In an effort to remove asbestos, a dangerous mineral shown to cause cancer when inhaled, many companies and building owners hire “asbestos abatement” professionals to help remove the toxic substance. Numerous buildings throughout the United States and New Mexico still contain asbestos, often used in insulation and other building materials. Further, homes built as late as 1986 may still have asbestos in their ceilings. If the asbestos is contained, its potential risks are low, however, if the fibers can become dislodged and inhaled, individuals face the dangers of developing one of the diseases associated with asbestos exposure such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable Albuquerque mesothelioma attorney. Many times, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
A recent undercover asbestos investigation revealed that now workers involved in the asbestos-abatement field are facing dangers and risks from asbestos exposure. A college student -Ernest Ojito – started working in a construction job as a way to make money for his tuition, but left his job due to dangerous working conditions. He alleges violations at six different companies, including providing little or no protection for workers, potentially exposing them to asbestos dust. Federal law requires workers to be provided with proper masks and decontamination showers to wash away asbestos.
Although many people who are currently being diagnosed with mesothelioma suffered exposure years, even decades, ago, allegations such as Ojito’s provide new concerns that asbestos continues to put workers at risk for developing a life-threatening disease.
For more information or if you believe you have been harmed due to asbestos exposure, contact the dedicated New Mexico asbestos lawyers at the Branch Law Firm for a confidential consultation.