ASBESTOS AIR DUST
Occupational asbestos exposure is caused by the accidental inhalation of toxic asbestos dust in the air
July 19, 2010 – Accidental inhalation of asbestos fibers floating in the air or the toxic asbestos dust that accumulates on a work-site floor are two of the most common ways occupational asbestos exposure occurs.
Occupational asbestos exposure is the leading cause of fatal diseases that include asbestosis and mesothelioma. These signature asbestos-related diseases are primarily contracted through the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers in the air or during end-of-day sweep-up sessions involving asbestos dust that accumulates on the floor.
Due to a long mesothelioma latency period, workers show no signs of the disease until many years after initial exposure. This means that workers who came in contact with asbestos on the job, even up to 50 years ago, can still be diagnosed with symptoms of mesothelioma today.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, the greatest number of mesothelioma deaths occurred among those 75 years or older.
Asbestos dust in the air
Workers in certain trades are more susceptible to asbestos in the air, or toxic dust exposure, than workers in other fields who rely much less on the fire retardant and insulation properties asbestos once offered before regulations on its use were enacted in the 1980s.
For example, particularly susceptible to asbestos exposure are workers in the shipbuilding, construction and heating systems industries. So are asbestos product manufacturers, automotive workers and a variety of other tradesmen, including demolition workers, drywall removers, and firefighters – all of whom must contend with airborne asbestos fibers and dust on their job.
Weitz & Luxenberg – Asbestos-injury law firm
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like asbestosis or mesothelioma, you have the legal option to seek financial compensation by filing an asbestos claim.
Weitz & Luxenberg has successfully represented thousands of asbestos-injured workers who have filed mesothelioma claims against employers that failed to provide safety equipment and product manufacturers who neglected to warn consumers.
If you would like a free consultation on your eligibility to receive compensation for lost wages, medical care and suffering, please contact our law firm through the communication form at left. Our firm is recognized by the nation’s legal community for obtaining record-setting verdicts and settlements for asbestos-injured workers.