What Are Mesothelioma Risk Factors?
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Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Occupational exposure is the most common reason behind a mesothelioma diagnosis. Those at highest risk for exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma are workers who interacted with materials containing asbestos in the 1900s. These products might include drywall, insulation, shipbuilding materials, and auto repair and manufacturing materials. Those working in industrial settings and shipyards at most at risk.
New Cases Every Year
About 3,000 new mesothelioma diagnoses occur every year. Depending on the location of cancer, it can cause difficulty breathing, low oxygen levels, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, bowel obstruction, heart palpitations, coughing or chest pain. The average life expectancy upon diagnosis is six to 18 months. If you or a loved one have a mesothelioma diagnosis, call Sam N’ Dan at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP for experienced and compassionate legal representation.
New York And Asbestos Hazards
New York has many deaths related to asbestos exposure. This is likely due to what the most prominent industries in the state during the 1900s were:
- Steel and engine manufacturing
- Paper and ship production
Some of the largest companies operating in New York at the time were the Lackawanna Steel Company, General Motors, Bethlehem and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. These companies employed hundreds of thousands of people who could have suffered exposure during the height of asbestos use. Today, failure to comply with asbestos abatement rules could result in a lawsuit against the property owner for negligence. People with mesothelioma may be able to hold property owners liable for damages.
Other Exposure Risks
Secondhand exposure to asbestos can occur when those who work with the material carry microscopic particles of asbestos with them on their clothes, hair, and bodies. Natural exposure is also a risk for those who lived near asbestos mines or large deposits.
People who lived in certain areas of New York might have a heightened chance of developing asbestos-related conditions. Air monitoring in lower Manhattan, for example, after the collapse of the World Trade Center has found traces of asbestos particles in the air from debris. If you lived or worked in a location where the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has found traces of asbestos, including the area affected in 9/11, you could potentially use the results of an investigation as evidence in a mesothelioma lawsuit.