Today marks what would have been Warren Zevon’s 66th birthday. Zevon, a singer-songwriter famous for his songs Werewolves of London and Lawyers, Guns & Money, died of mesothelioma. Interestingly enough, though the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, Zevon could not pinpoint anywhere he was exposed to the deadly carcinogen. Despite being a heavy smoker, tobacco smoke exposure has never been linked to mesothelioma.
My parents were big fans, so I was raised on much of his music. I still regularly load an album or two of his on my iPhone, especially on road trips.
Mr. Zevon likely contracted mesothelioma via “bystander exposure” to asbestos. Sadly, asbestos has taken its toll on children and spouses of those working with asbestos who brought it home on their clothes, as well as those who at one point or another occupied a building where some asbestos dust was present.
Our office assists those affected by asbestos-related diseases, including those who contract mesothelioma via “bystander exposure.” One of our most recent filings alleges “bystander exposure” as the cause of mesothelioma. Should you have any questions about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma or “bystander exposure” feel free to call our office.