The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Which workers are at most risk for developing mesothelioma?

Asbestos exposure among miners, millers, factory line workers and construction workers was relatively high until the 1960s and 1970s. Little did they know at the time just how deadly exposure to the mineral would prove to be later in life. It's largely due to the fact that asbestos has a latency period of 10 to 40 years that it's only now that the true harmful effects of exposure to it are being experienced by so many.

Data released by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that during the four decades leading up to 1980, as many as 27 million workers may have been exposed to asbestos fibers. Virtually any worker in any trade that you can think of was likely exposed to it, from electricians to plumbers, painters to mechanics and welders to shipyard workers.

Even in cases where individuals didn't work directly with the mineral, they still received secondary exposure to it by coming in contact with workers who did.

In terms of passive exposure, NIOSH contends that it's likely that workers exposed their friends and family members to the mineral because of there being limited industrial hygiene protocols in place. Often times, workers returning home from work would not have their clothes, skin or hair decontaminated to remove traces of the mineral. This resulted in it being circulated through the air.

One study conducted in the 1990s showed that those living with individuals who regularly worked with asbestos were twice as likely to die from cancer than anyone else. That same study also revealed that, among 115 cases examined in which loved ones of asbestos employees had died, four had pleural mesothelioma when they passed on.

Although it's been outlawed for several decades now, the American Thoracic Society contends that over one million maintenance and construction workers continue to be exposed to asbestos every year. Most often they're exposed to the harmful mineral while renovating older homes or buildings.

If you believe that your earlier exposure to asbestos while on the job has resulted in your current decline in health, then a Madison County, Illinois mesothelioma attorney can advise you of legal options available to you.

Source: Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, "Asbestos toxicity: Who is at risk of exposure to asbestos?," accessed Feb. 16, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

The Gori Law Firm Donates to Several Area Food Pantries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1100F
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Granite City Office
The Gori Law Firm
2862 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Granite City Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top