Exposure to asbestos at any level may be harmful. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, it can cause cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases. Generally, these diseases take a long time to develop after initial exposure, with symptoms appearing between 20 to 50 years later. There are several factors that can impact the level of exposure to asbestos.
PWHD explains the different degrees of asbestos exposure, whether one-time exposure is dangerous, and the likelihood of asbestos exposure making someone ill. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease after being exposed to this dangerous mineral, our firm is prepared to help. You may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical expenses.
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Is Any Amount of Asbestos Exposure Safe?
No amount of asbestos exposure is safe. Asbestos exposure can happen not just at work, but also at home. It is important to take precautions to avoid inhaling this toxic dust when doing a home remodel or renovating an older home (most homes before the 1980s were built using asbestos). Additionally, many spouses and family members of asbestos workers have developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos brought home on the clothes, body, or personal articles of their asbestos-worker family member.
Being exposed to a small amount of asbestos numerous times can potentially lead to a serious disease. It is also possible for a single event to cause a considerable amount of asbestos exposure and increase the risk of disease later in life.
Despite the regulation of asbestos in the 1970s and 1980s, cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases continue to emerge due to occupational or secondary exposure. Asbestos is still a hazard for many workers. Demolition workers and firefighters may still become exposed to asbestos in older structures. Mechanics may even become exposed to asbestos found in automotive parts.
Risk of Developing an Asbestos-Related Disease
The risk of developing an illness due to asbestos depends on several factors unique to the individual exposed. Some of these risk factors may include, but are not limited to:
- Source of exposure – Working in certain occupations, using or disturbing asbestos-containing products, living near contaminated job sites or living with an asbestos worker can all increase the risk of potentially developing mesothelioma.
- Asbestos amount – Even low levels can cause asbestos-related diseases. There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.
- Duration of exposure – Working with or being exposed to asbestos repeatedly over a number of years.
- Asbestos type – All types of asbestos are dangerous.
- History of smoking – Smoking tobacco or cigarettes while being exposed to asbestos can increase the risk of developing lung cancer. However, smoking does not contribute to cause mesothelioma.
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If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, PWHD is here to help.
A trusted asbestos injury lawyer in Hampton Roads is prepared to help you identify the source, amount and duration of your exposure to build a strong case on your behalf. We have more than 45 years of asbestos litigation experience and have recovered significant compensation on behalf of our clients.
To find out of you have a case, call our office today to set up a free and confidential consultation. You are not obligated after meeting with us to retain our services, but if you do, we charge no upfront fees.