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Is there ever a time when asbestos exposure is safe?

Perhaps the only time is when it is not airborne. The only asbestos exposure that may not be dangerous to the health of Ohio residents might be when it is not exposed. Otherwise, this potential killer silently waits to be exposed to air where it can be inhaled and ingested.

Something as simple as a broken floor or ceiling tile could put an individual's life in danger. However, if that same tile remains intact, it (probably) poses no danger to anyone. When asbestos is at its most deadly, it is said to be "friable." This means that it is in a state in which it becomes airborne such as when it is sprayed or crumbled or otherwise open to the air.

Asbestos dust and fibers are practically indestructible, which is just one reason why the product was so popular. However, when they enter the body, not being destructible becomes a serious health issue. The fibers and dust could remain in the human body for decades before leading to asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. This toxic substance has been linked to other cancers as well, which makes it highly dangerous and carcinogenic.

Of course, not everyone who suffers asbestos exposure will contract a deadly disease. However, those who do may be able to seek restitution and/or benefits depending on the circumstances. Since it often takes so long for symptoms to appear -- up to 50 years in some cases -- receiving any compensation could be problematic. For this reason, it may be wise to consult with an Ohio attorney who has experience in this area of law.

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