Secondhand asbestos exposure is just as deadly as direct exposure
Weitz & Luxenberg has helped workers diagnosed with asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer recover monetary compensation for more than 20 years, often achieving record verdicts and settlements in this practice area.
Last year, Weitz & Luxenberg obtained a $2-million settlement for the family of a New York City construction worker who died of mesothelioma. In 2008, our attorneys won a $16-million verdict in the first successful asbestos case against a dental supply company. And in 2007, the firm obtained a $37-million verdict in two asbestos-related cases.
ASBESTOSIS AND MESOTHELIOMA CANCER
July 6, 2010 – Exposure to asbestos, either directly or by secondhand contact, can result in a number of potentially fatal conditions, including asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer.
Asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer are occupational diseases caused primarily by long-term asbestos exposure.
Medical experts, however, have diagnosed both illnesses in unsuspecting family members of workers who carried asbestos dust home on their work clothes. Just the repeated act of laundering dusty work clothes is known to cause secondhand asbestos exposure and lead to a diagnosis of asbestosis or mesothelioma cancer.
Indeed, thousands of family members (notably workers’ wives and daughters who have never set foot on an asbestos-laden work site) have perished from mesothelioma cancer contracted through secondhand asbestos exposure.
Direct asbestos exposure occurs most frequently when workers accidentally inhale airborne asbestos fibers at work. The toxic fibers become trapped in the tissue lining of internal organs, usually the lungs, and fester there for decades before developing into asbestosis or malignant mesothelioma cancer.
The U.S Environmental Protection maintains there is no safe level for asbestos exposure. Approximately 10,000 people die of asbestos-related illnesses every year in the United States.
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