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Families of Asbestos Workers Vulnerable

Asbestos Litigation

Studies linking asbestos to disease began in the early 1900s. Direct asbestos exposure has been implicated in various diseases, principally mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and lung scarring.

The risks in all four diseases are closely influenced by the dose and duration of asbestos exposure, and they involve long and variable latent periods after initial exposure (20-40 years).

"We observed 115 total deaths, of which 43 were cancer deaths. Death certificates were attained on all cases and coded by death certificate cause only. We have observed that 38% of the deaths to January 1, 1990 were of cancer: mesothelioma, non-Hodgkin's, lymphoma, and cancer of the lung and gastrointestinal tract among others. The national estimated overall percentage is about 22%. Our figures were about double that."

"Mortality Experience of Family Contacts of Asbestos Factory Workers", Joubert, L, Seidman, H.& Selikoff, I.J., 643 Annals of New York Acad Sci 416-8 

The author, Jon L. Gelman, practices law in Wayne, NJ. He is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters). For over five decades, the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have represented injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

Recommended Citation: Gelman, Jon L.,  Families of Asbestos Workers Vulnerable, (1999),

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