Workers exposed to asbestos may qualify for free asbestos testing

Workers who were exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or other illnesses may qualify to file a lawsuit.

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to an increased risk of several serious and potentially fatal diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma cancer.

If you or a loved one worked at a job that involved exposure to asbestos or at jobsites where asbestos materials were commonly present, you may qualify to receive free asbestos testing to find out if you have developed mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, or other diseases linked to asbestos exposure.

To find out if you qualify, contact the lawyers at Hissey, Mulderig & Friend by calling toll-free at 1-855-500-3734, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form.

Jobs Linked to Asbestos Exposure

Before the use of asbestos was banned in the U.S., many jobs required workers to regularly come into contact with asbestos materials. Decades after they were first exposed, many of these workers are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other diseases linked to asbestos exposure.

Some of the jobs that involved the heaviest exposure to asbestos included:

  • Auto mechanics who inhaled airborne asbestos from brakes, rotors, and other car parts containing asbestos.

  • Boilermakers and boiler workers who were exposed to the asbestos that was used to insulate most commercial boilers.

  • Construction workers, including bricklayers, carpenters, cement workers, contractors, electricians, laborers, lathers, masonry workers, millwrights, painters, plasters, roofers, and tile setters who worked in homes containing asbestos.

  • Demolition workers involved in tearing down homes or buildings that contained asbestos insulation.

  • Factory workers who worked in facilities where asbestos materials were present.

  • Firefighters exposed to asbestos materials that were found in older homes.

  • Industrial workers who operated machinery in workplaces where asbestos materials were found.

  • Metal workers who wore protective clothes containing asbestos or who worked with asbestos-contaminated materials.

  • Pipefitters and pipe coverers who cut asbestos sheets, fit asbestos cloth around pipes, or laid asbestos cement.

  • Plumbers exposed to asbestos around pipes used in older homes or commercial buildings. 
  • U.S. Navy veterans who served onboard ships that contained asbestos materials.

Jobsites Frequently Contaminated with Asbestos

During the 20th century, the widespread use of asbestos at many jobsites caused tens of thousands of workers to be exposed to asbestos. Although asbestos was banned in the U.S. during the 1970s, some jobsites may still contain leftover asbestos materials that can put workers at risk of being exposed.

Some jobsites that have been linked to an increased risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Aluminum plants with pots that were insulated with asbestos.

  • Automotive repair shops where asbestos brakes or other car parts could cause particles to become airborne. 
  • Breweries and brewing companies that used asbestos to filter particles from beer and spirits. 
  • Chemical plants with asbestos insulation to protect workers from high heat. 
  • Oil refineries with asbestos insulation or machine parts, or where workers were issued protective clothing containing asbestos. 
  • Oil rigs that mixed asbestos with drilling mud or that used protective materials with asbestos. 
  • Paper mills that manufactured products containing asbestos. 
  • Power plants with protective materials containing asbestos that were designed to protect workers from high heat. 
  • Steel mills with machines or welding equipment that was coated with asbestos insulation.

  • Textile mills where clothing and fabrics containing asbestos were manufactured. 
  • Trains and railyards were asbestos insulation was used to protect railroad worked from heat. 
  • U.S. Navy ships that were manufactured using asbestos materials in engine rooms, boiler rooms, and other areas.

Diseases Caused by Asbestos Exposure

The most well-known of the diseases linked to asbestos exposure is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, abdomen, or testicles. 

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. In most cases, it may take decades after an individual has been exposed to asbestos before the first symptoms of mesothelioma begin to appear. Because mesothelioma is such an aggressive form of cancer, most patients survive only a few months or a few years after they receive their diagnosis.

Exposure to asbestos has also been linked to asbestosis, scarring of the lung tissue caused by the presence of asbestos fibers in the lungs. In some cases, asbestos can also cause individuals to develop lung cancer, cancers in other parts of the body, or other health conditions.

Find Out if You Qualify for Free Asbestos Testing

If you or a loved one worked at a job where you were regularly exposed to asbestos or if you worked at jobsites where asbestos materials were present, you may be eligible to receive a free health examination to find out if you have developed mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, or other asbestos-related diseases.

For more information about how to receive a free asbestos health exam, contact the lawyers at Hissey, Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-855-500-3734. You can also send us a message online by following the link to our free case evaluation form.

After we receive your message, a member of our staff will contact you to help you schedule your free asbestos medical examination.

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