Are you at risk for exposure to asbestos because of your job?

Pennsylvania readers know there are some jobs that are riskier than others. While some jobs are inherently dangerous, there are certain occupations that could come with the risk of unseen dangers, such as exposure to toxic substances. One of the most dangerous types of work-related toxic exposure is contact with asbestos.

Asbestos is a material commonly found in building materials and industrial products. Because it is highly heat-resistant, it has uses in insulation, cement and more. A person who comes into contact with this type of material could breathe in unseen asbestos fibers, where they could eventually cause serious illnesses, such as lung disease and cancer.

Is your job placing you at risk?

Most people are now aware of the danger of this type of material, and jobs that could require employees to come into contact with this material should provide extensive training and safety equipment. The jobs and industries that are more likely to expose workers to asbestos include the following:

  • People who work in the mining industry
  • Auto mechanics
  • Shipbuilders and shipyard workers
  • Construction workers
  • Carpenters and electricians
  • Plumbers

Essentially, anyone involved with building, mechanics, demolition or remodeling work could face an increased chance that they will come into contact with asbestos. With property safety equipment, warnings and training, it may be possible to mitigate the chance that this material will be detrimental to your health in the future.

What happens if I'm exposed?

Exposure to asbestos could be very serious for your health long-term. Even minimal exposure could lead to serious lung problems, such as the development of mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung diseases and other serious respiratory problems.

Even secondary exposure to asbestos could be hazardous to a person's health. Employers are responsible for taking this risk very seriously and doing everything in their power to help workers avoid danger and undue harm.

What are my rights?

If you faced exposure to this toxic material and it ultimately led to a serious health condition, you have options. You could have a right to certain types of compensation, even if the initial exposure happened years or decades previously.

In order to understand your rights and the options available to you, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This step can help you better see the choices you have, including the possible pursuit of recompense for you and your family. Asbestos exposure and illnesses are serious, but you do not have to navigate these issues on your own.

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