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Who Is at Risk From Asbestos Exposure?

You may be at an increased risk for developing an asbestos-related illness

Those at risk for developing an asbestos-related medical condition can be grouped according to how their exposure to the material occurred:

  • Occupational exposure, where a worker directly handled products containing asbestos, worked at an asbestos manufacturing plant or worked at a location where materials with asbestos were abundant, such as oil refineries, power plants and shipyards. The Environmental Protection Association (EPA) lists workplace exposure to asbestos as the most common source of asbestos exposure, with certain industries and occupations taking the lead.
  • Secondary exposure, where exposure to asbestos occurred because a close relative or spouse worked at a location where asbestos was present and consequently brought home asbestos fibers and dust on his body and clothes. Spouses and children whose parents or siblings were directly exposed to asbestos may breathe in the fibers or dust while hugging their loved ones who have come home from work, doing their laundry or performing other day-to-day tasks. Secondary exposure is sometimes referred to as para-occupational exposure.
  • Neighborhood exposure, caused by living near a factory, oil refinery, power plant, shipyard, mill, school or other facility where asbestos is used. The asbestos dust permeates the nearby residential area, putting entire communities at increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.
  • Home exposure is caused by use of joint compound, floor tile, roofing material and ceiling tiles in doing repairs to a person’s own home. Likewise, exposure occurs when brakes and clutches are replaced.

Determining when and where you were exposed to asbestos

Job sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are known to contain asbestos and have been positively linked to cases of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other medical conditions. A thorough review of your work history, the work history of family members or others you have lived with, and the geographic areas where you resided may lead the Philadelphia asbestos lawyers of Nass Cancelliere to a positive identification of the source of your exposure.

Speak to a LOCAL asbestos lawyer from our firm today

If you have asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer or another type of cancer and have been exposed to asbestos, reach out to Nass Cancelliere by completing the Contact Us form on this website or by selecting the Live Chat button on any website page.

You can also reach NCB by phone toll free at 855-546-8200, or by calling your local NCB office directly (local phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page) to explore your legal options. We offer free initial consultations to all potential clients.

Nass Cancelliere works with clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well as people throughout the United States who were exposed to asbestos in these states.

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