In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, asbestos quickly became one of the most common elements used in the construction of new buildings because it provided a much cheaper, easier to use form of insulation than other available materials. Throughout much of the 20th century, it continued to be used widely in the construction of new buildings, ships, railroad cars, and other things.
Unfortunately, as its use became more widespread, scientific and medical understanding of asbestos’ effects on humans began to recognize the potential for serious health issues that could result from exposure to asbestos, including mesothelioma, an aggressive and almost always deadly form of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos fibers. Though it was effectively banned for use in construction in the late 20th century, many buildings in the U.S. constructed before this time continue to hold dangerous amounts of this substance, putting residents or visitors at risk.
Though any building constructed before the 1970s has the potential to present an asbestos exposure risk, there are a few occupations in particular that are known for exposing their workers to the dangers of asbestos. These include:
Workers in these fields may find themselves at greater risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other asbestos-related conditions.
Asbestos exposure can cause severe health consequences, and it may be necessary for victims to pursue a personal injury claim in order to secure the financial compensation they need to pay for necessary medical treatment. Contact the lawyers from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling our offices at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about how we can help if you or a loved one is dealing with this difficult situation.