Mesothelioma & Those At Risk
Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other ailments have all been linked to asbestos exposure. People diagnosed with mesothelioma most likely worked with and around asbestos products over the course of many years or were exposed second-hand by someone who did. This often happens when a loved one who worked around asbestos products brings home the asbestos fibers on their clothing.
How Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Through direct and second-hand exposure, asbestos particles are inhaled or swallowed. The asbestos fibers then become lodged in the protective linings around certain organs like the lungs, heart, and abdomen causing damage for years before a victim is diagnosed with asbestos cancers like Mesothelioma.
Who is at Risk for Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer?
There's no known level of "safe exposure" to asbestos for human beings. Our attorneys are skilled at piecing together the stories behind when, where and how people are exposed.
Some of the Most Common Sources of Exposure Include:
- Pipe and ductwork insulation
- Ceiling, wall and floor tiles
- Soundproofing materials
- Paints or textured paints
- Clutches and gaskets
- Home and building insulation
- Fire-proofing materials
- Roofing materials
- Drywall joint compounds
- Brake pads and linings
- Industrial materials
- Boilers, furnaces and furnace doors
Although construction workers, mechanics, pipe fitters, insulators, refinery workers, railroad workers and barge workers face a much greater risk of asbestos exposure than people in other occupations — there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and many people who have had only small exposures have developed serious health problems.