Mesothelioma: Second Hand Asbestos Exposure

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What is Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos?

Secondhand asbestos exposure, (also called; secondary asbestos exposure, bystander asbestos exposure, and drive-by asbestos exposure) refers to any form of ingestion when an individual comes into contact with asbestos materials or products containing asbestos.

Secondary asbestos exposure came to light when spouses and children of workers that handled asbestos on job sites started developing Mesothelioma cancer many years after their initial exposure. When work clothes were shaken out and laundered, millions of tiny asbestos fibers would become airborne and be ingested or breathed.

Court documents showed that spouses and children that inhaled or ingested microscopic asbestos fibers from washing clothes and coming into contact with family members. Asbestos dust and fibers were brought into the home on work clothes and shoes.

One in almost 4 Diagnosed Cases of Mesothelioma are Now Women

Another form of secondary asbestos exposure is called “bystander” asbestos exposure. This exposure occurs when a worker who did not work directly with asbestos but were close to other workers that did, started developing Mesothelioma years after their initial exposure.

Many victims of secondhand asbestos exposure are the spouses, children, and family members of workers that handled asbestos-containing products daily. Mesothelioma has a long latency period that can be 10-50 years before symptoms can be diagnosed. Women with a Mesothelioma diagnosis represent about 1 in 4 mesothelioma cases.

How Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Occurs

When asbestos is disturbed, broken apart, cut, decayed, or damaged, it releases tiny asbestos microscopic fibrous particles that can cling to hair and clothing. These asbestos fibers are easily transferred to others where they can accumulate in the lining of lungs that cause mesothelioma lung cancer.

Asbestos is most dangerous when it is;


Abandoned Deteriorated Loose
Aged Disturbed Marred
Blown Off Dried Peeled
Breaks Drilled Pulverized
Brittle Exposed Removed
Broken Falling Apart Replaced
Bucked Flaming Rotted
Burnt Fragmented Sanded
Carried Frayed Sawed
Chiseled Friable Scorched
Chopped Glued Scraped
Cracked Grinded Scratched
Crumbled Ground Shrunk
Cut Grouted Torn
Damaged Handled Touched
Decayed Inhaled Warped
Demolished Leaked Worn Out

Second Hand Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma


  • Second-hand asbestos exposure or “drive-by” asbestos exposure is one of the fastest growing causes of malignant Mesothelioma.
  • Second-hand asbestos exposure has been well documented from first-hand asbestos exposure by a family member bringing it home from the workplace.
  • Family members doing laundry containing asbestos dust or fibers in clothing have had a Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases diagnosis.
  • Second-hand asbestos exposure is now recognized as a direct cause of Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other types of deadly asbestos-related illnesses.
  • In California, a 61-year-old woman dying from Mesothelioma received $6.5 Million for Second Hand Asbestos Exposure at ages 4 to 7 from her parents who worked at a shipyard.
  • Second-hand asbestos exposure is also known as “paraoccupational exposure.”
  • Malignant Mesothelioma cases have been documented being directly caused by second-hand asbestos exposure.
  • Medical studies in the 1960s reported that significant portions of Mesothelioma cases among women and children were likely caused by secondary asbestos exposure.
  • U. S. Courts are holding asbestos companies liable for Mesothelioma cancer caused by second-hand asbestos exposure.
  • Australia, England, and Japan have begun to recognize and compensate asbestos exposure victims of secondary exposure.
  • Libby, MT is the nation’s worst case of Second Hand Asbestos Exposure with thousands of Libby residents becoming sick after being exposed to asbestos from the town’s vermiculite mine.
  • Higher numbers of second-hand asbestos exposure cases are reported in places where people lived near oil refineries, power plants, factories, shipyards, steel mills, and asbestos mines.
  • Like first-hand asbestos exposure, the symptoms related to second-hand asbestos exposure may not surface for 10 to 50 years after the initial asbestos exposure.

Malignant Mesothelioma has been linked to workplace asbestos exposure.

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Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and major organs in the body. Mesothelioma cancer cells are in the sac lining the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). There are about 3,000 new fatal Mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the U. S. If you are experiencing any Mesothelioma symptoms, you should contact a doctor immediately.

Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?

If you or a family member has had a malignant Mesothelioma diagnosis, you are going to have a lot of questions about living with Mesothelioma. It is crucial to be aware of what legal options you have against asbestos manufacturers and companies responsible for your exposure. Mesothelioma is a seriously deadly disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, with the average survival time for people with Mesothelioma is 4-18 months.

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Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?

If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer, immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer about your available compensation from asbestos trust funds.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within your states Statute of Limitations.

We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. Although there is a tremendous mourning period with the loss of a loved one, it is crucial not to let your Statute of Limitations expire before filing a Mesothelioma lawsuit. In most states, the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have a 6-year Statute of Limitations.

Mesothelioma Latency Period

Mesothelioma has a long latency period of 10-50 years. Many Veterans, Shipyard Workers, Construction Workers, Power Plant Workers, Mill Workers, Steel Workers, Railroad Workers, Pipefitters, Insulators, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders, Auto Mechanics, Veterans, Factory Workers, and laborers are living in the early stages of a variety of asbestos-related diseases. Many Mesothelioma lawyers will not accept asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, colon cancer, and esophageal cancer cases.

There are More Than 30 Billion Dollars Set Aside for Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

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