If you worked on an oil rig in Alabama or another Gulf of Mexico state from the 1960s through 1989, you may have come in contact with asbestos-based drilling mud.
The hazards of asbestos exposure are many, and most resulting complications take decades to become evident. Only now are many former rig workers developing symptoms of severe medical conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long are actively investigating claims from former onshore and offshore oil rig workers who may have contracted health problems through regular exposure to asbestos-based drilling mud.
Although much has been written about lung cancer and mesothelioma caused by asbestos contact, asbestosis is one of the most common complications resulting from asbestos exposure. Asbestosis is a breathing condition caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers and particles.
With progressive exposure to asbestos through products like drilling mud, these fibers accumulate, eventually scarring the lung tissue and contributing to symptoms including:
- Chest pain
- Finger deformity known as “clubbing”
- Shortness of breath
There is no cure for asbestosis, and treatment is instead aimed at halting the progression of the disorder.
If you developed asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer after working with asbestos-based drilling mud on an oil rig between the 1960s and 1980s, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, asbestos attorneys at Long & Long, P.C., for your free case evaluation.