Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Because these fibers are known for its high durability, resistance to heat, fire and chemical erosion, asbestos was widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries for decades from the early 1900s through the 1980s in the United States. It was not until the late 1970s that public awareness began to link a direct connection to the dangers of asbestos exposure, as a serious health hazard. As a result, millions of workers in these industries are at higher risk of being exposed and affected with an asbestos-related illness—such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Have you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses from exposure to asbestos? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options today.
Asbestos exposure occurs when a person inhales or ingests the microscopic asbestos fibers that are released into the air. For example, this is especially common during construction and renovation jobs of older homes due building materials containing asbestos. Over time, when a person continues to be exposed to asbestos, it starts to build up in the lungs and eventually accumulates to the point that it causes scarring and inflammation. Unfortunately, in many cases this leads to the formation of fatal cancerous cells.
Who is at Risk of Exposure?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 27 million people were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1979. During that time, asbestos in products and materials were so commonly used in construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing and other-related industries that not only did it put workers at risk, but also their unsuspecting families through secondary asbestos exposure. This is known to occur when workers inadvertently carry asbestos fibers from the jobsite home with them on their hands, hair, or clothing.
Below are some common occupations that are known for asbestos exposure in the workplace include, but not limited to:
- Auto mechanics
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Insulation workers
- Military veterans
- Oil Refinery workers
- Railroad workers
- Shipyard workers
Get Asbestos Legal Help
Symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses often take 10-50 years to appear after the first exposure to asbestos. It is important to have an experienced and qualified attorney that understands what is necessary to build a solid asbestos exposure case against the negligent parties responsible for your diagnosis. Time is of the essence to obtain the compensation you and your family deserves.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness due to asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. Contact an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer in your area to take legal action today.