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Has your family faced secondary asbestos exposure?

Mar 12, 2021 | Asbestos

For years you went to work each day to earn enough to provide for your family. Yet, if you were exposed to asbestos at work, you may have also caused your family irreparable harm.

You might have brought asbestos home

Nowadays, employers are obliged to ensure protective clothing for anyone working with asbestos. They must provide changing facilities for you to remove asbestos-contaminated clothing and wash before you change back into your own clothing and return to your family. Your employer must also take charge of washing your protective clothing without harming anyone else in the process.

Things were not so strict in the old days. You probably were not issued with adequate protective clothing, let alone a respirator. It is unlikely that your employer provided facilities to change and wash before returning home to your family. More likely, you went home in the clothes you worked in and hugged your wife and children while wearing that clothing.

When you finally did remove it, you may have dropped it into the laundry basket along with the rest of your family’s clothes for your wife to wash. All the while, the fibers of asbestos on your clothing or skin could have passed to your family.

Secondary asbestos exposure kills

Secondary asbestos exposure can kill your loved ones through diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you develop an asbestos-related disease, it is crucial to get your family checked out by a doctor. Medics may spot the early signs and be able to extend their life. If the doctor finds nothing, your family still needs regular checks as the symptoms can take up to 40 years to present. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but securing maximum compensation may at least help you all enjoy what remains of your time together.