Given the thousands of products that were manufactured using asbestos since the late 1800s, millions of people in the United States have been exposed to the deadly fiber, including workers who have had to deal with the health hazards from asbestos. While heavy exposure to asbestos over a lengthy period of time can increase the risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer, even brief exposure is enough to contract these tragic diseases.
Exposure to asbestos fibers has occurred in a wide range of industries and job sites and has been recognized in workers of:
While exposure to asbestos on the job has been linked to many cases of mesothelioma, exposure can also occur in the home. This happens either from products installed in the home or from asbestos that has been brought home on the clothes of workers. We have successfully represented the wives and children of workers who were exposed to asbestos at home when the worker's clothes were laundered or when they came in contact with asbestos-containing carpets, drapes and furniture. The risk for secondary asbestos exposure can still have tragic consequences.
After the first exposure to asbestos, signs of illness may not develop for a long period of time. It can take from 20 to 40 years or more for symptoms of mesothelioma to appear.
To learn more about who is at risk for asbestos exposure, contact an experienced lawyer at Kaiser Gornick LLP. Schedule an initial consultation and speak with an attorney at our offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.