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Mesothelioma Risk from September 11th

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Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is found in the lining of the heart, lungs, or abdomen. The only known cause of Mesothelioma is asbestos. Symptoms of Mesothelioma can take as long as 10 to 60 years to show. If you or a loved one have developed Mesothelioma, a lawyer can help build a case to seek compensation from being exposed to asbestos. And an asbestos abatement contractor Los Angeles, CA trusts can take care of removing the asbestos in your home.

September 11th Asbestos Exposure

After the collapse of the World Trade Centers in 2001, Manhattan was covered with a cloud of dust and debris. This cloud of dust and debris was full of different toxins, including: lead, mercury, and asbestos. The World Trade Centers were said to have approximately 400 tons of asbestos in the insulation, drywall, and steel. This means when the towers collapsed, a large amount of the asbestos from the buildings was spread into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that any exposure to asbestos is dangerous. Typically, Mesothelioma takes many years to show symptoms, but there has already been multiple casualties from the disease linked to September 11th. Because of how much asbestos was in the air, the following groups of people were at risk for developing Mesothelioma:

  • First Responders

  • Construction and Cleanup Workers

  • Survivors

  • Residents of Manhattan

First Responders

In general, First Responders have a high chance of developing Mesothelioma due to the nature of their career. First Responders are frequently running into buildings where asbestos materials were used and therefore, asbestos is in the air. Their protective gear is created to keep harmful particles out of their airways, however, there is a high risk present with how often they are exposed. On September 11th, the First Responders were subjected to large amounts of asbestos for long periods of time.

Construction and Cleanup Workers

Construction and Cleanup Workers were exposed to the dust and debris throughout the entire reconstruction period. While they were also wearing protective gear, the sheer amount of toxins in the air has been of concern to many doctors and researchers.


The survivors of September 11th were incredibly lucky to survive the attack and collapse of the towers. However, many survivors breathed in high volumes of asbestos as soon as the buildings became damaged.

Residents of Manhattan

Asbestos can stay airborne for long periods of time. Because of this, the residents of Manhattan were subjected to asbestos for a long time after the dust cleared. Most residents did not think to wear protective masks after the dust had cleared, so they were unknowingly breathing in asbestos and have a chance of developing Mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact a personal injury lawyer. Mesothelioma is a painful, aggressive disease to which you should have never been exposed. A lawyer will work with you to develop a case to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical expenses.


Thank you to our friends and contributors at Nielsen Environmental for their insight into mesothelioma and asbestos.

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