Asbestos Exposure and Lung Cancer

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For decades, hard-working men and women labored to build their lives and support their families under dusty, dirty conditions. They never could have imagined that this asbestos exposure may have been putting them at risk of lung cancer and other asbestos cancers. And what’s worse, many companies who manufactured and sold asbestos products knew of the dangers, but chose their own profits over the safety of workers and consumers.

Anyone who experienced asbestos exposure is at risk of developing lung cancer. Certain professions have a higher risk than others due to the amount of asbestos workers were exposed to.

Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

  • Military: Veterans, especially those who served in the Navy, have the highest risk of developing asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos was used extensively in shipbuilding from World War II until the 1970s
  • Construction: Construction workers were exposed to the asbestos was used in thousands of construction materials, including cements, roofing, plaster, wallboard, spackle and many others.
  • Aerospace: Aircraft mechanics were exposed through asbestos contained in brakes, brake linings, seating gaskets, and insulation.
  • Automotive: Asbestos was used in auto parts subject to friction such as brakes, clutches and gaskets.
  • Shipping and Shipbuilding: Asbestos insulation for certain areas of ships including boilers, incinerators, hot water pipes and steam pipes.
  • Railroad: Asbestos was used to insulate locomotives, and was also used in brake and clutch linings.
  • Metal Working: Protective clothing and work areas often contained asbestos for its heat and fire resistant properties.
  • Manufacturing: Workers in the plants where asbestos products were created are at risk for mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other health problems. This includes cement plants, steel mills, textile mills, and many others.
  • Homemakers: Wives of asbestos workers were exposed to asbestos from washing the dusty clothing of their husbands. Tragically, there have been numerous cases of asbestos exposure in children hugging their fathers upon returning from work.

Asbestos Exposure Sites

Asbestos exposure sites that put individuals at risk for lung cancer include:

  • Shipyards
  • Naval vessels
  • Factories
  • Utility companies
  • Power companies
  • Construction sites
  • Garages / auto repair
  • Home renovation sites
  • Boiler rooms
  • Laboratories

Due to the widespread use of asbestos, there are many other potential exposure sites that are not widely known. Your asbestos attorney can help determine where your asbestos exposure may have taken place.

Asbestos in the Military

Military veterans are one of the largest groups affected by asbestos exposure. This is because asbestos was used extensively in naval shipbuilding and numerous military applications.

Sometimes, veterans are concerned that if they file an asbestos lawsuit, it will be the military that their action is directed against. This is not the case.

Generally, asbestos lawsuits are filed against the civilian company responsible for manufacturing the asbestos product. If you have any questions on this or any other matter related to your asbestos exposure, our paralegals are here to answer your questions.