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Determining Exactly Where Your Asbestos Exposure Came From

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on February 26, 2024

Identifying the source of your asbestos exposure is a critical first step in seeking justice and compensation for asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. This process can be complex and challenging, given the once widespread use of asbestos in various industries and products. Victims may have been exposed to asbestos at work, in their homes, or even through secondary exposure from family members. Fortunately, a skilled mesothelioma attorney can investigate the details of your case, helping you determine the source of your asbestos exposure and the best path forward to pursue compensation. 

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases hold negligent parties fully accountable for their pain, suffering, and other losses. Our esteemed founding attorney, Joe Williams, has over 30 years of experience protecting his clients’ rights and achieving the best possible outcomes for their claims. He has never lost a case and is ready to apply his knowledge and skills to fight aggressively for the justice you deserve. 

Asbestos Products in the Home

If your home was built prior to 1989, your home may contain asbestos fibers. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials before the health risks were widely known due to its durability and fire-resistant properties. Some materials in your home that may contain asbestos include the following:

  • Siding
  • Undersheeting
  • Roofing felt
  • Shingles
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Textured paint
  • Vermiculite insulation

If you have done any renovations on your home, you may be more likely to have been exposed to asbestos. Common household projects such as removing a popcorn ceiling, replacing vinyl flooring, and drilling new holes into the drywall can disturb asbestos fibers, causing them to float in the air where they can be easily inhaled. 

Occupations With Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Many individuals who later developed mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos through their workplace. A few common occupations with a high risk of asbestos exposure include the following:

  • Mechanics
  • Bricklayers
  • Building inspectors
  • Carpenters
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywall installers
  • Firefighters
  • Furnace workers
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Insulators
  • Miners
  • Painters 
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Roofers
  • Refinery workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • U.S. Navy veterans
  • Welders

Even if you have not worked in one of the occupations above for many years, it may still be the source of your asbestos exposure and later mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, meaning symptoms may not develop until decades after your initial exposure. 

Additionally, you may have been exposed to asbestos if you did not work in any of the occupations listed above. If someone in your family worked in a high-risk occupation, they may have carried asbestos fibers home with them on their clothing, resulting in secondhand exposure. Secondhand exposure can be just as life-threatening as first-hand exposure, making it critical to seek a medical evaluation if anyone in your family was exposed to asbestos while on the job. 

Contact a First-Class Mesothelioma Attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

If you’re grappling with the consequences of asbestos exposure and are seeking compensation, you deserve to have a seasoned legal advocate on your side. The Williams Law Firm, P.C. offers relentless representation and personalized care throughout the legal process. Our founding attorney, Joe Williams, specializes in asbestos litigation and is determined to fight for your rights and interests. We understand the intricacies of these cases and are prepared to meet you in your home to begin work on your case. 

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