What occupations are at risk for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure.

Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Often, a diagnosis comes 20 to 50 years after the exposure occurred. Some newly diagnosed individuals may not remember when or where they were exposed.

Since so many cases are work-related, a good starting point is to look at potential sources of occupational exposure. There are certain industries and jobs where asbestos exposure commonly occurred. Workers who may be at risk include:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Drywall installers
  • Electricians
  • Firefighters
  • Insulation installers
  • Iron workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Railroad workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Tile workers
  • Welders

Other workers may have been exposed as well – there are other industries and occupations not represented on this list. It is also important to remember that occupational exposure does not account for every case of mesothelioma. In some instances, family members have been exposed to asbestos fibers brought home on clothing.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible for significant compensation. It is advisable to work with an attorney to determine your specific options. An attorney can also help you determine when and where your exposure occurred.

Free consultation: Contact the law firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, to schedule a no-cost consultation at a location convenient for you. We represent clients nationwide. Call 866-725-3585.

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