It is no longer a secret that prolonged asbestos can cause health issues. These health issues are serious and include mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is often terminal. Most of the individuals who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses were exposed to asbestos in their workplaces. Although asbestos can be found in nearly any older building, certain types of building and workplace put workers at a greater risk of exposure. If you worked in any of the following industries, you have a greater risk of suffering from mesothelioma than individuals employed in other fields. Developing mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace could entitle you to file a workers’ compensation claim, even if the exposure happened decades ago.
Individuals who worked in manufacturing often suffered greater exposure to asbestos than those employed in other fields. This is true regardless of what the individual manufactured because asbestos can be found throughout industrial settings. It can be found in gaskets, insulation, machinery parts, and many types of heat-proof objects. Depending on the individual’s specific field, he or she could also have been exposed to asbestos through heat-proof gloves and paper containing asbestos.
Navy veterans comprise a disproportionate percentage of mesothelioma patients. This is because in shipyards and on ships, asbestos is prevalent. Individuals employed in shipbuilding and in ships’ boiler rooms are the most at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos was used as an insulator. Using and working around insulated materials meant regular contact with asbestos, which could be absorbed through the skin through regular contact.
During the early to mid-20th century, asbestos could be found all of the following:
Construction and demolition workers come into contact with these materials every day they work. Demolition workers are especially at risk for asbestos exposure because when asbestos is broken down into powder form, it can easily be inhaled.
Like construction workers, firefighters are at risk of asbestos exposure because they work in and around building materials in various states of disrepair. In a fire, asbestos particles can enter the air, where they can easily be inhaled by firefighters attending to the scene. In addition to damaged building materials, firefighters often work with equipment that contains asbestos as an insulator like helmets and boots.
Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various other conditions that can impact your quality of life. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness after working in an environment where you were exposed to the mineral, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills. Contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer at Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC today to schedule your free consultation in our office.
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