People Most at Risk for Mesothelioma

People who are at the most risk of contracting mesothelioma are those who have worked in industries where asbestos use was widespread and their loved ones.  Some examples of job types that put employees and their families at higher risk for contracting mesothelioma include:

  • Construction workers
  • Asbestos manufacturers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Military personnel

People who live in close proximity to an asbestos factory and also those who are in contact with these people are also, unsurprisingly, at a high risk as well. It is important to note that asbestos fibers can stick to one's hair and clothing, so people who are in daily contact with others who work around it are at risk themselves.

Generally, the age that patients find out that they have mesothelioma is between 60 and 70 years old. This is because the latency period for mesothelioma is between 30 and 50 years, so people who were exposed when they were young do not find out they have mesothelioma until much later in life.

Even decades ago, many employers knowingly put their employees at risk by using asbestos-based materials or by neglecting to remove such materials from the workplace, even with knowledge of the harmful effects they have.  An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can investigate your claim and may be able to hold your employer and even the manufacturer of the asbestos materials responsible for your illness if they were negligent in their dealings with asbestos.