Tasks Put Welders at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
Individuals employed in the welding industry are a high risk demographic for dangerous asbestos exposure and the resulting health complications. The dangers were completely unknown back in the 1970’s, so protective items actually contained the dangerous substance. Symptoms can take decades to develop, making it fairly common for career welders to see a new diagnosis in present day.
The Risk of Exposure
Asbestos was a major part of the welding industry, found in protective gear, fibers released in the air, and the welding rods themselves. It is a fact that Hobart Brothers Company and Lincoln Electric Company both used asbestos in the manufacturing of their welding rods. Frequent first-hand exposure on the job is not the only way that the material is introduced into the body. Unfortunately, family members could just as easily suffer from second-hand residue brought home on the clothes and hair of the welder.
- Asbestosis causes significant breathing difficulty over the years of scar tissue formation on the lungs. Due to the nature of symptoms, it leads to the conclusion that this is pulmonary disease is caused exclusively from inhaling particles.
- Mesothelioma is also caused by inhalation of the dangerous substance as it causes cancer to form in the abdominal cavity (Peritoneal), the lining of the lungs (Pleural), or around the heart (Pericardial). Symptoms that may lead to a diagnosis include pain in the chest and breathing problems, but it can easily be mistaken for other conditions.
- Mesothelioma lung cancer typically shows up in individuals previously employed in oil refineries, chemical plants, or aluminum plants. Smokers exponentially increase their chances to develop cancer tumors in comparison to non-smoking individuals. Other types of cancer linked to exposure include the pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and colon.
When to Consult An Attorney
A positive diagnosis of Mesothelioma or Asbestosis should be investigated with the expertise of a trusted lawyer. Collecting sufficient data regarding employment history and the chance of exposure is a delicate process. Some companies offer compensation to qualified former employees, but other individuals have to take legal action against companies that have yet to admit liability.
Act fast to get the help you need for the best chance to receive the compensation you and your loved ones need after a Mesothelioma lung cancer diagnosis. Even if you do not have an aggressive disease, you have a right to take action against harmful conditions caused by your former employer. Contact our attorneys at (800) LUNDYLAW today for a personal consultation regarding your potential case.