What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is like a super strong rock that's made up of tiny fibers. People used to use it in lots of things because it can handle heat and chemicals really well. You might find it in buildings, like in insulation or ceiling tiles, or even in old cars.

Where Does Asbestos Come From?

Back in the old days, asbestos was used in a ton of stuff, especially in buildings and cars. But now, we know it can be really dangerous, so there are rules to keep people safe from too much asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a mineral that naturally occurs in rocks and soil. Because of its strong and heat-resistant properties, it was commonly used in various building materials for a long time. However, as awareness grew about the health risks associated with asbestos exposure, regulations were put in place to reduce the risk to people's health.

How Does Asbestos Affect Health?

When you breathe in tiny pieces of asbestos, they can get stuck in your lungs. Over time, these pieces can cause serious health problems, like cancer. Even though you might not feel sick right away, the problems can show up many years later.

When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, tiny fibers can be released into the air. These fibers can then be breathed in, especially by those working in industries where asbestos materials are present, such as construction workers or refinery workers. To address these risks, organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set guidelines to protect workers from exposure to asbestos.

How Can We Stay Safe From Asbestos?

To stay safe, it's important not to mess with things that might have asbestos in them, like old insulation or ceiling tiles. If you think you might have asbestos in your home, it's best to leave it alone and let the experts handle it.

There are different types of asbestos, each with varying degrees of risk. However, regardless of the type, once its fibers enter the lungs, they can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of developing serious health conditions like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.


Asbestos might seem strong and cool, but it can actually be really dangerous. That's why it's important to know about it and be careful to stay safe from it. If you ever think you might have asbestos in your home, make sure to tell a grown-up so they can help you stay safe.

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The Serling & Abramson law firm was founded in 1970 by Michael B. Serling. Mr. Serling was the first attorney in Michigan to file a wrongful death action on behalf of the family of a mesothelioma victim. In 1975, a young widow of an asbestos insulator contacted Mr. Serling concerning her husband who had died at age 52. She was left with two young children and was trying to raise them on a $4 per hour job. The extremely gratifying feeling of success in prosecuting the case and securing a sizable settlement for the widow and her children inspired Mr. Serling to continue this work.

Michael soon realized that it was more than just asbestos insulators who were falling victim to asbestos-related diseases. It soon became apparent that mesothelioma and lung cancer were occurring in virtually every building trade and many industrial settings. He dedicated his career to securing justice for all victims affected by asbestos exposure. Today, over 50 years later, Serling and Abramson are still representing victims of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

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