Family Members of Industrial Workers Are At Risk for Developing Mesothelioma

Not only are men who worked at construction sites, shipyards, and in auto garages at extremely high risk for developing mesothelioma, so are their loved ones. Men working in these professions often wore their work clothes home, which were covered with asbestos- containing dust released from the pipe covering, gaskets, brake shoes, and other asbestos- containing products they used at work. Once at home, their wives, sisters, and daughters shook out and laundered this clothing. These women oftentimes breathed in this harmful dust themselves and are also at grave risk of developing mesothelioma.

Both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control have recognized that, "Most cases of asbestos disease among workers' family members occurred in households where information indicated that asbestos-containing work clothing was brought into the home and women were exposed during home laundering of contaminated work clothing." The health consequences of laundering asbestos contaminated clothing are most relevant to mesothelioma which "can result from very low levels of exposure."

If you are a woman who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the attorneys at Weinstein Caggiano PLLC know how to pinpoint where and when your asbestos exposure occurred and what to do about it.