Non-occupational exposure to asbestos can occur as a result of asbestos found in nature, in a household environment, school environment, and more. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is very harmful at high exposure.
Where Asbestos Can Be Found
Asbestos is found in a number of consumer products including heat resistant fabrics, roofing materials, paints, plastics, ceiling and floor tiles, and more. If asbestos fibers break apart, they can be ingested or inhaled, causing serious injury or illness.
Risk for Family of Workers Exposed to Asbestos
Family members of workers who are regularly exposed to high levels of asbestos are at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses or disease as a result of non-occupational exposure to asbestos. Non-occupational exposure to asbestos commonly occurs when tradesmen who work in asbestos-related industries track the hazardous fibers into the home on their shoes, clothing, skin, and hair.
Asbestos fibers, when broken, float in the air and cling onto any surface. Once these fibers are brought into a home, they are released thus exposing innocent members of a worker's family to the serious risks associated with asbestos.
Dangers of Non Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Non occupational exposure to asbestos has been proven to be the cause of various diseases and illnesses including, but not limited to:
- Asbestos lung cancer - lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos
- Asbestosis - a build-up of scar tissue in the lungs that may be fatal
- Mesothelioma - a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the abdomen and chest
- Respiratory problems
- Other cancers including gastrointestinal , laryngeal , kidney, gallbladder, and more
Legal Help for Victims of Non Occupational Exposure
If you or a loved one has developed a serious injury or illness as a result of non-occupational exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible to file an asbestos lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including medical bills, lost income capacity, pain and suffering, and more . It is wise to consult with a qualified and experienced asbestos attorney who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal options.