Can You Get Mesothelioma Without Direct Exposure to Asbestos?

Aaron Heckman: Secondary exposure cases are challenging cases but they're frankly ones that we handle all the time and we excel at. A client is often puzzled when they receive this diagnosis or mesothelioma, which is, in essence, a death sentence, and the doctor asked them where they worked and they said, "I was a housewife my whole life" or "I was a school teacher" or worked in a place that there doesn't seem to be asbestos just lurking around.

When you take the next step and you keep uncovering the stones, we find oftentimes there is a take home mule, and what I mean by that is that oftentimes the husband would work outside the home or parents would work outside the home. Those are incredibly complex, sad cases. We've worked on a case where someone's father worked at a power plant and would come home in his jumpsuit and the kids would come up and hug his dusty clothes every day. Those are extremely sad cases, and those are cases that are very important to us and are cases that we spend a lot of time on.