Asbestos exposure has many harmful effects, including cancers such as mesothelioma. In traditional cases, the asbestos may come from paint chips, harmful chemicals, insulation equipment, military-grade vehicles, and more. One business industry that seems to not receive consideration in most cases is the printing industry. Linotype machines may be the culprit behind many employees’ asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, a harmful cancer.
Symptoms of asbestos exposure
As mentioned, asbestos exposure can lead to cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Less commonly, you could receive cancer of the throat, gastrointestinal tract, or kidney. Less serious than cancer, however, are other diseases that you can develop as well. These include:
- Asbestosis that causes lung damage
- Scars on the lining of your lungs
- Effusions of the pleura of your lungs
Asbestos exposure from linotype machines
Thomas Pearson was an employee who was in charge of cleaning the linotype machine at the print shop where he worked. He performed this job for over 24 years, and his family sued the company for the asbestos exposure that Pearson experienced. He died from mesothelioma at the age of 72.
Legality of asbestos exposure
The family of Thomas Pearson was able to sue due to the legal issues that now surround asbestos exposure. The United States made regulations in the 1970s to safeguard employees from harmful asbestos exposure. These guidelines ensure that no particles are in the air and that inspections are completed to monitor exposure and more. The use of asbestos has been in decline since these regulations passed.
You are due compensation if you have a disease that came from asbestos exposure. You need a law team who is on your side and who will understand the ins and outs of this harmful material. You can receive liability from your exposure in the workplace and can sue for negligence with a legal team’s help.