How Are People Exposed to Asbestos?

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2018

Asbestos is a mineral that can be configured into a soft and flexible fiber that’s resistant to heat, electricity, and chemical corrosion. It was used in a variety of industrial projects, including the construction of buildings, until its toxic properties were linked to serious health problems including mesothelioma—a type of cancer that affects the pleura surrounding the lungs.

Despite efforts to stop the use of asbestos and to remove it from existing buildings and applications, it can still be found in workplaces and homes across the country. People who are exposed to asbestos even once are at risk of developing health problems like mesothelioma, as the fibers are easily inhaled and can become embedded inside lung tissue and membranes.

Common sources of asbestos exposure include:

  • Workplaces – Although homes can be filled with asbestos, most victims’ exposure occurs at work. Industries such as mining, construction, shipbuilding, and firefighting are at high risk for asbestos exposure, as the material is used in many applications and products that are frequently encountered or handled.
  • Military service – Asbestos was also widely used in the U.S. military between 1935 and 1975. Because asbestos may not cause health problems for up to 50 years after exposure, many veterans are just now beginning to show symptoms of asbestos fiber inhalation that occurred decades ago during their military service.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help establish that your illness or injury was caused by exposure to asbestos. We have years of experience helping victims of asbestos exposure, and we know the right steps to take find out exactly what caused your health problems. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.