Asbestos was once known as the ‘magical mineral’ for its high resistance to fire and acid, its usefulness as a strong binding agent, and the ease with which it could be mixed or added to other products. By the mid-20th century, it was used in nearly 3,000 products worldwide. Click here for a history of asbestos. However, asbestos has a downside: it is a known carcinogen (causes cancer) and is extremely dangerous when inhaled, particularly in dust form (friable asbestos) when millions of tiny particles can be easily inhaled and get lodged in the lung. Jobs that directly expose workers to asbestos fibers have the highest risk of the workers developing mesothelioma, a rare and often lethal type of cancer. Workers who are exposed to asbestos indirectly, such as working on job site where materials containing asbestos are installed or removed, as well as family members of asbestos workers are also at risk for developing mesothelioma. The victims of mesothelioma and their families may be entitled to compensation since many companies that have used or manufactured asbestos-containing products were aware of the dangers of asbestos and failed to warn their workers. In failing to adequately warn or educate their workers, these companies knowingly put the lives and families of their employees at risk. For over a decade, the attorneys of Connelly Law have amassed a vast database of knowledge and documentation of product manufacturers and worksites where workers were at risk for asbestos exposure. The attorneys are experts at establishing a connection between a victim’s occupational exposure and their disease. Once it is determined where exposure occurred, the next step is to pursue litigation with the liable party.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us for a case review.
There are many other jobs in the construction industry and other trades that involve asbestos and unfortunately can result in a diagnosis of mesothelioma as well.
Although an individual may not be dealing with asbestos products directly, he or she may be exposed indirectly. For example, an electrician who works next to a drywaller who sands joint compound on a regular basis can easily breathe in millions of asbestos fibers. This same principle applies to family members of asbestos workers. Spouses and other people living in the household are often diagnosed with the diseases associated with asbestos. Asbestos may be brought home on the clothing (such as a hat or shoes), as well as in the vehicle of a worker who can then distribute it throughout the house. A particularly heavy second-hand exposure can occur while doing a spouse’s laundry. This is generally referred to as second-hand asbestos exposure.
If you believe you have mesothelioma from working with any of these materials, it is important that you contact an attorney to understand your legal rights.