Is Everyone Exposed to Asbestos Going to Develop an Illness?

by Gregory A. Cade on January 22, 2018

No. However, it is estimated that approximately 20% of people with a history of asbestos exposure will develop a disease. The risk increases with the frequency and duration of exposure.

People who have been regularly exposed to high levels of asbestos are primarily at risk

Between the early 1930s and the late 1970s, millions of laborers who worked in industries such as oil refining, construction, textile manufacturing or vermiculite mining were exposed to tremendous levels of airborne asbestos fibers. As a consequence, many of them were diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma several decades later. While asbestos exposure can occur in numerous settings, the majority of cases are the result of occupational exposure. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 20% of people with a history of asbestos exposure will develop a disease.

Because airborne asbestos fibers are microscopic, anyone who is near the source of exposure can easily inhale or swallow a considerable amount. For this reason, there is no safe level of asbestos and protective equipment should always be used when handling this toxic mineral. Nevertheless, it has recently been suggested that the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease is influenced by a series of factors, including the dose and duration of exposure. Thus, people who have been in contact with high concentrations of asbestos over the course of multiple years are more likely to become ill.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis following occupational asbestos exposure, you are eligible for financial compensation. We highly encourage you to contact us at (205) 328-9200 and our experienced attorneys will do all in their power to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Throughout the past two decades, we have successfully represented over 25,000 asbestos victims.

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