Most people have seen commercials and ads recently about mesothelioma lawyers. These lawyers specialize in getting people the compensation they deserve after their employer subjected them to asbestos exposure, and subsequently they developed mesothelioma. But how much asbestos can a person actually be exposed to and still be safe?
The lawsuits that we hear about are actually based on exposure that happened 30 or 40 years ago. Individuals that were working in plants and factories that contained asbestos were exposed to this mineral that we now know to cause cancer. Every day they worked around it, often for many years. Over time that exposure took its toll, and they developed lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis as a result. Now, after several decades, they are filing a workers comp claim to be reimbursed for the medical bills caused by their exposure.
Am I Safe if I have Asbestos in my House?
More than likely you are. Asbestos, as long as it is contained, is not harmful. Many houses around the country have asbestos siding, popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, and a lot of insulation in older homes used asbestos. Unless you disturb these materials, the asbestos will just sit there and not harm you. However, there are precautions that you should take when you decide to remodel your home.
If you know that you will be working with asbestos, you should adequately dress for asbestos removal. This means a full protective suit, gloves, and a respirator mask. Make sure you spray down the area with water so when you remove the materials no dust is created. Dispose of them in specially marked asbestos bag (attained from your citys public works department), and pay the landfill to take them (its not expensive, around $100 per ton of material). Taking these precautions will make sure you are exposed to very little asbestos.
How Much Exposure is Too Much?
Those who are filing asbestos lawsuits have been exposed every single day for several decades. From when they arrived at work in the morning, until they went home in the evening they were inhaling asbestos dust. One exposure to the mineral and you are likely to be fine. 10 exposures are probably not going to hurt. Even 100 exposures likely will not cause lasting harm. But that does not mean you shouldnt take care; always use preventative measures even if you will be exposed just once.
What if I have Mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer, and you worked in a factory setting, you might be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Contact a mesothelioma attorney right away and schedule your free consultation.