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When the Primary Risk Factor for Mesothelioma is Also the Most Preventable
It’s a twist of fate that the primary risk factor for mesothelioma is also the most preventable.
We’re talking Exposure to Asbestos — exposure to asbestos kills people in the form of mesothelioma cancer, a cancer that is widely considered preventable, should you not be exposed to asbestos.
We tend to think about risk factors as something that are out of our control. We think risk factors are about genetics, about our family history, about our fate or something that’s out of our hands.
With mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos, it’s a bit more complicated.
Because, yes, exposure to asbestos is often very much out of your control. Often it may have to do with work you did some time ago, work in the factory or in construction or shipbuilding or at the automotive shop. During this work you may have been exposed to asbestos, something that may have caused your development of mesothelioma, and this exposure may have been totally out of your control. You might not have sufficiently been told or warned about the potential for exposure. You might not have been told to wear protective gear that should have been a requirement. You might not have been told to evacuate a building or leave a certain premise when the exposure risk was high.
All of these things may point to the fact that your exposure to asbestos, your risk factor for developing mesothelioma, was out of your control. But that does not mean that it was out of EVERYONE’S control.
Instead, just think back to your job. Think back to the people and organizations that were in charge. Because as far as asbestos goes, someone is most definitely in control. Someone typically knew what was going on, they knew the inherent risks of asbestos exposure, they knew the safety protocols. In short: the actions that may have led to your mesothelioma cancer were not made randomly. They were most often decisions, controlled calculations.
For some it was a decision regarding cost. For some it was a decision regarding ease of use and availability. For others it was a dangerous decision where facts were obscured, safety protocols denied, employees and workers’ lives endangered.
With mesothelioma, it’s not fate or bad luck. It was a decision. And just because you were left out of that decision-making process doesn’t mean that you can’t uncover the truth or hold the wrongdoers accountable today.
In fact, it’s the fact that you were left out of the decision altogether, that your safety was so clearly neglected, that may bring your voice more weight today in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit. That’s why our mesothelioma lawyers are available 24/7 to talk to you for a free and confidential consult. You can call us at 855-280-7664 or contact us online at any time. We’re here for you… if only your employer could have said the same.