Austin, TX (Vocus) May 29, 2010
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to alert the families and loved ones of current or former asbestos workers that they may be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos fibers carried home on the clothes of asbestos workers may be inhaled by their loved once, even if the loved ones were never directly exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos exposure may significantly increasing the risk of illness.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in building construction and machine parts for its insulation and heat-protection properties. Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to a number of diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer.
Workers who come into direct contact with asbestos in the workplace—such as construction workers, oil refinery workers, shipyard workers and sailors in the U.S. Navy or Merchant Marines—are at a significantly higher risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases from exposure on the job.
In many cases, asbestos fibers may be inadvertently carried home on workers’ clothing. When family members or loved ones come into contact with these workers, or when the clothes are hand-washed by their family-members, these asbestos fibers may be inhaled, putting family members at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases.
Several studies have examined the increased risk of mesothelioma for family members whose loved ones work around asbestos. According to research conducted by the New York State Department of Health, women who were diagnosed with mesothelioma are ten times as likely to have had a husband or father who worked in the asbestos industry. Another study conducted in Italy found that the family members of asbestos workers were significantly more likely to die from mesothelioma.
Scientists have known about the link between take home asbestos exposure and mesothelioma since the 1960s. However, because it may take up to 50 years after exposure to asbestos before an individual develops symptoms of mesothelioma, many family members of asbestos workers are only now beginning to show signs of the disease.
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