How Dangerous Is Asbestos Really?

There are countless myths surrounding the current use of asbestos. Many Americans wrongly believe that asbestos has been banned in the US, but unfortunately that's not the case. Some may also believe you have to be directly exposed to asbestos to be at risk of developing mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, while others may not realize asbestos is a known carcinogen at all.

This is exactly why, in recognition of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we're debunking common myths surrounding asbestos use in America.

We posted Myth #1 yesterday. Here's Myth #2:

Myth: Asbestos Is Only Dangerous In Large Amounts. Lawyers Exaggerate Its Risks.

Most people know asbestos is dangerous. But did you know that even the smallest amount of asbestos is extremely dangerous? There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products have worked hard to hide the truth about how dangerous asbestos really is. Along the way, many myths about the risks of asbestos exposure have spread, including the misbelief that asbestos is only dangerous in large amounts. This simply is false. Exposure to any amount of asbestos is dangerous, not just large amounts.

Mesothelioma lawsuits have become well-known due to legal advertising. But what's not always known is that these legal ads are intended to raise awareness and provide access to justice for those who have been harmed by asbestos through no fault of their own. Lawyers do NOT exaggerate the risks of asbestos exposure. The material is a known carcinogen and thousands of Americans each year pass away from asbestos-related diseases.

There is more than 100 years of research proving that asbestos exposure can be life-threatening. These are the facts. Anything that downplays the dangers of asbestos is fiction.

Show Your Support Online

To support the efforts of Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2021, we'll continue to release "fact vs. fiction" videos highlighting the common myths surrounding asbestos use each day. Follow along here on our blog as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and don’t forget to like, share, and comment to show your support for victims of asbestos-related disease. Remember to use the hashtag #2021GAAW and join us as we stand against asbestos.

Sokolove Law Team

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Last modified: April 5, 2021