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Teachers, have you learned about asbestos risks?

As a teacher, you impact the lives of individuals all around you every day. Over the years that you participated in this profession, you likely felt that the children, parents and other teachers had a significant impact on you as well. However, one aspect you may have given little thought to is how your physical surroundings affected your health throughout the course of your career.

If you worked in an older school building, the likelihood exists that the builders of the school used asbestos during its construction. Because many schools built before the 1980s remain in use today, you could have faced asbestos exposure.

Asbestos placement

Because construction crews commonly used this material in a variety of buildings, many individuals often work within a few feet of asbestos. When the material lays undisturbed it poses little threat to the health of individuals. As a result, rather than removing all asbestos, the policy created to handle the material indicated that the best route involved leaving it in place.

Friable asbestos

Though the material may still exist in your school building in accordance with EPA policy, risks still exist. Asbestos materials that have begun to fall apart, easily break or become easily disturbed -- known as friable asbestos -- can lead to asbestos fibers releasing into the air. If you breathe in these fibers, they could embed in your lungs and lead to a myriad of serious health issues.

Health risks

Breathing in asbestos fibers could result in your developing lung infections, trouble breathing, lung cancer or mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a particularly harmful form of cancer for which little treatment and no cure exists. Unfortunately, you may not become aware of the extent of your illness immediately, which could lead to further complications.

Compensation

Though teaching may not stand as the first profession that comes to mind when individuals think of asbestos exposure, a serious risk still exists. If you develop a serious illness or cancer and believe asbestos exposure caused your health issues, you may feel a sense of dread revolving around your potentially diminished lifespan and the financial issues that could also result. However, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit in hopes of obtaining compensation.

If you feel that taking such action could suit your circumstances, you may wish to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania attorney. A legal professional with knowledge relating to asbestos exposure cases may help you better understand your options.

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