According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the mineral asbestos is considered a carcinogen, which is a known cancer-causing material. Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point in their life. You can find lower levels of asbestos in the air, water, and soil. Most people do not develop asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma from these limited exposures. Understanding who is most at risk for mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer can help you determine if you should seek medical evaluation yearly for these conditions.
If you received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, contact our asbestos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can help you understand your legal rights and help you build your case to receive compensation for your condition.
Development of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer
The construction industry in the 1940s used asbestos for insulation, fireproofing and other purposes. Several different types of workers handled this fibrous mineral, which can cause mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer when inhaled.
Common Industries Associated with Asbestos
Some of the most common workers at the highest risk for developing asbestos-related cancers include those in asbestos mining and milling, asbestos processing plants, shipbuilding, manufacturing plants that worked on asbestos textiles and other asbestos-containing products, construction workers who handled insulation, drywall removers, automobile mechanics (prior to the 1980s), firefighters, and other workers who dealt with asbestos in any way.
World Trade Center in New York City
Many industries have regulated the use and exposure of their workers to asbestos-containing products and materials. However, more recently, a great deal of the individuals that worked on the cleanup of the horrific aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Asbestos was present in the buildings that fell, and tons of this cancer-causing material blew into the air. Health services should monitor the firefighters, paramedics, police officers, construction workers, volunteers, and neighbors near Ground Zero over the next several decades for any signs of mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer. If you were a first responder or resident who lived near the World Trade Center during the terror attacks, contact our mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you determine if you can receive compensation for your condition.
Some family members of those workers exposed to asbestos have also faced an increased risk in the development of both mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Workers would bring asbestos fibers into the home on their clothing, shoes, skin, and hair, and family members would breathe these fibers in daily. This secondary exposure was most noticed in communities that mined or processed asbestos.
No Safe Level of Exposure to Asbestos
While there is officially no safe level of asbestos exposure, typically, those persons who developed mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer were ones who had significant and prolonged exposure to this carcinogen. If exposed to asbestos, you should have a yearly medical evaluation to determine any signs or symptoms that could be associated with an asbestos-related condition. While there are no cures for these types of cancers, additional treatments are available if they are discovered at earlier stages.
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Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. If you worked in any industry or had a close family member that worked in an industry that had exposure to asbestos, you may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Many companies knew that their asbestos-containing products contained a carcinogen and failed to warn people of the dangers.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how you may be able to receive compensation for your diagnosis of mesothelioma. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you do not pay unless we win.