Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 18th October 2018
We are seeing an increasing number of women who contract mesothelioma from asbestos and often without any occupational history of exposure themselves.
Though women are perhaps less likely to have worked in the traditionally male-dominated heavy industries where direct exposure to asbestos was commonplace, they are at high risk from secondary exposure. One 1997 US study found that nearly half of the women who had contracted mesothelioma had suffered exposure due to household contact with individuals who worked with asbestos. Typically, the women did the family laundry and shook out the contaminated clothes before washing them, breathing in large quantities of asbestos fibres in the process.