Mesothelioma Risk Factors

Mesothelioma Risk Factors

Our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers represent victims who have developed serious or life threatening diseases as a result of asbestos exposure. If you or someone you love is suffering from an asbestos disease such as mesothelioma and falls into one of the risk categories below, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information, contact the asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar today.

Who is at risk of developing mesothelioma?

A risk factor is something that increases a person’s likelihood of developing a disease. Smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer. Excessive sun exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer. And for mesothelioma, asbestos exposure is the primary and almost exclusive risk factor.

This risk increases for people exposed to high levels of asbestos as well as for people exposed over an extended length of time. However, evidence indicates that even people exposed for brief periods – months or even weeks – may be at risk of developing mesothelioma. The fact is, there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure.

People at greatest risk of asbestos exposure are those working with asbestos containing materials or living near locations where asbestos is mined, manufactured into products, or disturbed through building renovation, demolition, or deterioration. Spouses and families of asbestos workers may also be at risk of exposure through asbestos fibers carried home on clothing, hair, and skin. Although government regulation of asbestos has now greatly curtailed public exposure, anyone with a past history of asbestos exposure may be at risk of developing mesothelioma.

If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma as a result of past asbestos exposure, you have legal rights and options.  Contact our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers for a free review of your case.

High Risk Industries

Workers in the following industries, particularly prior to the 1970s, are at higher risk of developing mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Shipbuilding
  • Maritime & Navy
  • Manufacturing (products containing asbestos)
  • Textile
  • Automotive (brake and clutch mechanics)
  • Custodial & Building Maintenance
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Railroad
  • Aircraft & Aerospace
  • Oil Refining
  • Warehousing
  • Telephone
  • Chemical (chemical plants)
  • Steel (steel mills)
  • Cement (cement plants)
  • Rubber

This list is not exhaustive. Asbestos was once so widely used, and across so many different industries, that anyone working in design, construction, or other trades prior to the late 1970s has a good chance of having been exposed to it.

Contact our Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawyers

For years, many workers and families were unknowingly exposed to asbestos dust by companies that knew the danger and did nothing to protect them. If you or a family member has developed mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, our law firm is here to help.  Contact the asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar today.