Not many developments are as devastating as learning that you have contracted a potentially terminal disease. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma – one of the most devastating forms of cancer. If you or someone you love develops mesothelioma as a result of their occupation, you may pursue damages through an asbestos lawsuit.
However, the risk of mesothelioma exposure goes beyond the place of work. When an individual is exposed to mesothelioma, their risk of carrying the asbestos home on their clothing is usually high. This is where the risk of secondary exposure to asbestos comes in.
Secondary asbestos exposure
Basically, workers in certain industries are at a greater risk of exposure to asbestos. When these workers carry asbestos fibers home on their clothing or hair, their loved ones may be exposed to the substance. This is known as secondary exposure to asbestos. Here is how you can be a victim of secondary exposure to asbestos:
- When you come into direct contact with asbestos-contaminated clothing
- When you share a car with an individual with asbestos-contaminated clothing
- While cleaning asbestos-contaminated clothing
The risk becomes greater depending on the concentration of asbestos in the primary carrier’s clothing.
Safeguarding your interests
Individuals who are exposed to asbestos can take anywhere between 10 to 15 years (or longer) to experience the symptoms. This makes asbestos claims extremely challenging. However, if you or a loved one is a victim of secondary exposure to asbestos, you deserve justice. Learning more about Pennsylvania asbestos regulations can help you safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing compensation following your secondary exposure to asbestos.