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Asbestos Illnesses

San Francisco Asbestos Lawyers

Asbestos is a toxic substance which can cause many terminal illnesses. It is not a poison in the sense that we normally think of, but slowly causes your body to harm itself. Asbestos-related diseases typically take years or decades to surface, and by the time they are discovered, victims may have very little time left to live. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos illness, please talk to the San Francisco asbestos accident lawyers at Brayton Purcell, LLP, right away.


Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is caused, almost exclusively, by asbestos exposure. It is often confused with lung cancer because the most common type of mesothelioma affects the lung area, but it is not lung cancer. This is an important distinction because it can affect your ability to recover compensation, and more importantly, the type of medical treatment that you need.

Mesothelioma affects other parts of the body including the lining of the abdomen and the protective sac around the heart.


Asbestosis is a form of pulmonary fibrosis. Do not be fooled by the fact that asbestosis is not cancer. It is a progressive and terminal illness with no cure. Asbestosis is progressive scarring of the lungs, which slowly robs you of your ability to breathe. Although there is no cure, there are treatments which can extend life and improve your quality of life.

Other Cancers

Asbestos exposure can lead to other types of cancer. Although the link between your asbestos exposure and a non-mesothelioma cancer may be more difficult to prove, in most cases it can be done. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos can cause:

  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer

If you or someone you love has developed an asbestos-related illness, please call the San Francisco asbestos illness claims lawyers today. Your lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call or contact us online right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.