Mesothelioma and improper asbestos disposal

Sep 23, 2022 | Mesothelioma

The disposal of asbestos is something that must be handled in a very precise manner. Failing to do this can lead to people around the asbestos being exposed to the substance. Exposure to asbestos is problematic because the symptoms of mesothelioma – one of the diseases it can cause — don’t show up right away when you’re exposed. Instead, it can take decades for mesothelioma symptoms to manifest.

Anyone in the United States who’s removing asbestos from a property must ensure that they bring in a someone trained and licensed to do it. The only way that you can ensure proper disposal is by hiring an abatement professional. Homeowners can expect to pay thousands of dollars for abatement, but it may be covered by your insurance.

Why is improper disposal a problem?

Asbestos fibers can easily become airborne. Even if the asbestos is outdoors, there’s a risk of the fibers being kicked up enough for someone to inhale it. Improper disposal of asbestos can lead to unexpecting people being exposed to it.

Homeowners may try to save money by trying to handle asbestos removal themselves, but this is dangerous. Professionals go through extensive training and certification to be able to handle this deadly material. They’re still at risk of being exposed even if they follow proper safety protocol.

Part of the training they receive involves the transportation and disposal of asbestos. They must be careful not to allow it to become airborne. Burning it isn’t allowed, so it’s usually placed in an approved landfill.

Those who have been exposed to asbestos, regardless of whether it’s primary or secondary exposure, is at risk of mesothelioma. Anyone who’s diagnosed with this condition is facing a rough battle. Seeking compensation can take the financial worry away so you can make decisions that are in your best interests.

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