There are some occupations you would expect to have a risk of exposure to asbestos but dentistry isn’t one that springs to mind. A newly published article has highlighted the mesothelioma risk for dentist and those working on casting dental prosthetics before the 1970s.
Six cases have been reported by Queens College, City University of New York and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine where dental professionals have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.
From the beginning of the 1930s to the 1970s, approximately, tape that was used to line dental casting rings contained chrysotile or blue asbestos. This was because the castings were subjected to high temperatures, making asbestos perfect for the job.
These six cases highlight the need to take a detailed employment history when speaking to clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos conditions such as mesothelioma. Our specialist solicitors unfortunately speak to people every day who have been hit by devastating asbestos conditions and in many cases, at the time of the first phone call, people do not know where they have been exposed to asbestos. It is not until our solicitors take them through a number of questions, using their years of experience and knowledge that they are able to trace where the exposure to asbestos has come from.
It is extremely important when trying to pursue a claim for asbestos disease compensation that you are able to say how, when and where you were exposed to asbestos as without this information no civil compensation claim can be made. In some cases, we are not able to find any evidence or memory of asbestos exposure and whilst we cannot claim asbestos compensation in these instances, we can often assist in helping apply for payments through governmental schemes.
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Markowitz, SD and Moline, JM, “Malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in dental tape”, February 28, 2017, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Epub ahead of print