Who’s at Risk?
Who’s at Risk?
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases most often occur as the result of occupational exposure, but there have also been cases where adverse health consequences have been reported in family members of workers who were occupationally exposed, and in communities whose members were exposed to asbestos through environmental sources.
Occupational exposure accounts for a majority of all asbestos-related diseases. In fact, approximately 80% of all individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma report a known history of asbestos exposure during their job. Although asbestos was used extensively throughout a number of employment sectors, certain occupations were exposed to asbestos more frequently or in higher levels. Some of these professions include, but are not limited to, asbestos mining workers, shipyard workers, steel workers, railroad workers, construction workers, tradesmen and craftsmen, and various manufacturing workers.
Spouses and children of workers exposed to asbestos have also reported cases of mesothelioma and other health complications. This is most likely the result of workers bringing home asbestos dust on their clothing, shoes or hair.
Asbestos is found naturally in nature. As a result, populations or communities in close proximity to naturally occurring asbestos, including mines, often report higher rates of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
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Asbestos exposure does not necessarily mean that you will develop mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disorders. It does, however, increase your risks. As such, we recommend anyone who may have had prolonged exposure or who may be experiencing signs and symptoms of mesothelioma or other disorders to speak with a qualified medical professional.
At Peter Angelos, P.C., our mesothelioma lawyers represent victims of asbestos exposures. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer, or if you would like to personally discuss your case with a member of our legal team, contact our firm today.