What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals which are odorless and tasteless. These minerals are made up of fine fibers that are durable and heat resistant. Exposure to this "miracle mineral" is now widely known to be the cause of the fatal cancer called mesothelioma. In addition to mesothelioma, this deadly substance has also been known to cause lung cancer and asbestosis.

If you or a loved one has had a history of asbestos exposure it is important to learn about your help risks as well as getting the medical and legal help you deserve. At Vogelzang Law we want to help those who had exposure learn about their legal rights.  

Types of Asbestos Exposure



The most common cause of pleural mesothelioma is through occupational asbestos exposure which occurs on the job in hazardous work environements. Generally, most occupational exposure occurred prior to the 1980s during the time when federal laws began restricting asbestos use. Individuals who are most likely to suffer from asbestos exposure while on the job include those worked in construction, power plants, steel mills, shipyards, and even in the military.


Individuals who are most likely to suffer from secondary asbestos exposure include family members of occupationally exposed workers. These occupational exposed workers who worked with or around asbestos all day would be covered in asbestos-laden dust. This dust would be brought into their car and into their home. Their clothing when then be laundered by their spouse or family member unknowingly exposing themselves and others to asbestos. 


Environmental asbestos exposure is caused by indirect exposure to environmental pollution or by naturally occurring asbestos. For example, one might suffer from environmental exposure if they live in close proximity to asbestos mining or manufacturing. The mining or manufacturing of asbestos leads to air pollution which gets ingested or inhaled as well as soil pollution.