Asbestos exposure has caused thousands of respiratory and abdominal injuries. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma victims and their family members are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained from asbestos exposure.
Even those who don’t work directly with asbestos are at risk of developing mesothelioma, including family members and close associates. Workplace asbestos can be carried on clothing and hair and be easily transmitted. This means even those with indirect exposure are eligible for financial compensation, including funds from asbestos trusts and lawsuit settlements.
The following occupations are considered high risk for developing mesothelioma cancer:
- Auto Mechanics
- Construction Workers
- Factory Workers
- Industrial Workers
- Shipyard Workers
Identifying asbestos exposure can be a time-consuming process but well worth the effort because it can provide to greater sources of financial compensation. When years pass between exposure and disease symptoms, it may seem impossible to identify the source. Our patient advocates can help you determine who is responsible for your asbestos exposure.
- Address of suspected exposure site.
- History of asbestos use at exposure site.
- Length of asbestos use at exposure site.
- Inspection records from exposure site.
- Extent of exposure to other employees.
- Number of claims filed against the site.
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9/11 and Mesothelioma
When the Twin Towers collapsed, a cloud of asbestos-containing dust, smoke and debris blanketed the area. First responders heroically saved lives while unknowingly breathing in asbestos fibers. At the time, officials said the air was safe to breathe but studies now show that is not true. Even though mesothelioma typically takes up to 50 years to develop, many who were on scene at the building collapses have already been diagnosed with the disease due to the large amounts of airborne asbestos.
There are several ways 9/11 victims are being awarded financial assistance, including through the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This specialized Victims Compensation Fund, established through an act of Congress, was first created to run through 2016, but lawmakers quickly saw there was a much greater need and extended coverage for several decades. Our attorneys will review your case to determine if you are eligible for aid through the Victims Compensation Fund.
Second Hand Exposure
For decades, family members of workers have been developing mesothelioma as a result of second-hand exposure. When workers unknowingly track microscopic asbestos fibers into their vehicles, homes and other places, there is a greater risk for those around them to develop asbestos cancer.
In many cases, wives and children have been exposed to second-hand asbestos through the negligence of an at-fault company. Those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after second-hand asbestos exposure have an equal right to file claims through bankruptcy trusts or seek legal settlements.
- Lung cancer. Asbestos occupations. Retrieved from http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/solddc-chapters/occupational.pdf
- Department of Environmental Protection. Asbestos. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/superfund/health/contaminants/asbestos/pdfs/noa_factsheet.pdf