How Are Electricians Affected by Mesothelioma?
Nicole Winch | June 23, 2020
An electrician’s primary role is to install, maintain or repair electrical systems. Like many other industrial occupations, asbestos was commonly used by electricians during the 20th century for its strength and fire-resistant capabilities.
The constant daily exposure to this toxic substance has put thousands of electricians at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects approximately 3,000 people each year in the United States. Many of those victims are electricians. We at Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris have firsthand experience working with and representing former electrical workers in mesothelioma claims.
If you are an electrician and were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation. At BCBH Law, we have helped many former electricians recover compensation to help pay for their treatment costs and lost wages due to their illness.
Why Is Asbestos Involved in Electrical Work?
There is a heightened risk of fires when it comes to working with electricity. Since asbestos has excellent fire-resistant properties, electricians relied on this material for a variety of electrical work. Many times asbestos was used on:
- Electrical wiring
- Electrical control boards, panels and boxes
- Explosion-proof compounds in large plants
Although the use of asbestos has significantly decreased since the late 1980s, electricians are still at risk of exposure today.
Older equipment and wiring may still have asbestos insulation. Like most construction workers, electricians can inhale loose fibers when performing maintenance or replacement of these existing asbestos-containing materials.
Fibers can also be released into the air when drilling into older walls or floors to install new wiring. Wallboards, floorboards, roof tiles and other construction components all can contain asbestos. Drilling can produce a large amount of dust which can often include an unrecognizable amount of asbestos.
What Are Your Legal Rights as an Electrician with Mesothelioma?
The companies who manufactured and sold asbestos products are the ones responsible for your cancer. Many companies advertised asbestos as a “magic mineral” and led to its use across numerous industries. Many of these companies knew the health risks and continued to put millions of lives in danger so they could make a profit.
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be emotionally and financially draining on victims and their families. At BCBH Law, we understand that and will work hard to build a strong case against the companies who put you in this position.
Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped former electricians recover compensation for their cancer:
- We represented a 64-year-old electrician and construction inspector, who settled for $2.1 million.
- We represented a 70-year-old Navy veteran and electrician, who settled for $1.67 million.
Fill out our free case evaluation form and see what compensation options are available to you. The lawyers at BCBH Law can help you take legal action and make sure you receive justice for your mesothelioma diagnosis.