Asbestos exposure is the only confirmed cause of mesothelioma in the United States. The presence of dust from an asbestos-containing product often leads to asbestos exposure and presents an immediate and significant risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestos lung cancer or asbestosis.
Asbestos is a mineral that is milled into microscopic fibers. Asbestos has been used in hundreds of consumer and industrial products. When those products are sanded, cut, or broken apart, they release asbestos dust.
When asbestos is breathed in, the small fibers enter the deep recesses of the lung. Some asbestos fibers remain in the lung tissue where they can cause asbestosis or lung cancer. However, many asbestos fibers move from the lung to other areas of the body, including the pleura (lining of the lungs), and peritoneum (lining of the abdomen). Here they slowly form mesothelioma cancer that may take decades to detect.
There Is No Safe Level of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma even when the exposure occurred only for a short duration. For example, asbestos exposure from a summer job in a person’s teens has been known to cause mesothelioma. Having said that, one breath of asbestos taken over a lifetime will not likely cause mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease.
Most industries have phased asbestos out of their products, but it is still used in the United States. Efforts are underway in the U.S. Congress to ban the use of the compound.
Forms of Asbestos Exposure
Generally, there are three types of asbestos exposure, all of which can lead to the development of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases:
- Direct exposure occurs when a person is directly exposed to asbestos or an asbestos-containing material. Direct exposure usually occurs in the workplace, but can also happen when working with asbestos-containing products at home.
- Bystander exposure occurs when a person standing near or in the vicinity of asbestos breathes fibers or dust that is spread into the air.
- Secondary exposure, also known as take-home exposure, occurs when a spouse or parent unknowingly brings asbestos home from work on their clothing. This exposure most often affects the family member who does the worker’s laundry. But close contact, such as a welcome-home hug, can also result in exposure to asbestos dust.
Types of Asbestos
Three major types of asbestos have been sold commercially in the United States, and all of them are known to cause mesothelioma.
- Chrysotile (which accounts for more than 90% of the asbestos sold in this country);
- Crocidolite (blue) asbestos.
The above types of asbestos have been used in a vast array of products:
- Boiler cement;
- Brake linings;
- Cement insulation;
- Clutch facings;
- Electrical panels;
- Floor tile;
- Fireproofing spray;
- Furnace cement;
- Heat exchangers;
- Industrial ovens;
- Insulated wire and cable;
- Joint compounds;
- Lighting fixtures;
- Pipe insulation;
- Steam traps;
- Printing equipment;
- Tiles (roof, floor and ceiling);
- Transite siding;
- Welding rods.
Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
By far, the most common source of asbestos exposure is the workplace. Certain trades have seen the greatest numbers of mesothelioma cases:
- Auto repair (mechanic);
- Boat construction (boat builder);
- Boiler repair (boilermaker);
- Brickwork (bricklayer);
- Building inspection;
- Carpentry (carpenter);
- Commercial painting (painter);
- Electrical work (electrician);
- Engineering (engineer);
- Factory work;
- Foundry work;
- Furnace repair;
- Insulation (insulator);
- Machining (machinist);
- Masonry (mason);
- Mechanical repair (mechanic);
- Merchant marine (sailor);
- Millwork (millwright);
- Other equipment repair;
- Pipe-fitting (pipe fitter);
- Plastering (plasterer);
- Plumbing (plumber);
- Power plant work;
- Pump repair;
- Refinery work;
- Ship construction (ship builder);
- Ship repair;
- Steam fitting (steam fitter);
- Steel manufacturing (steelworker);
- Welding (welder);
- US Navy.
Unfortunately, workers were not warned about the dangers of asbestos contained in the products they worked with, and this failure to warn has resulted in widespread incidents of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases across the country.
Mesothelioma usually arises at least fifteen years after a person’s first exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma victims are usually shocked to learn that asbestos exposure that occurred many years ago has caused their present-day cancer.
Information Regarding Asbestos Exposure
- Asbestos Exposure At Lilco
- Asbestos Exposure Bowline Powerhouse Haverstraw New York
- Asbestos Exposure Charles Pfizer Plant Brooklyn New York
- Asbestos Exposure Eastman Kodak Rochester New York
- Asbestos Exposure Kentile Floors Brooklyn New York
- Asbestos Exposure Roseton Generating Station Newburgh New York
- Asbestos Exposure Todd Shipyard Brooklyn Hoboken
- Asbestos Exposures Aes Hickling Generation Plant Corning New York
- Asbestos Exposures Aes Jennison Bainbridge New York
- Asbestos Exposures Albany Steam Station
- Asbestos Exposures Alcoa Massena New York
- Asbestos Exposures At Huntley Generating Station Tonawanda New York
- Asbestos Exposures Beesley Point Generating Station Cape May New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Consolidated Shipbuilding Bronx New York
- Asbestos Exposures Danskammer Generation Station Newburgh New York
- Asbestos Exposures Dunkirk Generating Station New York
- Asbestos Exposures Federal Shipbuilding Drydock Kearny New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant Scriba New York
- Asbestos Exposures General Dynamics Plant Avenel New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures General Electric Schenectady New York
- Asbestos Exposures Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
- Asbestos Exposures Greenidge Generation Plant Dresden New York
- Asbestos Exposures Hudson Generating Station Jersey City New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Kintigh Generating Station Barker New York
- Asbestos Exposures Military Shipyard Terminal Bayonne New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Milliken Power Station Lansing New York
- Asbestos Exposures National Lead Company Sayreville New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station Oswego New York
- Asbestos Exposures Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station Forked River New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Proctor Gamble Staten Island New York
- Asbestos Exposures Pseg Linden Generating Station Linden New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Reynolds Metals Company Massena New York
- Asbestos Exposures Salem Nuclear Generating Station Hope Creek Generating Station Salem County New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Samuel Carlson Generating Station Jamestown New York
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Beebee Station Rochester New York
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered C R Huntley Generating Station Tonawanda New York
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Indian Point Nuclear Plant Buchanan New York
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Kearny Generating Station Kearny New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Mercer Generating Station Hamilton New Jersey
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Orange Rocklands Lovett Power Plant Tompkins Cove New York
- Asbestos Exposures Suffered Russell Station Rochester New York
- Asbestos Exposures Westover Power Station Johnson City New York
ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain,
suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and
loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma
treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt
in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or by submitting an email inquiry (see form above). Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
NOTE: While our offices are located in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, many of our mesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
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