The Three Kinds of People At Risk For Mesothelioma
Millions of people from all walks of life were exposed to asbestos from the 1940s to the 1970s. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to this material could potentially lead to mesothelioma.
While the number of mesothelioma diagnoses has leveled off and even reduced slightly, there are still about 3,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
There are three kinds of people who are at risk of developing mesothelioma — please read on to see if you or a loved one might be among them.
People who worked with asbestos
For decades, tradesmen were exposed to asbestos at their jobs — putting them at risk for developing a variety of diseases, including mesothelioma. The following is an abbreviated list of occupations likely to have a significant number of cases of asbestos-related disease:
- Asbestos/Insulation workers
- Chemical and petroleum workers
- Automobile mechanics
- Shipyard workers and sailors
- Locomotive repairmen
- Power station operators
- Electric and gas utility workers
- Oilfield workers
- Maintenance employees
- Stationary engineers
- Stationary firemen
- Paper mill workers
- Construction contractors
- Concrete workers
- Iron and steel workers
- Pipefitters and welders
- Drywall finishers
- Floor coverers
People who had secondhand exposure to asbestos
Unfortunately, asbestos contamination wasn’t limited to the work sites and locations of the workers listed above. The families and friends of these workers were often exposed, as the employees came home with asbestos-contaminated clothing that these other people came into contact with.
In addition, any people who lived near mining, milling and manufacturing locations were at risk of asbestos exposure. In fact, it’s estimated that fibers released from construction sites could create environmental asbestos levels nearly 100 times greater than in other areas.
People who were exposed to products that contain asbestos
The Asbestos Information Association reports that there are more than 3,000 commercial and household products that contain asbestos. Vehicle parts, certain construction materials (such as corrugated sheeting, prefabricated cement and roofing tiles), fireproof clothing (important to firefighters, glass blowers, etc.), and even potting soil contain asbestos.
In addition, approximately 1.2 billion square feet of asbestos insulation has been used in hundreds of thousands of buildings throughout the United States — ranging from homes to schools to offices.
We’re here to help
Because many companies knew the deadly effects of their products — but chose to hide the results of their internal health studies — they are responsible for many cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Our lawyers for mesothelioma claims can review your case and see if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit against the company responsible for your exposure. Give us a call at 855-280-7664 or complete our contact form today.