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Asbestos Exposure Risks

California Asbestos Exposure Attorneys

The risk of developing an asbestos illness becomes greater with exposure to higher volumes of asbestos and with frequent, repeated exposure. So, a single exposure to a high concentration of the deadly substance can put you at very high risk, as does daily exposure to smaller amounts over a long period of time. In many cases, the asbestos may not even be noticeable at the time of exposure. If you have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos illness, please talk to the California asbestos exposure attorneys of Brayton Purcell, LLP, we represent asbestos victims across the country.

High Risk Industries and Environments

Asbestos exposure can occur at home, at school, on the job, and anywhere you spend time that asbestos is present. If you work in an old building that is contaminated with disturbed asbestos, such as many schools and public arenas still are, you are at high risk for developing an asbestos-related illness.

Those at greatest risk actually work with asbestos, and are not always aware of it. Industries and work environments where asbestos exposure was or is very likely to occur include:

  • Power plants
  • Shipyards
  • Steel mills
  • Refineries
  • Railroads
  • Automotive manufacturing and repair
  • Appliance manufacturing and repair
  • Boiler manufacturing and repair
  • Demolition
  • Construction and remodeling
  • Disaster response
  • Pipefitting

If you have lived with someone who was exposed at work, you may have also been exposed, especially if you were in regular close physical contact with that person while they were still wearing their work clothes, or if you did their laundry.
Asbestos Illnesses

Asbestos exposure is known to cause respiratory illnesses and other types of cancer. Asbestos most often affects the lungs and lung area, because the fibers are inhaled. Non-cancerous lung diseases caused by asbestos include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Asbestos pleural disease

Asbestos is also known to cause cancer. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is caused, almost exclusively by asbestos. Asbestos exposure has been linked to other types of cancer including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

If you or someone you love has developed an asbestos-related illness, please call the California asbestos exposure attorneys of Brayton Purcell, LLP, at (800) 598-0314 or contact us online today. We will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if you recover an money through an award or settlement. A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call today to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.