Who is at Risk for Developing Mesothelioma?
While there are a number of trades and workers that have a high risk of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, many individuals may develop the disease without even realizing that they were exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos has been incorporated into many construction and building materials before the 1970s, both residentially and commercially. Even those who have not consciously worked with asbestos are at risk.
In fact, there is evidence that family members that lived with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. If the worker brought asbestos dust or fibers home on their clothing or hair, anyone living with them could potentially breathe it in and be at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.
Additionally, there are those that were environmentally exposed to asbestos. A naturally-occurring mineral, asbestos was mined in various parts of the United States. While all asbestos mines in the U.S. have since been shut down, there are those that were exposed in the past and are now suffering with diseases like mesothelioma.
Learn more about some of the workers and industries that are most at risk for being exposed to asbestos and developing mesothelioma. If you have been exposed to asbestos and are now suffering with an asbestos-related disease, you could be eligible to file a claim.