Who Is Most at Risk of an Asbestos-Related Illness?

Louisiana residents know how dangerous it is to come into contact with asbestos. The reality is that most people, at some point, encounter asbestos even if they do not become ill. Those who do become ill may not experience symptoms until 10 to 40 years after exposure.

Direct contact with asbestos on a frequent basis increases the chance for illness. Those who work with the material or in an environment with a substantial amount of the material in the air are most at risk.

Millions of Americans have been exposed to asbestos since the early 1940s. Chemical plants, oil refineries, and shipyards, are examples of trades where workers have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos.

Other industries associated with asbestos exposure include shipbuilding, construction, and brake repair. Firefighters, demolition workers, and drywall removers are also at a high risk for asbestos dust exposure. The risks from asbestos exposure extend to workers' family members as well.

There are different varieties of asbestos, resulting in different types of illnesses from exposure. Lung cancer and lung tissue scarring are examples of potential illnesses that occur from repeated asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is also currently the primary risk factor for the development of mesothelioma, a form of cancer affecting the tissue lining the lungs or abdomen.

All forms of asbestos increase the potential for lung disease. Asbestos exposure is also linked to cancer of the voice box, throat, kidney, and gallbladder.

Fortunately, government regulations and an increased emphasis on safe work conditions are reducing the risk modern workers face. If asbestos is suspected in a building, experts are available to assist with removal and future maintenance.

If you or a loved one has potentially been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms related to exposure, the attorneys of Pourciau Law Firm can assist with obtaining appropriate compensation.