Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Affecting Women and Children

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It has long been established that direct exposure to asbestos is a health hazard directly linked to serious diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. More recently, however, medical physicians have noticed an increasing number of secondhand asbestos exposure cases among women and children who never worked directly with or around asbestos.

Asbestos may be found in drywall, cement, paints, sealants, insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, bricks, pipes and gaskets, as well as thousands of other construction, commercial and household products. This puts a wide range of occupations at tremendous risk, particularly carpenters, electricians, factory workers, HVAC mechanics, oil refinery workers, plumbers, construction workers, auto mechanics, cement workers, steel, paper and textile workers, firefighters, shipyard workers, railroad workers and chemical plant workers.

What is Secondhand Asbestos Exposure?

Many of workers in these professions unknowingly “bring work home” with them. Asbestos fibers attach to hair, skin and clothes, making a simple hug dangerous business. Women have been accidentally exposed to secondhand asbestos exposure by doing the laundry of her husband, and children have been exposed by sitting on their father’s lap.

Living near an asbestos mine, refinery, power plant, shipyard, rail yard, steel mill, or a company that manufactures products containing asbestos can also cause secondary asbestos exposure.

Regular exposure to asbestos – whether direct or indirect – greatly increases the possibility of developing an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma. Common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pains and coughing. If you or someone you know lives with someone who works in an at-risk occupation or lives near an asbestos-producing company, see a doctor right away. Then talk to an asbestos lawyer at 1-800-THE-LAW2. You could receive compensation for your medical expenses, time off work, and pain and suffering.