Recognizing Your Risks for Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks a victim’s lungs, ultimately resulting in death. Although researchers are working on a cure for this cancer, the condition is, sadly, incurable right now. The only known cause of mesothelioma right now is exposure to asbestos, and often this exposure occurred decades before the signs of mesothelioma first appeared. Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was widely used in construction and manufacturing industries, because it is both fire-resistant and extremely strong, but its use was formally banned in the U.S. in 1979 because of the dangers it posed to people’s health.
If you or someone you know developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, you should seek legal assistance and medical attention immediately. For more information, contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer with Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-781-3955 to discuss pursuing financial compensation.
High Risk Occupations
Although mesothelioma is indiscriminate and can affect anyone exposed to asbestos, the risks are greater for certain individuals. For instance, those who worked in the following occupations prior to 1980 have a higher risk for developing mesothelioma:
- Demolition work
- Pipe fitters / plumbers
- Drywall installers
- Floor installers (ceramic tile)
- Military personnel
Workers in these fields were very likely to be exposed to broken, airborne asbestos fibers, so if you held any of these jobs prior to 1980, your risk for developing mesothelioma may be high.
If you or someone you know has developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job, contact an asbestos attorney from Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-781-3955 and discuss your legal options.