Asbestos exposure has been found to be the main cause of mesothelioma. If you inhale asbestos, you may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Visiting with a mesothelioma attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you determine if you may be able to file a claim for mesothelioma. Call us now at (800) 794-0444.
How Mesothelioma Develops
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, approximately 70% to 80% of patients that receive a mesothelioma diagnosis also experience asbestos exposure. Builders use asbestos, a natural fibrous mineral, to build properties. When you inhale asbestos fibers, they can create scarring and inflammation within different areas of the body. This scarring and inflammation can damage a person’s DNA, and after decades of remaining dormant, produce cancerous cellular changes.
The World Health Organization gave asbestos, a natural mineral found in the ground, a carcinogen classification after discovering that it causes cancer.
Mesothelioma can occur in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testes.
Highest Risk for Mesothelioma
Typically, one incident of inhaling asbestos will not raise someone’s risk of mesothelioma. Those involved in certain industries might have a much higher chance of developing mesothelioma.
Industries Where Asbestos Exposure Is Common
The roles that are susceptible to asbestos exposure are in blue-collar industries or within the military. The following employment areas have a statistically higher risk of their employees developing mesothelioma:
- Asbestos mines
- Asbestos-processing plant
- Construction site
- Power plant
- Chemical plant
- Industrial site
- Auto mechanic site
- Boiler room
Military personnel and firefighters who work in facilities with asbestos-containing products are also susceptible to developing mesothelioma. Consumers who use renovation products for their homes that require removing asbestos are also vulnerable to developing the illness.
Family Members Also Have a Risk of Asbestos Exposure
Your family member who works with asbestos can also put you at risk of developing mesothelioma if they come home with asbestos dust on their clothing. Working with the following materials can increase the likelihood of asbestos exposure:
- Ceiling tiles
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Other Causes of Mesothelioma
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, research shows that approximately 20% of all mesothelioma cases are not due to asbestos exposure. Scientists know that the main cause of mesothelioma cases occur due to either primary or secondary exposure to asbestos. If you experienced a primary or secondary exposure to asbestos, you have options. You should have a yearly examination to check for any asbestos-related conditions.
Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma. If you worked in an industry where asbestos exposure occurs, you may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Many companies knew that their asbestos-containing products contained a carcinogen but did not warn their employees about the dangers of using asbestos-containing materials. You may be able to recover compensation for your mesothelioma. There are other causes of mesothelioma which you may have experienced.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how you may be able to receive compensation for your diagnosis of mesothelioma. The initial consultation is free, and we accept no attorney’s fees unless and until you win your case. There is no risk in working with our team.