Direct or secondhand exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma

by | Jan 17, 2020 | mesothelioma

Receiving a negative medical diagnosis is some Louisiana residents’ worst nightmare. For some, the incurable disease of mesothelioma may be what doctors tell them they have, and their lives can change dramatically. After such a diagnosis, many may wonder how they even came to develop this type of condition.

The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, this type of exposure could happen in various ways. For some, the condition may develop after working in a profession that used asbestos in the past for certain projects or working in an environment where asbestos was present, such as in old buildings. For years their health may seem fine, but that long-term exposure will likely come back to haunt them.

Sadly, those who worked or work in environments where asbestos is present could even bring the fibers home on their clothes, in their hair or through other means. This could result in loved ones facing secondhand exposure to asbestos. For example, if a loved one does laundry for someone who works near asbestos, that loved one could inhale the fibers when moving the clothes around. Though secondhand exposure may not seem as severe, it could still result in the development of mesothelioma later in life.

Mesothelioma is a serious condition that can greatly affect any Louisiana resident’s life while he or she is still living and may ultimately cause a person’s passing. However, those who develop this disease due to asbestos exposure may have reason to take legal action against parties who may be financially responsible for that exposure. Successful claims could allow them to obtain monetary relief to help with medical bills and other resulting damages.