The Greatest Risk Factors for Mesothelioma
Before the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in a variety of industries as a cheap alternative material for construction projects and product manufacturing. This continued until a link was discovered between the use of asbestos and the development of various forms of cancer, including meosthelioma.
Mesothelioma is a devastating cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma take decades to fully appear, making early detection and treatment very difficult.
Workers in the construction, service, manufacturing, and maritime industries are most commonly exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. While asbestos was banned in the United States many years ago, the material still appears in many common products and in older buildings throughout the country.
There are several factors that affect the severity of your asbestos exposure, including:
- The source of exposure
- The quantity of asbestos you were exposed to
- The amount of time that you were exposed to the asbestos
- The chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers that you were exposed to
- Your individual risk factors (history of lung disease or smoking, etc.)
Studies have shown that the chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers may make a difference in the severity of the asbestos that you may have ingested or inhaled. It has been suggested that the amphibole forms of asbestos are more harmful to the human body than the chrysotile forms. The amphibole forms often stay in the lungs for a longer period of time, causing more damage.
In many cases, your employer may be liable for your suffering if you develop mesothelioma as a result of your working environment. Employers are responsible for supplying workers with the proper safety equipment to ensure the protection of their health while on the job. If your employer failed to follow safety regulations and negligently exposed you to asbestos, it is in your best interest to contact a mesothelioma lawyer immediately.
Contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher for more information about your legal rights. Call 800-781-3955 today to schedule a consultation with one of Williams Kherkher’s skilled mesothelioma lawyers.