Workers Were Exposed To Unnecessary Mesothelioma Hazards
Asbestos is a natural, fibrous material that resists chemicals, electricity, fire and water. It has been used to make things since the Stone Age. And, almost since its discovery, it has been believed it caused health problems for workers exposed to it.
The Greeks and Romans noted that people who mined asbestos contracted diseases in their lungs. Ever since then, doctors have connected it to health problems. Through the 1970s, asbestos use for construction, commercial and household products increased and so did related problems, including mesothelioma and cancer. If you worked with asbestos and developed mesothelioma, call the personal injury attorneys at DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP.
Even with its likely connection to cancer risks for workers, asbestos was not regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration until the 1970s. OSHA continued to reduce acceptable levels through the 1990s. That was too late for workers already exposed.
Most Mesothelioma Cases Are Workplace-Related
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 70 percent of all mesothelioma cases are work-related. An estimated 27 million workers were exposed to asbestos from the 40s through the 70s.
Workers breathe in or swallow asbestos fibers, and they sit dormant in the lining of the abdomen, heart or lungs for about 20 to 50 years. Mesothelioma and cancer often do not show up until decades after the exposure.
Exposure Levels Can Determine Latency Period
There have been studies indicating that the level of exposure is a determining factor in the length of time before cancer develops. People exposed to high asbestos levels have developed mesothelioma sooner.
There are three ways exposure affects people. They are:
- Occupational (first-hand): direct asbestos exposure on the job
- Not direct exposure; they breathe or swallow it after encountering someone who had direct exposure
- Asbestos can be released in the air (especially around mines)
Some Jobs That Carry Higher Risks Of Mesothelioma
- Boiler workers
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Industrial workers
- Military personnel
- Power plant workers
- Shipyard workers
- Steele mill workers
- Textile workers
We Will Support Your Workers’ Rights
You have the right to expect working conditions that do not cause you harm. DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP has a history of obtaining the best possible outcomes for clients suffering mesothelioma in California. Email our Los Angeles office or call us at 310-243-6607.