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Asbestos exposure: a call for compensation

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2017 | Workers' Compensation

Asbestos exposure is no new occurrence in America: since the 1940s, millions of workers have been exposed to high levels of the minerals through their place of occupation. Among those affected are miners and manufacturers, who are put at high risks when surrounded by these dangerous minerals every day. Many develop mesothelioma as a result of this exposure, and as this tumor of the tissue progresses, everyday living can suddenly become a major challenge. Workers in Kentucky who have been affected by this illness as a result of their careers may choose to take legal action. In addition, there are a number of other steps to take when addressing the complications of this exposure.

Markets Insider recently released a news piece on the topic of mesothelioma and assistance for victims, stating that the Mesothelioma Victims Center is an ideal path for those affected by exposure. According to the article, the center has encouraged victims to seek compensation for their illnesses. Health experts claim that second-hand exposure to asbestos products and the financial compensation can be almost as much as an individual who was directly exposed to asbestos at work. A great number of those affected were exposed after their family member did not change clothes before coming home from their asbestos-affected work site. Consequently, there are millions in the country living with an illness of which they do not know the source.

Although oil refinery workers, shipyard workers and welders are among those with the highest risk of asbestos exposure, there are many other fields that involve the products, as well. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an online resource for asbestos-related illnesses, adding that the following workers are also at risk:

  • Drywall removers
  • Firefighters
  • Asbestos removal workers
  • Insulation workers in the construction and building trades 

The NIH notes that those who were involved in the rescue, recovery and clean-up at the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks could also be at risk. There are many other factors involved in determining the level of asbestos exposure, but the NIH informs readers that any exposure could result in mesothelioma.