Mesothelioma is a rare yet aggressive form of lung cancer that often develops after exposure to the toxic substance asbestos.
Certain individuals are more likely to be exposed to asbestos than others. Below, we discuss who these individuals are and what you can do if you developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure.
Where is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos is located all over the world and has been used throughout history for textiles, construction, and insulation. While the health hazards of asbestos were known for some time, it was not until the 1970s that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began regulating asbestos.
As such, there were many people exposed to asbestos in the workplace before the substance was regulated who may have since developed mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, which is the time that elapses between exposure to asbestos and the development of the disease. So, workers exposed to asbestos before the 1970s may not develop mesothelioma until today.
Those more likely to come into contact with asbestos in the workplace are those in the following professions:
- Asbestos plant workers
- Construction workers
- Industrial workers
- Factory workers
Additionally, certain veterans are at risk of developing mesothelioma because asbestos was widely used by every military branch for insulation purposes in ships, planes, vehicles, buildings, and military housing.
Were You Exposed to Asbestos in the Workplace? Contact Us Today
If you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace and have now developed mesothelioma, our team is here to help you. Our national mesothelioma attorneys are well-versed in this area of the law, and we can help you and your family recover the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and lost wages.
Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. today at (713) 787-3733 to schedule a consultation with our team.