Can You Get Mesothelioma if You Don’t Work with Asbestos?
Many people understand the connection between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. What some people may not understand, however, is that those who do not come into direct contact with asbestos may still develop mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that may develop after exposure to asbestos. Certain individuals are most at risk of mesothelioma exposure, including:
- Construction workers
- Industrial plant workers
- Shipyard workers
There are, however, additional groups of people who may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. These include the following:
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following factors may also increase your risk for mesothelioma:
- Those who live with someone who works with asbestos. Workers who get exposed to asbestos may carry the fibers home on their skin and clothing.
- Family history. A family history of mesothelioma may increase your risk of mesothelioma, but more research is needed to understand this theory.
Additionally, according to the National Institutes of Health, smoking doesn’t increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure greatly increases the risk of developing cancer in the air passageways of the lung.
Employers and building managers have certain obligations to workers and tenants. One such obligation is to identify and remove toxic materials from their properties, including asbestos. If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our attorneys can help you seek justice.
We understand the devastating consequences of mesothelioma, and our attorneys have helped countless victims and their families recover fair compensation after mesothelioma exposure. We may be able to help you recover the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (844) 256-8685 to schedule a consultation.