Mesothelioma is a very deadly type of cancer, although it is very rare. The primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, which is a collection of six, naturally-occurring minerals. Asbestos was once used frequently in the United States, primarily in building, industrial, and insulation materials. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is likely a result of asbestos exposure. The following considers common sources of occupational and non-occupational asbestos:
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Many people were exposed to asbestos during their working years due to asbestos’ use in a variety of building, automotive, and industrial materials. Some of the most at-risk profession include:
- Construction workers;
- Industrial workers;
- Automotive workers;
- Firefighters; and
- Shipyard workers.
The above list is not complete; nearly anyone in a blue collar job may have been exposed to asbestos.
Non-Occupational Asbestos Exposure
But it is not just workers who were employed in asbestos-heavy industries that may be at risk of developing mesothelioma; non-occupational exposure has been reported, too. This includes cases where:
- Asbestos was found in household items, such as home insulation;
- Asbestos fibers in a home were disturbed during renovations, leading to inhalation of the fibers by homeowners; and
- Cases where family members were exposed to asbestos fibers that were on clothes worn by others in the house who worked in industry, construction, etc.
It can take years after exposure to asbestos, or even decades, for mesothelioma to develop. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our law firm today. We can help you to pinpoint the source and seek compensation.