How Do I Know If I Was Exposed to Asbestos?

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

How do you know if you were exposed to asbestos? Well, everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point during their life. Low levels of asbestos are in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not get ill from their exposure. People who do get ill from asbestos are most usually those who are exposed to it on a continual basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.

List of Jobs Most At Risk to Be Exposed To Asbestos

Automotive mechanics
Cement Finishers
Chemical Plant Workers
Drywall Workers
Foundry Workers
Paper workers
Pipe fitters
Power Plant Workers
Sailors (Navy & Merchant Marine)
Shipyard workers
Steel and Sheet metal workers
9/11 Responders


Asbestos has been used in a number of occupations above and even more in addition to those above. A number of former military members, especially those who served in the navy, coast guard, or merchant marines, came into contact with asbestos during their service in those lines of duty. Massive amounts of asbestos used to be used in shipbuilding and commercial construction before the mid-1970’s. Anyone involved with those industries is at a very high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma. Exposure could have been direct or indirect, lengthy or brief. The typical exposure period is lengthy in time, but some persons with short but intense exposures develop mesothelioma.

A unique feature with asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer is that it has a long latency period between exposure to asbestos and the onset of the injury or disease. The latency period before mesothelioma starts becoming noticeable is 15 to 50 years, or more. That means that a person could have been exposed to asbestos 50 years ago, and develop mesothelioma today. The average time period for developing mesothelioma though, is 35-40 years.  Learn more about mesothelioma here, or contact our law firm or call us at (847) 566-8623 to discuss your case today.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Respiratory complications or difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Fever
  • Pleural effusions
  • Chest pain
  • Weight loss
  • Respiratory complications

Contact Our Libertyville Law Firm

Learn more about mesothelioma here, or contact our law firm or call us at (847) 566-8623 to discuss your case today. Consult the mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers at The Law Offices of John Borcia today for a FREE case evaluation. Evening and week-end appointments available. Home and hospital visits available upon request. We handle most cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you do.