Exposure to hazardous materials can cause a variety of health issues, some of which may be serious. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is occurs almost exclusively in people that have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a term used to refer to a group of naturally occurring minerals that take the form of thin fibrous crystals. Due to its strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used in variety of applications for thousands of years.
In modern times, it has applications in the construction industry, friction products, fabrics, and heat-resistant coatings. People who have developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Asbestos related mesothelioma may not occur for decades after exposure, so it is extremely important for victims to talk to an experienced attorney in order to determine whether they have a claim.
A person can be exposed to asbestos almost anywhere, including home, work, school, or at industrial sites. When asbestos products are disturbed, small fibers are released into the air. When they are inhaled, they can lodge themselves deep into the lungs, causing a variety of issues, including mesothelioma. Some of the more common products in which asbestos is used include:
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that the mere presence of asbestos does not necessarily present a health risk. It is only when the material degrades and enters the atmosphere that there is a risk of inhalation.
While asbestos is used much less today than it was just a few decades ago, asbestos exposure and new cases of mesothelioma continue to occur. Asbestos can be released into the air during the use of a product containing asbestos, demolition work, home or building repair, maintenance, and remodeling.
A person’s risk of adverse health issues after asbestos exposure is linked to the level of exposure, the length of time a person was exposed, the type of asbestos to which person was exposed, and the presence of other lung problems. A significant percentage of cases involving asbestos exposure are the result of occupational hazards .
Workers who are at a significant risk of asbestos exposure include:
There are many different parties that could potentially be liable in a mesothelioma case, including asbestos manufacturers, manufacturers of products that contain asbestos, owners of properties that are contaminated by asbestos, and employers whose employees were exposed to asbestos in the course of their work. Because the delay between the exposure to asbestos and the onset of mesothelioma can last several decades, it often difficult to connect the disease to one specific instance of exposure.
Additionally, when multiple sources of exposure are possible, providing a causal link can be a very complicated issue. As a result, anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.