Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure is a rare and preventable form of cancer. Exposure to asbestos is the primary source of malignant pleural mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
This is the most common way people come into contact with asbestos. Industries such as asbestos mining, manufacturing, and processing are obvious sources of exposure, but there are countless other job sites that carry a high exposure risk, including auto manufacturing plants, chemical plants, metal works, shipyards, and oil refineries. Tragically, a large number of our veterans have also been exposed to asbestos at work, most prevalently Navy veterans because of the high asbestos content of many Navy ships.
Here is a list of some of the most common occupations in which workers are exposed to asbestos:
- Navy and Armed Services veterans
- Metal workers
- Shipyard workers
- Power plant workers
- Oil refinery workers
- Chemical plant workers
- Sheet metal workers
- Commercial and residential construction
The above are just a few of the many jobs where people can face asbestos exposure. The dangers of asbestos have been documented for more than 100 years, yet it has continued to be mined and manufactured. You need to know that you have the right to hold the parties responsible for your exposure to asbestos accountable.
While occupational exposure to asbestos is most common, many people come into contact with asbestos without ever working with or near it. Some family members of asbestos workers have contracted mesothelioma after asbestos was carried home from the workplace on skin, hair, or clothing. Another common form of non-occupational asbestos exposure occurs when people live near asbestos mines or plants that manufactured asbestos-containing products.
What to do after Asbestos Exposure
The first thing a person should do if he or she is exposed to asbestos is to stop further exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos, there is no way to undo any damage that may have been done to your lungs or other organs. Still, it is important to let your doctor know about your exposure so that he or she may closely monitor your health for signs of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer
At Shrader & Associates, LLP, our mesothelioma lawyers have seen first-hand the devastating effects of mesothelioma on a victim and his or her family. If you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma, there is no way for you to undo the damage done by asbestos. You can, however, file a mesothelioma lawsuit. After detailed information is gathered our lawyers will determine if a lawsuit is warranted and who will be named in the lawsuit. A mesothelioma lawsuit can’t restore your health, but it can help you recover compensation for medical bills and other expenses. For more information on mesothelioma and your legal options, we invite you to contact us today.