Secondary Asbestos Exposure Attorney
Secondary asbestos exposure can be a tragic consequence for the spouses and children of workers who may have been in direct contact with asbestos. It is also a threat to individuals residing near industrial sites. Mesothelioma caused by second hand exposure is a growing concern for individuals who are exposed to asbestos either through their loved ones or within their environment. At The Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey, P.C., we provide aggressive advocacy to the victims, families, and survivors of mesothelioma victims. Whether the victim suffered from direct exposure, second hand exposure, or an unknown source, we can investigate and find the responsible parties.
For both direct victims of exposure and second-hand exposure victims, the latency period can be up to 40 years, meaning that a person may not show symptoms of a disease for many years before becoming ill. A child who is a victim of second-hand exposure may become an adult victim of mesothelioma.
Increasing attention is being paid to the victims of second hand asbestos exposure. Many women have contracted mesothelioma through second-hand exposure from their husbands who worked in plants, factories, coalmines, or in construction and who brought home asbestos fibers on their work clothes. While second-hand asbestos cases can be more difficult to prove, it is possible to recover a significant settlement or verdict against negligent companies for injuries caused by second hand exposure.
Examples of secondary asbestos exposure include:
- A steelworker who brings asbestos dust home on his clothing and his wife shakes off the dust before washing the clothes. A spouse in direct contact with asbestos could be a victim.
- A worker who brings home his protective clothing or gloves which are handled by a small child who breaths in asbestos fibers.
- A father comes home and hugs his child when his clothing is covered in asbestos fibers.
- An asbestos industry uses material for fill in construction projects.
Our firm is committed to protecting the rights of mesothelioma and secondary asbestos exposure victims. Many high profile cases decided in states and federal courts have held manufacturers, employers, and other companies liable for second hand exposure. We will begin an immediate investigation to preserve necessary evidence and to prove the source of exposure.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey, P.C., for a free initial consultation with an experienced mesothelioma secondary asbestos exposure lawyer serving clients nationwide.