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Exposed to Asbestos? Mesothelioma Risk is High for You, and Your Family Members

Asbestos in the HomeMost people who have worked in an environment contaminated with asbestos are aware that they are at higher risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Hopefully, they have alerted their physician of this exposure so that they can work as a team to monitor any changes in health that may be signs of mesothelioma. But there is another, equally important level of awareness that people exposed to asbestos need to have, and that is that their family members and friends may be just as at risk as they are. Secondhand-exposure to asbestos puts people at serious risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis, ad is a tragic additional layer of the wrongs done by the asbestos companies: it acts as a multiplier to the number of people who may be sickened as a result of greed and negligence.

There are a growing number of mesothelioma victims who have been identified as having been exposed to asbestos as a result of living in the same home as those who worked with asbestos. In many cases the victims are wives who laundered their husband’s asbestos dust-covered clothing at the end of each work day, or children who ran to greet their fathers upon their arrival home from work, oblivious to the carcinogenic dust that coated their parent’s hair, skin and clothing. Victims include those whose loved ones worked in shipyards, railroads, steel mills, pipe fitters, bricklayers, construction workers, and insulators, as well as many other professions. Though the family members themselves had no exposure themselves to the toxic material, the small amount that was brought into their homes was enough for them to have ingested or inhaled and to have lodged within the cells of their bodies. Decades later, these fibers have done their work, killing the cells of the mesothelium and causing surrounding cells to mutate into deadly mesothelioma tumors.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is always fatal and tragic, but perhaps never so painful as when it is made on a person who did nothing but take care of their husband’s clothing or on an adult child who did nothing but climb onto their father’s lap at the end of a work day. If you or someone you love is the victim of familial mesothelioma, you may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit against the company or companies responsible. Call Danziger & DeLlano to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation. We are here to help.

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