Mesothelioma is often linked with exposure to asbestos in either the home or workplace. If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos in your lifetime it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms often do not appear until years or even decades after exposure to asbestos. Early detection of mesothelioma allows for many more treatment options and a better prognosis overall.
Asbestos is found in both commercial and private buildings and facilities. Any building built prior to the late 1980s may contain asbestos. Often renovations or DIY projects upset materials made with asbestos and cause exposure to asbestos dust. Many companies continued to use asbestos in building materials and other products even after becoming aware of the health hazards and risks associated with exposure to asbestos. These companies did not follow regulations put in place, and put their worker’s lives and other’s lives in danger every day. Some occupations of workers at risk for asbestos exposure include, harbor workers, electricians
Mesothelioma can result from primary (occupational) or secondary (paraoccupational) exposure to asbestos. Primary exposure occurs when a worker is directly exposed to asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are found in many older building materials including insulation, sheetrock, pipes, boilers, and other materials. Asbestos is often found in factories, shipyards, and buildings built prior to the late 1970s, when asbestos was banned in the U.S. Carpenters, electricians, mechanics, boilermakers, machinists and naval veterans are just a few types of workers who might have been exposed to asbestos during their careers.
Secondary exposure to asbestos is also a cause of Mesothelioma. Family members of those who work in buildings or areas where they are exposed to asbestos may experience secondary exposure to asbestos. This secondary exposure can occur if family members handle clothing that is covered in asbestos dust or if the worker has asbestos dust in his hair or on his body. Asbestos workers should shower and change clothes after working in areas where asbestos is present in order to prevent secondary exposure to others. Secondary exposure leads to the same types of mesothelioma as primary exposure. It is just as deadly as primary exposure, and it is just as hard to treat. Courts have held that victims of secondary exposure to mesothelioma are entitled to recover damages from employers whose use of asbestos materials is causally related to their disease.
Asbestos exposure is inextricably linked with a mesothelioma diagnosis. Study after study has shown that exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. Mesothelioma litigation is complicated, and you need an attorney you trust to help you navigate your case. Contact Cueria Law Firm L.L.C. at 504-636-8736 immediately.
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