Secondary asbestos exposure is also known as take home asbestos exposure. Exposure to asbestos fibers can create a high risk of exposure in the home and to family members because the fibers can travel on clothing, hair, skin and personal belongings.  Bringing asbestos fibers from the exposure site home places family members at great risk of developing deadly asbestos exposure related illnesses from their at home asbestos exposure.

Secondary Asbestos Exposure from Contact with Others

Something as innocent as hugging your father when he gets home from work can lead to repeated exposure to asbestos fibers by inhalation and swallowing. Such was the case with Heather Von St. James, who would greet her father who worked in construction enthusiastically when he arrived home and later developed mesothelioma as a result of her asbestos exposure.

Prolonged or repeated exposures such as these can become a source for significant enough quantities of asbestos fibers to enter the lungs or the esophagus, causing related health conditions. Family members who worked in industries known to have a high risk of asbestos exposure are particularly likely to have exposed family members to asbestos fibers unless proper precautions were taken.

Secondary Exposure to Asbestos from Contaminated Items

items or belongings of workers severely exposed to asbestos can create repeated or severe exposures to the carcinogenic fibers. Clothing is of particular concern since the fabric weave can easily cause asbestos fibers to become entrapped or embedded and family members may have come into contact with the fibers from doing laundry or touching the clothing. Asbestos fibers may also linger on other items, such as tools. Entering environments such as a worker’s primary commuter vehicle can also lead to exposure.

Secondary Asbestos Exposure from Contact with Contaminated Skin or Hair

Asbestos fibers embedded in the skin, sitting on the skin’s surface, or tangled in a person’s hair can cause repeated exposure upon contact with another. In some instances, the exposed individual further contaminates their environment to create subsequent exposure risk to family members who come into contact with the asbestos.

Secondary Asbestos Exposure from Laundry of Contaminated Cloth

Laundering clothing contaminated with asbestos fibers is a particularly dangerous risk for subsequent exposure because of the tendency for asbestos fibers to become trapped within the fabric weave and fibers of the other clothes. When disturbed exposure

Commingling worker’s clothes contaminated with asbestos in situations like these is all too common. Most of these asbestos fibers remain in the environment since detergent and water are not effective at flushing them out or decontaminating fabric.

If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related cancer, secondary exposure may be the cause. Contact Mesowatch today for immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. Our nationwide team of mesothelioma lawyers can use their experience and resources to identify all responsible parties and pursue maximum compensation for your losses.

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Individuals diagnosed with the disease can often turn to seek a settlement, bankruptcy trust funds, file a workers’ compensation claim or take their case to trial and Veterans can file a claim with the VA.

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