Due to asbestos use in classrooms across the country, teachers are at risk for being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, today. Used extensively throughout the 20th century, asbestos was worked into insulation, pipe wrap, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, coatings, roof shingles, and drywall in school buildings.
In many schools, these asbestos-containing materials are breaking down and releasing fibers into the air that teachers breathe. This puts present-day teachers at risk for developing illnesses like mesothelioma in the future. The latency period of an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma can be anywhere from ten to seventy years.
Retired teachers are also at risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis, as asbestos was not recognized as a hazard to human health until the late 1970s. Management plans were not required to deal with potential exposure within schools until 1986.
If you have worked or are working as a teacher in a U.S. school and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition such as mesothelioma, your occupation could be responsible. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced mesothelioma attorney to better understand your legal rights.