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Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

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The risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases often extends beyond the workplace. When individual workers who have been exposed to asbestos return home, they may place their families at risk of exposure as well. Asbestos fibers can be carried home on clothing, skin, hair, and tools, making families of workers vulnerable to secondhand (or “secondary”) asbestos exposure.

If you or one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos illness, please call us today at (800) 499-1797 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Houston mesothelioma attorneys.

How Does Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Happen?

Asbestos fibers are microscopic. Even a worker who is vigilant about removing and washing their clothing after working with asbestos can still carry the dangerous fibers on their skin or hair. When a spouse or child greets their loved one after he returns home from work, they are at risk of inhaling the hazardous substance. In 1966, over 50% of mesothelioma cases in women were the result of household secondary exposure.

However, secondhand asbestos exposure can also happen simply by living near an asbestos mine, or a facility that manufactures asbestos-containing products. For example, the town of Libby, Montana was devastated by asbestos exposure because it was home to a vermiculite mine. Vermiculite, which contains asbestos, was used for an insulation product produced by W.R. Grace. The mine has been closed since 1991, but hundreds of people in the small town have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, and over 200 have already perished.

Not all cases are as dramatic as Libby’s. Anyone who has lived near a refinery, power plant, rail yard, ship yard, or steel mill may have been exposed to asbestos without realizing it.

Failure to Prevent Secondary Asbestos Exposure

If more precautions were taken back when asbestos use was at its highest, many cases of mesothelioma could have been prevented. Employers usually knew about the dangers of asbestos fibers, but they rarely did anything to protect employees or their loved ones. Prevention could have been as simple as providing employees with showers and requiring a clothing change before sending them home.

Similarly, companies that manufactured asbestos, mined asbestos, or produced asbestos-containing products did very little – if anything – to protect air and water supplies from contamination.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another type of illness caused by asbestos, you have legal rights to compensation – even if you were exposed secondhand. Please contact Heard Robins Cloud & Black, LLP today or call (800) 499-1797 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Texas mesothelioma attorneys.

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