Asbestos is the name applied to six district fibrous materials that are naturally occurring. Asbestos fibers are not hazardous unless they are in highly concentrated forms, such as asbestos used for commercial and business purposes. Commercial asbestos applications include fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat/fire/acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall joint compound. Despite its wide commercial use, the hazardous nature of asbestos has been known for centuries. The United States government and the asbestos industry have been criticized for not acting quickly enough to inform the public of the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos exposure is known to cause serious health disorders, such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Signs and symptoms of asbestos related illnesses include shortness of breath, chest wall pain, and unexplained weight loss. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms please consult a health care professional. If you or someone you care about suffers from an asbestos related illness please contact the Falcon Law Firm at 504-341-1234. Our toxic tort attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and seek the just compensation you and your family deserve. You may also contact us online or visit us at our office located at 5044 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA.