Anyone who comes into contact with asbestos—a known carcinogen that was once used in building materials—can be at risk for mesothelioma. Due to frequent exposure on the job, workers in some occupations may have a higher risk than others for developing the disease, including:
- construction workers,
- manufacturing workers,
- shipyard workers,
- and other trade workers.
Although mesothelioma is often diagnosed in people who had frequent exposure to asbestos, it also can develop from brief contact, and cases have been reported after fewer than three months of exposure. Children are at high risk for contracting mesothelioma and other asbestos-related health problems and can develop complications more quickly than adults.
FAMILIES AT RISK
In addition to workers, their family members also may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Asbestos particles can cling to a person’s clothing and hair. Close contact with a person who has been exposed to asbestos can lead to inhalation of asbestos fibers, and washing clothes that have been contaminated can cause the fibers to imbed in other clothing as well.
Families who live in homes built from 1945 to 1980—the peak years of asbestos use in construction—also may be at high risk for mesothelioma, as large amounts of asbestos may be present in the floors, walls, and ceilings of these homes. If these areas are disturbed because of drilling, electrical work, or home improvements, tiny asbestos particles can be released into the air and inhaled.
HOW WE CAN HELP
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our Houston mesothelioma lawyers know how dangerous asbestos exposure can be to you and your family. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that can require long periods of expensive treatments that may not even work.
If you or a family member has been injured or become ill due to asbestos exposure, we want to help you. It’s our goal to stand up for the rights of mesothelioma victims. Call our Houston asbestos attorneys today at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.