Mesothelioma And Asbestos Exposure


Asbestos has been extensively used due to its strength and heat resistance. However, it has been scientifically proven that it is a hazardous substance that causes mesothelioma. Therefore, it is important to know the sources of asbestos exposure

Asbestos Exposure from Automotive Parts

The automotive industry quickie expanded during the 20th century, leading to a great demand for asbestos-containing components like brakes, clutches and mufflers. However, despite knowing the hazards of this material, it was still utilized by manufacturers because of its heat-resistance properties and low cost. This led to wide exposure to automotive professionals mainly through breathing in or coming into contact with asbestos dust when working on brakes and clutches. Find out more about Asbestos Exposure from Automotive Parts.

Asbestos Exposure at Home

From the 1960s to 1970s, asbestos was extensively used in widely available building materials and automotive parts, such as brake linings and gaskets. Consumers handling these products during home renovations or routine vehicle maintenance unwittingly exposed themselves and their families to asbestos fibers. Homes and apartments constructed or renovated between the 1940s and 1980s likely contain asbestos in materials such as roofing materials, floor tiles, insulation, and other building components. Activities like cutting, sanding, or demolishing these materials can release hazardous asbestos fibers into the air, posing significant long-term health risks. Maintenance tasks involving home systems like furnaces, electrical wiring, plumbing, and insulation further increase exposure risks.

Manufacturers historically neglected to warn consumers adequately about asbestos dangers, promoting these products for their convenience and durability without disclosing health risks. Today, residual asbestos in older homes remains a potential health hazard if not handled with caution during renovations or maintenance. Read more about Asbestos Exposure at Home.

Asbestos Exposure from Laboratories

Those who have never been employed in industries using asbestos will still be at risk when exposed to the substance within laboratories. For instance, gloves, hoods, aprons and safety wear made from asbestos textiles or fibers; asbestos mats, cushions and screens used for handling hot equipment could all serve as sources of exposure to this hazardous material. Read more about Asbestos Exposure from Laboratories.

Asbestos Exposure from Firefighter Clothing and Equipment

The use of asbestos in firefighting clothing and equipment has posed significant health risks to firefighters and their families. Asbestos, known for its heat-resistant properties, was incorporated into various firefighting gear such as coats, hoods, fire suits, jackets, liners, boots, and gloves. This was intended to protect firefighters from the intense heat of fires and to prolong the durability of their equipment.

Unfortunately, the asbestos fibers embedded in these materials posed a hidden danger. Over time, as firefighters wore and moved in their protective gear, the asbestos fibers could become dislodged and released into the air. This daily exposure meant that firefighters unknowingly inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, which could lead to serious health consequences later in life, including mesothelioma—a rare and aggressive form of cancer—as well as other asbestos-related diseases.

The issue was compounded by the fact that neither the fire departments nor the manufacturers of this protective clothing provided adequate warnings about the risks of asbestos exposure. As a result, firefighters not only faced occupational exposure themselves but also inadvertently brought asbestos fibers home on their clothing, putting their families at risk of secondary exposure.

Companies like Globe, Mine Safety Appliance, Midwest Glove, and others were involved in manufacturing and distributing asbestos-containing firefighting gear. Even larger corporations such as 3M supplied asbestos and asbestos-containing materials used in these products.

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Asbestos Exposure from Navy Ships

Asbestos exposure aboard Navy ships has been a longstanding issue affecting countless sailors who served between the 1940s and 1990s. During this period, asbestos was extensively used in shipbuilding as insulation and fireproofing material, particularly in cramped and poorly ventilated spaces like boiler rooms and engineering compartments. Navy personnel from various ratings including boilertenders, machinist mates, electricians, firemen, and equipment operators regularly worked in these hazardous environments. They operated and maintained equipment such as boilers, pumps, valves, condensers, turbines, and other machinery crucial for ship operations. These components often contained asbestos insulation, gaskets, packing materials, and other asbestos-based products. Read more about Asbestos Exposure from Navy Ships.

Legal actions have been pivotal in seeking justice for affected veterans. Levy Konigsberg LLP has been at the forefront, representing Navy veterans and their families in asbestos litigation. For instance, the case of Douglas Pokorney against Foster Wheeler highlighted the significant asbestos exposure he endured while serving aboard the USS Roan. The jury’s decision to award $5 million in damages underscored Foster Wheeler’s liability for Mr. Pokorney’s exposure, rejecting attempts to shift responsibility to the Navy.

Asbestos Exposure from Plastics

Plastics had also been made out of asbestos. This material was included in molding compounds created through both compression and injection processes, which often consisted of granules with a dusty outer layer resembling powder. Typically, they were used in high temperature applications across various sectors, such as automobile production, aerospace engineering, and electrical works. Many people got exposed to asbestos while dealing with these plastics throughout their entire lifecycle: from working on raw materials milling operations packaging etcetera — every stage involved the risk of inhaling airborne fibers among employees. 

Major chemical companies like Union Carbide, Du Pont, and General Electric manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing plastics until at least the early 1980s, impacting workers and their families. Read more about Asbestos Exposure from Plastics.

Asbestos Exposure in the Railroad Industry

Throughout various functions within the railway industry, asbestos exposure has been a major occupational hazard for railroad workers. Brake linings, engines, insulation and other materials used in locomotives and railroads were made out of asbestos because of its ability to resist heat during the 20th century. Such tasks as cutting or sanding down asbestos-containing parts were carried out in the course of railway work thus releasing dust into air with fibers that caused mesothelioma when inhaled; besides this constant wearing away of materials also added up to continuous risk exposure points . Because it was widely employed throughout many different areas so all people who worked there including repairmen; conductors as well as maintenance staff could have breathed them while executing their duties.  Read more about Asbestos Exposure in the Railroad Industry.

Abex Corporation, Johns Manville or Electro-Motive Diesel are among several companies which have faced lawsuits over their involvement with asbestos related activities leading to huge payouts being awarded against them.

Asbestos Exposure from Talc Products

Asbestos may be present in talc, a naturally occurring mineral that is used in products, such as baby powder and cosmetics. From initial tests during the 1960s, several talc products including those made by well-known brands like Johnson & Johnson have proved positive for containing high amounts of asbestos fibers. The fact that this knowledge about dangers related to talc application existed within beauty care companies for a very long time becomes obvious upon analyzing the case studies. Even the slightest contact with asbestos-laden talc can carry severe health hazards like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. It is especially important to only use talcum powders that are proven to be asbestos-free. People who are exposed over a long period should seek medical attention on a regular basis for early diagnosis of any diseases related to asbestos. Consumers may also consider the use of corn flour-based powders. FDA provides more in depth information about this. Find out more about Asbestos Exposure from Talc


Levy Konigsberg has been one of the foremost campaigners against contamination of talc by asbestos since 1985. Over time, they have collected significant evidence through probing domestic contaminations and going to court against cosmetic firms liable for causing exposure to asbestos fibers. This type of exposure disproportionately affects women and has major health consequences.

Asbestos Exposure from the Telecommunications Sector

For many people working in the telecommunications sector, asbestos exposure has been a major concern at telephone exchanges and central office equipment sites. Dust from this hazardous mineral was released into the air when employees disturbed it by cutting, stripping, sawing or drilling among other tasks done while handling devices in these places.

Various materials and equipment such as asbestos cable bags, asbestos cable-hole covers (also known as “Transite” covers) and asbestos-containing ‘ebony’ power boards were some of the main sources of asbestos exposure at telephone exchanges and central offices. Asbestos was used widely for fireproofing insulation around wiring and cables among other applications because it is resistant to heat. Another area where telephone workers could come into contact with fibers is manholes located underground; these contain duct pipes made from asbestos. When wires or cables are pulled through such conduit systems which have fiber particles inside them then more individuals are put at risk of being affected by this dangerous substance. Read more about Asbestos Exposure from the Telecommunications Sector.

Hidden Industrial Asbestos Exposure

Areas near construction, mining or industrial sites often see individuals affected by asbestos exposure who didn’t have direct industrial or occupational backgrounds. Asbestos gets widely used in industries, such as shipbuilding and construction because it is fireproof which means that workers who deal with insulation materials, roofing components and other building products containing this substance are at a higher risk.

For instance, in the West Bank area of New Orleans there was community exposure when a company called Johns Manville used to manufacture pipes from asbestos cement and then gave away the leftover material for people to use in their homes without knowing about its dangers thus putting them more at risk. This is just one example among many others like it around the world. Also, according to EPA there have been numerous sites across America where vermiculite contaminated with Libby Montana mine’s asbestos was processed releasing fibers into neighboring communities without taking necessary precautions. Even office support staffs or food servers working at these establishments can come into contact every day with items containing asbestos that were used by fellow employees. Read more about Hidden Industrial Asbestos Exposure.

Levy Konigsberg has a team of lawyers who specialize in investigating individual work histories and living environments so as to trace sources of exposure towards different environments within which they might have lived or worked . Their knowledge helps victims know what is right for them as far as seeking compensation through various legal channels becomes concerned while also aiding their families navigate through complex legal terrains linked with diseases caused by this mineral. 

Take-Home Asbestos Exposure

Take-home asbestos exposure is when someone not directly exposed to asbestos at work gets mesothelioma after being exposed at home by a family member who does work with or around the harmful mineral. This kind of exposure has gained awareness recently as a major cause of asbestos-related diseases.

While it may be invisible without magnification, asbestos fibers easily stick onto people’s clothing, skin and hair if they come into contact with this material or its products. Once these workers go back to their houses from job sites where they deal with such substances like insulation sprayed on beams during construction work or brake linings made from compressed powders containing crocidolite blue asbestos , among other things; then there is high chances that many more areas will become contaminated too. Wives who wash clothes for their husbands have been found at greatest danger because while handling garments polluted by malignant fibers which cause cancer called mesothelioma they can breathe them in as well as swallow them.  Read more about Take-Home Asbestos Exposure.

Courts have recognized this problem legally; for example New Jersey Supreme Court held that owners of premises owe duties towards protecting visitors against foreseeable harms including take home exposures . The duty arises from the fact that employers using hazardous materials are required to keep them safely contained so that nobody comes into contact with such substances indirectly through secondary exposures like those involving spouses doing laundry.


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