was responsible for your exposure to a toxic substance and build a case. Contact us today at (800)794-0444 so we can get started as soon as possible.