Are you at risk for an asbestos-related disease?

On Behalf of | Nov 26, 2019 | Workers' compensation

While, nowadays, most Florida employers are well-versed in the dangers associated with exposing their workers to asbestos, you may face exposure risks, regardless, when you make your living working in certain industries. When you undergo exposure to asbestos over time, you may develop any number of related health complications, and some of them may wind up proving fatal in nature.

Per the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, millions of American employees have undergone exposure to potentially harmful levels of asbestos since the early 1940s, all of whom now run the risk of developing certain cancers and other asbestos-related diseases and complications. If you make your living working in mining, manufacturing, firefighting, automotive servicing or a similar industry, your chances of undergoing prolonged exposure to asbestos may be higher than those of the general population. Thus, your risk of developing an asbestos-related disease may prove higher as a result.

Other Americans employees also run the risk of developing health complications caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Construction workers and drywallers are among those who may face heightened risks, as are those who work in the business of asbestos removal. If you do begin to suffer the effects of undergoing prolonged exposure to asbestos, just how might it impact you?

While asbestos is a known carcinogen, meaning that there is an established link between exposure to it and developing cancer, it can also cause a number of lung and other health complications. If you have undergone prolonged exposure to asbestos, you may develop an inflammatory condition called asbestosis, or any number of other lung or pleural disorders.

This information related to the dangers of asbestos exposure is educational in nature and not a replacement for legal advice.