If you’re a do-it-yourselfer who has grand plans for making your home worthy of an HGTV special, we’re excited for you, but we also have an important word of caution – make sure that you understand the very real dangers of a condition called mesothelioma, and watch out for the asbestos that causes it.Asbestos is the single known cause of malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that is diagnosed in about 3,000 Americans every year. There is no cure and it is always considered a fatal disease, and though it is generally considered an occupational illness that affects older men who worked near asbestos throughout their careers, it has also become a big concern in the face of the recent uptick in home renovation. Most American homes that were built prior to the 1990s have asbestos hidden within the walls, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, plumbing or wiring. That’s because asbestos’ dangers weren’t widely known before that time: though asbestos company executives were aware of the fact that people were getting sick from exposure to their products, they conspired to keep the information a secret in order to continue making big profits from the use of the inexpensive material. Today, homeowners planning renovations need to watch out for asbestos and know what to do when they find it.
Do not dismiss the real risk of mesothelioma. People have been diagnosed with the disease simply as a result of exposure to the asbestos-covered clothing that their loved ones wore home from work, or from laundering asbestos-contaminated work uniforms. If you are doing demolition work and you find something that you believe may be asbestos, take the time to call in a certified asbestos abatement professional and ask them to inspect what you’ve found. If the substance is asbestos, then they will provide you with a plan for its remediation and removal. The sooner that you act, the safer your family will be.
If you have already been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, you may be able to hold those responsible financially liable for the harm that you’ve suffered. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244 to learn more.