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Who Is at Risk for Exposure to Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used for many years in the United States — even after its dangerous nature became well-known. Thousands of products contained asbestos. Manufacturing companies continued to rely on asbestos for its heat resistance and fire-retardant qualities. In fact, asbestos is not completely banned today in the United States.

Men are more likely than women to suffer an asbestos-related disease, according to the American Cancer Society. It can take decades for complications from asbestos exposure to present symptoms. Many victims were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Construction, industrial and trade workers were commonly exposed to asbestos at work. Their families are also at risk for secondhand exposure.

Asbestos Exposure Is Often Linked to Occupational Hazards

In general, asbestos is not harmful when it is not disturbed. However, many workers were exposed to asbestos regularly on the job while installing, removing, or cutting asbestos-laden products. For example, auto mechanics working on cars could disturb asbestos while performing a brake job.

Occupations, where workers were commonly exposed to asbestos-laden products, include:

  • Pipefitters

  • Plumbers

  • Electricians

  • Carpenters

  • Drywall and sheetrock workers

  • Millwrights

  • Boilermakers

  • General laborers

  • Navy veterans

  • Airplane and car mechanics

  • Utility workers, including water main pipe workers

  • Power plant workers

  • Heavy equipment operators

  • Roofing installers

No list can be complete. Many victims of asbestos exposure may be far removed from contact with a hazardous workplace. If you believe that asbestos is the source of your medical problems, the lawyer you choose can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

The legal team at David C. Thompson, P.C., has effectively litigated asbestos and mesothelioma cases since 1984. During that time, we have compiled vast resources that relate to the many potential sources of exposure for North Dakota residents. Our substantial experience investigating the facts and our deep knowledge of the local landscape in this highly technical area are clear strengths of the firm.

Call a Seasoned Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorney for A Free Case Evaluation

If you or your loved one was recently diagnosed with any asbestos-related disease, we invite you to contact our office in Grand Forks. We represent clients throughout North Dakota and nationwide.