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Jobs that May Have Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that has been used since the days of the Ancient Romans. It has long been prized for its ability to insulate against heat and flame, as well as to add strength. As a result, it was incorporated into products ranging from machinery and fabric to steel and home building materials. Asbestos is used globally and could be found in nearly all industrial and construction work settings in the United States up until the mid-1970s when the Environmental Protection Agency released information showing that the material was highly carcinogenic. Since that time, the use of asbestos has been dramatically curtailed, but that decrease in use came too late for those who were exposed to the material previously. Many have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, and others. People who have been exposed to this deadly material are often eligible to file for compensation for the damages that they suffered. This is in part a result of evidence that the companies that used asbestos in their products and work settings were well aware of the material’s dangers and did nothing to warn their employees or customers of the potential risks to their health. If you worked in one of the many jobs that may have exposed you to asbestos and you have questions regarding your legal rights, the personal injury lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have the answers that you need.

 

Though today there are numerous protections in place for people whose work requires exposure to asbestos, these protections are not foolproof, and many people continue to be exposed to dangerous quantities of the known carcinogen.  The industries and occupations that are at highest risk for exposure to asbestos include:

 

  • Construction Work
  • Demolition Work
  • Home Renovation
  • Roofing
  • Flooring
  • Insulators
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Firefighters
  • Industrial Workers
  • Mechanics
  • Chemical Workers
  • Machinery Operators
  • Textile Workers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Pipe Fitters
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Boiler Workers
  • Asbestos Mining
  • Asbestos Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Hospital Workers
  • Education Workers
  • Steel Workers
  • Government Workers

 

Though the dangers faced by those in industrial settings may be obvious, other jobs on this list may be less so. Teachers, hospital workers and government workers are frequently exposed to asbestos because the buildings in which they work were constructed using extensive amounts of asbestos. As the material breaks down over time, tiny particles of it become airborne and are easily inhaled or ingested.  

 

In addition to occupational settings, people can be exposed to asbestos as a result of simply sharing a home with a person who works with asbestos. There have been many asbestos lawsuits filed by women who were sickened after years of washing their husband’s asbestos-contaminated work clothes, and children whose exposure came from climbing onto their father’s laps or hugging them when they returned home from work each day.

 

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you have a number of legal options available to you. If you need an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you or answer the questions, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to set up a free consultation.