There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos. As a result, anyone who has inhaled or swallowed the fibers is at risk for developing mesothelioma. The O’Brien Law Firm can help determine when and how someone was exposed to asbestos and which companies can be held accountable.
Workers who were exposed to asbestos for long periods of time, such as those in the construction, pipefitting, and plastering professions, have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. Even workers with a brief exposure can develop the disease. Many times someone with very little on-the-job exposure, such as a teenager who had a brief summer job in construction, will be diagnosed with mesothelioma.
The risk extends beyond those who worked directly with or around asbestos. Take home or indirect exposure to asbestos is also a prevalent cause of mesothelioma and asbestos disease. For example, many mesothelioma diagnoses have been reported in wives and children of workers in high-risk industries as a result of exposure to asbestos unwittingly brought home on the person and work clothes of these workers.