For nearly a century, asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing. However, it wasn’t until well into the twentieth century that scientists officially established a link between asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma, a serious and rare form of cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, lungs and abdominal wall. By this point, millions of individuals had already been exposed in the workplace and other locations, leading to countless mesothelioma diagnoses. While the federal government imposed limits on the use of asbestos in the early 1970s to limit asbestos exposure in the U.S., nearly ten thousand people across the country die each year as a result.
If you were exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you may have significant rights to compensation. Although you did not deserve to get mesothelioma, you do deserve to receive the money you need to support you and your family while you are not working, pay for your treatment and recovery, and cover any other additional related expenses. We at Stern Law, PLLC understand what you are going through, and as such, we want to help. Contact us now at (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation with one of our compassionate and skilled asbestos exposure lawyers. We look forward to making a difference for you!
High Risk Job Sites, Jobs, & Products – Asbestos Exposure Pathways
Exposure can occur in many different ways and in a variety of settings, with certain jobs, products and worksites that are associated with a particularly high risk of exposure. These are as follows:
- High Risk Job Sites – while asbestos exposure could have occurred at a verity of different types of job sites, those that used the mineral in products and facilities were most at risk for exposure. These are:
- Military sites – many veterans were exposed to asbestos while in the military, particularly on battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, submarines, destroyers, and frigates.
- Industrial facilities – places such as shipyards, power plants, metal works shops, chemical plants, construction sites, and oil refineries were often associated with the use of asbestos.
- Occupations associated with the heavy use of asbestos –unfortunately, military and non-military workers of all trades may have been exposed to asbestos on the jobsite. Those most at risk were drywall tapers, electricians, firefights, car mechanics, boiler room workers, and construction workers.
- Common asbestos-containing products–thousands of products were manufactured using asbestos, as the material was touted for its fire and heat resistant properties. The most common products where asbestos could be found was insulation, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, caulk, cement, paint, and pipe gaskets.
How does Mesothelioma Develop?
Exposure to asbestos typically occurs when its fibers become loosened or disturbed, causing the release of asbestos into the air. Once airborne, a person can develop mesothelioma via ingestion and/or inhalation. Once in the body, asbestos fibers can become lodged on the protective linings of the heart, lungs, and abdominal wall. These fibers, once trapped, can cause tissue irritation to these organs, ultimately resulting in genetic mutations that can develop into cancerous tumors over time.
Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Contact Stern Law, PLLC Today
At Stern Law, PLLC, we understand the complexities and challenges associated with a mesothelioma diagnosis, and are here to help you now. We take the time you need to review your case, determine the sources of your exposure, and develop a plan of action to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today at (844) 808-7529 to schedule your free consultation with one of our seasoned mesothelioma attorneys.