It is common knowledge that asbestos causes cancer. Sadly, few people knew that decades ago. Businesses used asbestos for a variety of different purposes and products. They didn’t always warn workers of the risks of exposure. Products containing asbestos can cause cancer. Manufacturing facilities exposed workers to asbestos before there were safety regulations. The products they made exposed the general public to this dangerous substance.
Some people exposed to asbestos eventually develop cancer. Asbestos can cause both lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that grows in the organ linings. However, it will eventually spread to other parts of the body. Mesothelioma takes decades to develop and is often deadly. Workers in many professions had asbestos exposure before there were safety regulations in place. Teachers are among those possibly sickened by workplace asbestos exposure.
Many schools have materials that contain asbestos
One of the main uses of asbestos is for insulation. It is very effective at providing thermal insulation. Asbestos is also a flame or fire retardant. Finally, it is relatively cheap. It makes sense that builders would use this material at schools. A well-insulated building requires less to heat and cool. Slowing the spread of any fire that occurs is also beneficial for the safety of students. Working in an environment that contains asbestos can put employees at significant risk.
Unfortunately, countless teachers and school maintenance workers are at risk of cancer due to the use of those materials. Some families have been able to win lawsuits related to school asbestos exposure. Many teachers have been able to connect their cancer to school buildings full of asbestos. Those working in school districts that had older buildings are at particularly high risk.
Teachers diagnosed with mesothelioma may have grounds to pursue a claim for compensation. The school district may have some liability for exposing them to dangerous materials. A successful mesothelioma claim can help the victim and their family.