A common question asked is: where could I have been exposed to asbestos? There are some places that have a higher chance of asbestos materials and products as compared to others. Such asbestos materials and products expose people to dangerous fibers that could lead to cancer and other breathing complications. However, this depends on how much asbestos is found in that area. It is possible that the danger could range from none to extremely high.
Asbestos fibers can be found in thousands of different products all around the world. The fiber and mineral itself can be used for many different reasons. The product that a company uses often are the primary risk of exposure. The hazard of coming into contact with asbestos is the number one cause of injury and possible cancer leading to mesothelioma. Because of the different types of products and materials with asbestos, exposure can happen anywhere. Because the materials are commonly used by manual labor and skilled trades they usually cause harm to workers. This harm is increased when the workers do not have safety equipment and/or where proper safety standards are not followed. Common places where workers can be exposed to asbestos includes construction, working in shipyards and even factories.
Exposed to Asbestos at Work
Individuals are usually exposed while at work. The fibers found in the materials and products the company uses can expose a person to asbestos almost daily. Generally, a person comes into contact with asbestos fibers by inhaling the fibers when they are in the air. The fibers could be found in dust or air and then rush into the lungs and other areas of the body. The body may get rid of some of the fibers but it does not usually remove all. This leads to some fibers becoming stuck in the tissues of the body. Repeated and long-term exposure to asbestos fibers eventually is lethal.
Contact a lawyer about the asbestos exposure you had to see if you can file a lawsuit.