A recent study by the Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research estimates that global cases of mesothelioma are expected to rise over the next ten years.
Although asbestos has been banned since the 1980s, new cases of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and throat cancer have continued to appear as a result of the dangerous fibers. In addition to direct exposure to asbestos, thousands of people continue to suffer diseases from non-occupational exposure to the material, including do-it-yourself projects and second-hand contact.
In the United States alone, some 85,000 new cases of mesothelioma are expected to develop. Countless more will go undiagnosed and untreated. Over the next decade, tens of thousands of families will be affected by the ongoing dangers of asbestos exposure.
The report noted that the average period between exposure and diagnosis tends to be greater than 40 years. In addition to the rise of cases over the next decade, physicians may see asbestos-related diagnoses well into 2050.
Anyone affected by mesothelioma or any other occupational disease has rights under the law. Legal action can potentially secure compensation for the medical expenses and lost wages stemming from any asbestos-related disease.
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Did You Know: Essentially all trades of construction workers are at high risk of asbestos exposure.