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Mesothelioma Law Firm Warns Younger Workers More At Risk of Asbestos Cancer

March 17, 2012

Published by the Seattle Post, Mesothelioma Law Firm Warns Younger Workers More At Risk of Asbestos Cancer

According to a recent report published in the European Respiratory Journal, Temporal Patterns of Occupational Asbestos Exposure and Risk of Pleural Mesothelioma, men under the age of 20 who are occupationally exposed to asbestos are more likely to later develop mesothelioma than are those exposed at later ages.

These results highlight the fact that young workers and those new to the workplace, especially where asbestos exposure is known to be a risk, need extra protection. Young and inexperienced workers often lack the experience, knowledge and full understanding of how being exposed to asbestos products can lead to fatal illnesses such as mesothelioma.

Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma (malignancy that develops in the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen that is often called asbestos cancer,) asbestosis (scarring of the lungs,) and other asbestos related cancers. Because the threat of asbestos is not obvious – fibers are microscopic and exposure doesn’t lead to immediate effects - young workers may lack the cognition to protect themselves from this occupational hazard.

Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason (CPSM), asbestos attorneys, have represented clients who died of mesothelioma as young as 35 years old – way too young! They urge employers and workers themselves to take precautions by:

  •     Identifying areas and products in the workplace that create risk of exposure to asbestos
  •     Attending trainings to learn what the hazards of asbestos are and how to avoid them
  •     Having a thorough understanding of the long term consequences of occupational exposure to asbestos
  •     Attending safety meetings and orientations that discuss the importance of and ways to avoid exposure
  •     Following workplace protocols, including using personal protective equipment and clothing.

CPSM Urges: Don’t Downplay the Danger of Asbestos

Employers and more experienced, knowledgeable workers probably know about that asbestos presents a risk and that people of all ages, not just older workers, need to worry about protecting themselves to avoid later developing asbestos related diseases. The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration has regulations for employers as well as guidelines for workers to follow specific to asbestos substances.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, contact one of our asbestos attorneys today at 1-800-440-4262 for a free case evaluation. We have been standing up for and fighting for the rights of asbestos victims for over 30 years.    It’s what we do, and we’re good at it. Contact us today.

About Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason

CPSM is a mesothelioma law firm dedicated exclusively to fighting for the rights of asbestos victims. CPSM has filed, fought and won multi-million dollar mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of their clients, providing financial security for them and their families. After 30 years of experience, CPSM is considered top in the nation and experts in the field of asbestos law. In addition, they can provide recommendations for the best mesothelioma doctors and mesothelioma treatments for your individual case. Call today 1-800-440-4262.