Many workers were at risk for mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung disease.
People who develop mesothelioma and other lung disease from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it in a job where they work directly with the material or in the same space as someone who does.
Since the early 1940s, millions of American workers have been exposed to asbestos, leading to various health problems.
Trades, jobs, occupations
Mesothelioma and other lung disease from asbestos fibers have been recognized in workers exposed in shipbuilding trades, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of asbestos textiles and other asbestos products, insulation work in the construction and building trades, and a variety of other trades.
Demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, and automobile workers also may be exposed to asbestos fibers.
Mesothelioma and other lung disease risks from asbestos exposure increase with heavier exposure and longer exposure time. However, investigators have found asbestos-related diseases in individuals with only brief exposures.
Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness for a long time after their first exposure. It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for symptoms of an asbestos-related condition to appear.
Others at risk
There have also been cases of family members of workers exposed to asbestos. They face an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and other lung disease.
This risk is thought to result from exposure to asbestos fibers brought into the home on the shoes, clothing, skin, and hair of workers.
Cases of mesothelioma and other lung disease have also been seen in individuals without occupational exposure, but who live close to asbestos mines or have been exposed to fibers carried home by family members working with asbestos.
Many workers 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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