Asbestos exposure can cause such diseases as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It can take years from the time of exposure for these diseases to appear and be diagnosed. The railroad industry has known about the dangers of asbestos for years, but rarely warned its employees of these dangers. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma are difficulty in breathing, chest pain from a buildup of fluid in the pleura, or both. If you think or know that you have been exposed to asbestos, you should let your doctor know. Having this information in your medical chart can expedite a quicker diagnosis if you have any of the common symptoms of asbestos exposure in the future. If you need an attorney’s assistance with a claim against the railroad, please call us or use the "Email Us" form on the left side of this page.