Manual labor in certain U.S. industries can increase the risk of asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer
According to the Department of Labor, asbestos workers have increased chances of getting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue itself and mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membrane that surrounds the lung and other internal organs.
These diseases do not develop immediately following exposure to asbestos, but appear only after a number of years.
The government now has safety measures in place to help mitigate the dangers of asbestos exposure to people who are at greater risk for coming in contact with the fibers and dust. This includes those who work in construction.
Years ago, buildings were routinely erected using asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was highly valued for its heat-resistance properties.
We now know, however, that asbestos is responsible for for several kinds of cancers, in addition to those of the lung.
They include esophageal, colon, laryngeal, gastrointestinal and tracheal.
Thousands in manual labor have come forward to say their work environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
If this has been your experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation for your health problems.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country, winning many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements along the way.
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease.
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