What Happens With Second Hand Asbestos Exposure
Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer are all very tragic conditions, and are ones that can severely impair a person’s quality of life, lead to pain and suffering, result in death, and leave surviving family members to struggle emotionally and financially.
Risk Factors for Developing Mesothelioma
Several factors will affect the likelihood of exposure to asbestos resulting in an increased risk for mesothelioma:
- Dose – the amount of asbestos that an individual was exposed to as well as the kind.
- Duration – length of time that someone was exposed to asbestos can affect final outcomes.
- Asbestos Type- the size, shape, and makeup of the asbestos fibers may affect heath results.
- Source- the source of asbestos is believed to affect how it reacts within the body.
- Individuals- factors such as smoking, other health conditions, and pre-existing lung problems.
- Genetic factors- there is some thought that genetics can affect severity of asbestos exposure.
No Liability for Second Hand Asbestos Exposure
“Employers can’t be held liable to somebody who contracted cancer from asbestos brought home on a parent’s work clothes, according to a decision handed down on Friday by the Arizona Supreme Court. [They don’t] have a legal obligation … for secondary or take home asbestos exposure – when an employee carries asbestos fibers on their work clothes offsite – something required for a negligence claim” (Claims Journal). It is important to note that every case is different and current trends like these should not deter you or cause you to lose hope. Even in states that have passed down rulings like this in recent years can still have second hand asbestos cases won. This is why you need to speak to your legal team about the options that are available and what all can be done to help you win your case!
Lawsuits are time sensitive. This means that there is a limit as to when you can file a successful lawsuit. Normally the lawsuit is filed in the state in which you were exposed to asbestos. You’ll need to find an asbestos attorney who has a license to file a lawsuit in that state. The regulations in each state vary. You also have the option of filing an individual claim on you own or looking for a class action lawsuit to join. Your attorney can hep you review your case and determine the type of lawsuit that is right for you and your particular case. This is why having a skilled and experienced asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer on your side is critical to your lawsuit’s success.
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Our law firm has decade of experience fighting for our clients in a range of personal injury lawsuits related to exposure to asbestos. Many have been connected in some way to asbestos exposure or the development of mesothelioma or other health condition due to their exposure. So, call us today and let us review your case and help you fight for the compensation you deserve!