Second Hand Asbestos Exposure
Thanks to a variety of public awareness campaigns, the vast majority of people now recognize the dangers of second hand smoke from cigarettes and other tobacco products. Much like cigarettes, second hand asbestos exposure also carries immense risks to a person’s health.
Second hand exposure means that the person who is being exposed is not exposed through direct contact or interaction with the object. It’s a more passive form of exposure in which the person is exposed through contact with something else that one ordinarily wouldn’t expect to contain asbestos.
One of the most commonly seen forms of second hand asbestos is through laundry. There have been numerous cases reported both in the United States and the United Kingdom in which a child charged with the chore of doing the laundry or a spouse who has done the laundry for half a century will be diagnosed with mesothelioma and have no recollection of actually ever coming in contact with anything containing the fibers.
Because of the risk of second hand exposure, it is important that anyone who knowingly works with asbestos take all necessary precautions to ensure that the fibers are contained to the work area. If this involves decontamination and wearing shoes that are only used around asbestos, then so be it. Individuals who are not aware of the risk of asbestos exposure or even that they are being exposed have no way of defending themselves by taking necessary precautions.
Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis from this exposure, contact a mesothelioma lawyer of Williams Kherkher at 1-800-781-3955 to discuss your situation and to determine your legal options.