This is something you should discuss with your doctor, but there are numerous instances of spouses and children developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related health problems through the occupational exposure of a family member. In many industries, and for many decades, workers would wear clothes home from their jobs that were covered in asbestos dust, and over time the home environment would become contaminated. Playing with the kids or sitting down to dinner together after work would create airborne asbestos fibers that family members could breathe in.
Why some people develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos while others don’t remains a mystery. The important thing for family members of those who developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure in their working life is to have an open and ongoing dialogue with their healthcare providers so that symptoms can be investigated and appropriate care can be provided. Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose because of the long latency period of the disease and the fact that early on, it presents with vague symptoms that may not even feel worth mentioning.
People who know or suspect that they have been exposed to asbestos should take the lead in their medical care. Because there are costs associated with this, it’s important to make sure you have the resources you need. Your spouse’s death from mesothelioma may entitle you to compensation that can ensure that you and your family have all the resources you need to protect yourselves now and in the future. The Gertler Law Firm can help you stay healthy after a loved one passes away from mesothelioma. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation.