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3 Factors That Impact Mesothelioma’s Latency Period

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on July 1, 2023

Mesothelioma is primarily linked to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral used extensively in several industries for its fire-resistant and insulating properties. Unlike other cancers, mesothelioma has an exceptionally long latency period, meaning years and even decades may pass between your asbestos exposure and diagnosis. While several factors impact mesothelioma’s latency period, a few of the most common include the duration of exposure, the type of asbestos fibers, and your occupation. 

If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, do not hesitate to contact the trusted attorneys at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. We have over 30 years of experience helping our clients recover compensation for the losses their asbestos exposure has caused, and we are ready to become your tireless legal advocate. We understand that a mesothelioma claim is the most serious case you could possibly have, and we will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf. When you partner with us, you can trust us to do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. 

Top Three Factors That Influence Mesothelioma’s Latency Period

Studies show that mesothelioma’s median latency period is more than 32 years after the initial exposure. A few factors that influence this especially long waiting period include the following: 

Length and Intensity of Asbestos Exposure

The duration and severity of your asbestos exposure has the most impact on your latency period. Those who work directly with asbestos for months or decades at a time typically have shorter latency periods than those who had occasional or secondhand exposure. On the other hand, a short burst of intense exposure can also lead to shorter-than-average latency periods. 

Fiber Type

There are six types of asbestos, and each has its own impact on a victim’s latency period. For example, crocidolite and amosite asbestos are among the most dangerous variants, and those exposed typically experience a shorter latency period than individuals exposed to other types.


Because asbestos is common in construction materials and other widely used products, some occupations have a greater risk of lengthy and intense asbestos exposure. Individuals in the following careers may experience a shorter latency period if they were exposed to asbestos while on the job:

  • Construction workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Insulation installers
  • Textile mill workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Miners

This is not a complete list, and several more careers may shorten mesothelioma’s lengthy latency period. 

How Can an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer Help Me?

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, pursuing justice alone may seem impossible. However, an experienced mesothelioma attorney can take this stress off your shoulders as you focus on your health and family. The attorneys at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. fight to protect the rights of mesothelioma victims like you as our cause, not just another case. 

Mesothelioma’s long latency periods can make seeking compensation and proving the link between your exposure and your diagnosis legally complex. Our attorneys can use our three decades of experience to thoroughly investigate your case and collect evidence to support your claim. We have never lost a case, and we will fight fiercely for the compensation you deserve. 

Speak to a Trusted Mesothelioma Attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our team is passionate about helping those diagnosed with mesothelioma pursue damages for the full extent of their physical, emotional, and financial losses. We personalize our approach to every case and will get to know you and your unique needs to effectively fight for you and the compensation you deserve. Our attorney, Joe Williams, provides a compassionate approach to law and will meet with you in your home to discuss and work on your case. 

To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how our dependable team can help you, call us at (866) 395-8141 or complete our contact form today.

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