Bystander Exposure in Indiana
What is Bystander Exposure?
Bystander exposure occurs when someone is in an area where other people
asbestos or asbestos-containing products. Many people are exposed to asbestos as
"bystanders." Asbestos fibers are extremely small and the slightest
disturbances can cause any loose asbestos to become airborne. Once they
are released, these invisible fibers spread through the air and are inhaled
by everyone in the area.
In many cases, bystander is indirect form of exposure through a family
member or loved one. Spouses and adults who were exposed as children in
their homes are being more frequently diagnosed with asbestos diseases,
such as mesothelioma and asbestos cancer. Workers carried the asbestos
fibers home on their clothing, shoes, body and hair. The asbestos fibers
contaminated cars and homes. Those who did household chores, such as laundry
and cleaning were exposed.
In many cases, bystander exposure is an indirect form of occupational exposure.
When a Navy seaman stood watch on a ship being repaired at a shipyard,
he was exposed to all the asbestos released by the work of the
shipyard workers. Likewise, a carpenter working at a
construction site could be exposed to asbestos insulation and drywall from the plasterers
working nearby. Even people in clerical or managerial positions could
have bystander exposure if they worked at jobsites where other people
were regularly using asbestos products.
Bystander exposure is more common than most people think. A bystander’s
level of exposure can be substantial and can lead to the development of
asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma. The bottom line is that exposure
to asbestos is dangerous — and deadly — under any circumstance,
whether direct or indirect.
Courts have recognized the rights of bystanders who have been exposed to
asbestos. They have allowed bystanders and their families to receive compensation
for injuries they have suffered related to their asbestos exposure. It
is important that you preserve your legal rights.
If you believe that your diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos
disease is as a result of your secondhand exposure to asbestos, please
contact George & Farinas, LLP immediately so we can help you and your loved ones.