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Chrysotile Asbestos

Chrysotile asbestos — more commonly known as “white asbestos” — is the most prevalent form of asbestos. Originally used by manufacturers and builders for its desirable physical properties, chrysotile is a known carcinogen and accounts for about 95% of all asbestos in the United States.

Though it appears to resemble a hard rock or mineral, chrysotile is only about as hard as a fingernail and easily crumbles into clumps of tiny fibers. When disturbed, millions of these fibers can enter the air and unknowingly be inhaled.

Chrysotile asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases, “asbestos exposure is associated with parenchymal asbestosis, asbestos-related pleural abnormalities, mesothelioma, and lung cancer, and it may be associated with cancer at some extra thoracic sites.”

If you or a loved one have been harmed by exposure to asbestos and are considering filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, please contact Hissey Kientz LLP for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page, or by calling toll-free at (866) 275-4454.

 

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