The Asbestos Risk to Children
We’ve heard countless times how the root cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. We know that there are countless occupations that people can work in that would lead them to such exposure. However, did you know that there are also many situations in which children can be exposed to asbestos, impacting them as adults nearly decades down the line?
Unfortunately, there are still problems regarding asbestos in various environments and some children could be at risk with no idea of how to protect themselves. Older homes and structures are full of different materials containing asbestos. The problem is, children are unaware and their actions can put them at an increased risk of exposure.
Why Are They In Danger?
Children can be at serious risk because they simply don’t know. They’re not educated about toxic fibers and potential problems in the neighborhood, in their schools, or even in their own home. As such, they do a lot of things without thinking twice of what problems can exist.
They’ll run, jump, slide, and interact with nearly any surface. Not knowing where asbestos can be, this puts them in a curious position. They can be exposed to asbestos without even knowing it and if they breathe in the friable fibers of asbestos, they can suffer long-term problems as a result.
We’re Here to Help
The most unfortunate situation is that many children will have no idea that something is wrong until decades down the line. In some cases, it can take up to 30 years for the symptoms of mesothelioma to manifest and cause significant problems in the life of someone exposed to asbestos.
As such, it’s imperative to educate children about the potential problems associated with asbestos. Unfortunately, unless there is action taken, asbestos is not something that will go away easily and can even worsen moving forward.
Mesothelioma is a fatal condition and the exposure is something that can be considered negligence. Whether the exposure is caused because of the use of materials containing asbestos or work conditions where you were not provided proper safety equipment, someone should be held accountable.
At Shrader & Associates, we have dedicated and committed mesothelioma attorneys who stand ready to help you in the complex matters involving asbestos exposure. Trust us to help you when you need it the most.
Call our firm at (844) 256-8685 today to discuss your potential case.