Before being federally banned in most products in the 1970s, asbestos was used as insulation in a number of applications, and is in fact still sometimes found in old buildings. However, researchers have determined that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe for humans, which is what led to the ban. If you were exposed to asbestos before the toxic material was banned, you could still be at risk for developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, and related conditions.
Luckily, the odds of developing a serious illness from one asbestos exposure are low. The risks of developing cancer from asbestos exposure depend on the number, frequency, and length of exposures, as well as how much asbestos was aspirated during each exposure.
Extreme events, such as the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, exposed thousands of people to a dangerous level of asbestos, making their risk for disease higher. If you or a loved one have developed mesothelioma or asbestosis, call the asbestos injury lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys for a free legal consultation. We’ll help you determine if you have a personal injury, wrongful death, or mass tort claim and how to get the compensation you deserve.
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