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Living in the era of the third wave of asbestos exposure

Think asbestos exposure is a thing of the past? Think again. It may seem like common sense — this material is extremely dangerous, we know this material is linked to various forms of extremely deadly cancers — so why is asbestos exposure still an issue?

Unfortunately the answer is not a simple one. Asbestos is a product used in a wide variety of materials. Flooring, braking systems and fiber optic cables are just a few examples. Workers can suffer exposure to this dangerous material when manufacturing, installing or removing products containing asbestos. 

Employers are generally required to take safety precautions when workers are exposed to a material known to contain asbestos. A recent report in NPR discusses exposure, noting businesses may be tempted to “cut corners on protections to save money.” This can result in avoidable exposure to workers.

How much exposure to asbestos can result in illness? Unfortunately, even a small amount of exposure can result in illness. One example of a deadly asbestos related illness is mesothelioma. The disease is not uncommon. 2,700 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the United States.

What can I do if I or a loved one am diagnosed with an asbestos related disease? Those who are diagnosed with an asbestos related illness and believe they were exposed to the material while working have legal rights. Employers can be held accountable. Contact an experienced lawyer to discuss these rights and better ensure you receive your rightful compensation to help cover the costs connected to exposure.  

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