Asbestos is just one of many dangerous occupational substances

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2019 | lung cancer

As you may already know, asbestos is a highly dangerous material that often leads to lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. Contrary to popular belief, many products and industries still use asbestos. For example, brake pads used in the automotive industry may contain at least some of the material.

As if this is not bad enough, there are other substances workers in Louisiana may encounter that could also result in lung cancer. Learning about these can help you avoid this life-threatening medical condition. Such knowledge may also aid you in your efforts to seek a legal solution for your suffering. Below, you will find several examples of occupational conditions that come with a risk of developing lung cancer.

  • Exposure to solvents such as toluene or benzene
  • Exposure to metallic elements like beryllium, aluminum or cadmium
  • Exposure to arsenic, which appears in textile, fireworks and glass production industries
  • Exposure to reactive chemicals such as vinyl chloride, ether or mustard gas
  • Exposure to fumes or gases

Unfortunately, many of the most lucrative occupations are also the most dangerous in terms of developing lung cancer. Examples include metal workers, chemists, masonry workers, painters and those involved in the energy industry. When comparing the risks of such occupations against the ability to provide for your family, most people choose the latter, which is completely understandable.

Employers must provide you with accurate information about any potentially harmful substances you may encounter at work. They must also provide you with the means to protect yourself against these toxic materials. When they fail to do so and lung cancer arises, consider consulting with a lawyer to identify the possible remedies at your disposal. This can open the door to forms of financial compensation about which you may not be aware.