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Philadelphia Asbestos Lawyers: Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Lawyers at the Shein Law


Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Risks

Asbestos exposure is well-documented as the primary cause of Malignant Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavity, as well as other asbestos-related lung diseases and cancers.  For the many trades and occupations that regularly handle asbestos-containing materials, regulations and precautions are now in place to mitigate exposure. Unfortunately, however, asbestos was used in so many products in our everyday life, that its use, and mishandling, whether through ignorance, negligence or indifference, puts everyone at risk for exposure.

Philadelphia asbestos lawyer Ben Shein understands the risks of asbestos exposure and has handled numerous cases involving secondhand exposure. Asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma are commonly associated with certain occupations  and worksites. Construction workers, automobile mechanics, and members of the military are all recognized as being at risk.  However, the list of individuals at risk for asbestos-related illnesses also includes teachers, hospital workers, office workers and homeowners.  In fact, each and every one of us is at risk for exposure as long as asbestos continues to be present in any products and materials  we encounter in our daily lives. This includes construction materials, automotive parts, and everyday items, such as chalkboards, packing materials and blankets.

Our Philadelphia mesothelioma attorneys have litigated asbestos cases that involved all types of asbestos-laden products. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an “asbestos worker”, the mere fact that asbestos exists in your surroundings puts you at risk for developing Mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses. Innocent homeowners and do-it-yourself home remodelers can risk asbestos exposure if asbestos fibers become airborne during or after the project. Using materials such as popcorn ceiling tiles, carpet underlay, vinyl sheet flooring and even duct tape could put the handler or their family members at risk. Similarly, car enthusiasts who repair automobiles in their garages using asbestos-containing brakes and clutches are at risk for Mesothelioma.

Secondhand asbestos exposure is too common and important to ignore. Exposure occurs by simply being in a building where asbestos products are being installed or removed during construction or remodeling.  Likewise, secondhand asbestos exposure can happen to bystanders while cars are being repaired. One of the more common instances of secondhand asbestos exposure witnessed by our Pennsylvania asbestos lawyers is the exposure to family members of “asbestos workers” who come in contact with and launder asbestos-laden clothes and rags.

Although asbestos exposure is not often the primary concern at the time, anyone who has ever experienced a natural disaster or other event of catastrophic destruction, such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11, is at risk for developing Mesothelioma. Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, fires, floods and explosions tear apart structures and can release asbestos fibers as buildings collapse. Survivors of the disasters then have an increased risk of exposure and developing Mesothelioma.  Unfortunately, before the danger of exposure is acknowledged and precautions are taken, first responders such as firefighters and EMTs are exposed to asbestos fibers as well, risking their own lives as they save others.

Shein Law:  Dedicated Philadelphia Asbestos Lawyers Obtaining Just Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims

Philadelphia asbestos attorney Benjamin Shein of the Shein Law is committed to protecting the rights of Mesothelioma patients and holding accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure. Contact us online or call 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) today to discuss the facts of your asbestos-related matter and learn how our experienced Philadelphia asbestos attorneys can assist you in obtaining just compensation.