Last week was Asbestos Awareness Week and the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy made a statement regarding asbestos exposure and the associated dangers. The information included discusses what asbestos is and how widely popular it was in the construction of homes, buildings, and ships.
Asbestos was widely used in insulation because of its fire resistant characteristics and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to very serious conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The statement brings up the concerns for individuals who still work in construction or live in older buildings in which asbestos was used. Any time the asbestos is disturbed, the fibers can become free and they can be inhaled by the people in the area.
There are a number of occupations that put individuals at risk of exposure to asbestos. For workers and first responders, proper equipment is a must and making sure they are protected from exposure is critical to their long term health.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we agree with the statement made regarding asbestos exposure. We know how dangerous this mineral fiber is and we know what mesothelioma can do to someone who contracts it from exposure to asbestos. We take this issue very serious and work to make sure mesothelioma patients understand their rights.
If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, let our team work to help you. We’ll take the time to listen to the details of your situation, determine if asbestos was truly the cause of the condition, and help you understand what to do next. Your best interests are our top priority and we will do all we can to help you move forward during this difficult time. Call today. We’re here for you from start to finish.