Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Though the disease typically affects those who have been directly exposed to asbestos, there is also a risk of secondary exposure. The Robins Cloud LLP team is here to teach readers about secondary exposure and what you can do to protect yourself.
Secondary exposure occurs when someone who does not have mesothelioma comes in contact with asbestos fibers that have been released into the air. This can happen in a number of ways, including but not limited to: living with or caring for someone who has mesothelioma, being around people who work with asbestos, or simply being in the same room as someone who is smoking cigarettes after they've been using an asbestos-containing product
There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of secondary mesothelioma exposure. First, avoid contact with any material that may contain asbestos fibers. If you must work with such materials, be sure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as a respirator or N-95 dust mask. Second, if you live in an area where there is known asbestos contamination, be sure to monitor your local water supply for contaminants. You can also monitor your home's indoor air quality and take steps to improve it if necessary.
If you have any concerns about your exposure to asbestos or other hazardous materials, be sure to consult with a health care professional.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do next. The good news is that there are legal options available to you. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and pursue compensation for your injuries.