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Take-Home Asbestos Exposure: The Hidden Killer's Other Weapon

In the decades after the dangers of asbestos exposure were discovered, you may have heard some refer to it as "the hidden killer." The chilling but true reference stems from the fact that for decades, individuals had no idea that the microscopic fibers they lived or worked around could someday wreak havoc on their body and even lead to death.

Today, we know more about the danger of asbestos, and those most commonly at risk, such as mill and construction workers. But there is another way asbestos can creep into your house that many people easily overlook - it's called take-home exposure.

Who Is At Risk For Take-Home Exposure To Asbestos?

Last year in California, the state Supreme Court ruled that employers may be liable for asbestos-related illnesses developed in an employee's household.

Manufacturers and construction workers often used asbestos minerals in the 1950s to 1990s because of its heat-resistance. Now we know that when a person inhales the microscopic fibers over an extended amount of time, it can cause lung disease or cancer. For this reason, miners were among the most common professions to die of mesothelioma after exposure to the harmful fibers on a daily basis, as well as mechanics and other types of jobs where employees worked with the materials.

Now, think about those workers coming home after a long day on the job to their spouses and families. Their work clothing could have contained asbestos fibers. From the wife who did her husband's laundry regularly to a child playing near dad's work equipment, many of the people who are suffering from mesothelioma today did not get exposed in the stereotypical way. When you make the connection, the diagnosis can be shocking.

If you or a family member is suffering from mesothelioma or an illness related to asbestos exposure, there is help available. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim.

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