Some people in Pennsylvania develop asbestos-related diseases after being exposed to asbestos through their jobs or home environments. When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma or a similar asbestos-related illness, it can be devastating. Knowing the factors that can increase the risk of developing these diseases may help people to take preventative steps.
Smoking and asbestos exposure
People who smoke and who are exposed to asbestos have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer than smokers or asbestos-exposed workers do individually. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos can reduce their risks of developing lung cancer by quitting smoking. People who think that they might have been exposed to asbestos at any point in time should refrain from smoking.
Other factors surrounding the development of asbestos-related disease
The risk of developing an asbestos-related disease is influenced by the length of exposure to asbestos and the amount of asbestos to which the worker is exposed. Genetics also plays a role, and those who have pre-existing lung diseases are also likelier to develop an asbestos-related disease following exposure to asbestos.
The shape and size of the asbestos fibers also influence an individual’s risk of developing a disease, and the source of the asbestos is important. Additionally, the particular health risks associated with different types of asbestos fibers vary.
Pursuing compensation for asbestos exposure
Asbestos-related diseases are incurable and degenerative. People who have developed an asbestos-related disease might be entitled to recover compensation by filing legal claims. An experienced asbestos injury attorney may help his or her clients trace the source of the exposure so that they can pursue compensation through a lawsuit. This might allow the victims to hold the responsible parties accountable and to recover damages for their economic and non-economic losses.