In the past, asbestos was a great and cheap way of insulating all sorts of building materials such as drywall, concrete, vinyl floor tiles, and even electrical cabling. It is a naturally occurring mineral-based silicate that has been in use for generations, but it was only until the late 1980s that the potentially lethal effects of asbestos were widely known.
If you think you may have been affected by exposure to asbestos at work, or perhaps you have been diagnosed as having mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer that is typically attributed to asbestos exposure), here is what you need to know about where you stand in terms of pursuing any potential lawsuits against your employers. You can visit this link to get more information about it.
What should I do if I think I have been exposed to asbestos?
The trouble with asbestos exposure is that it can take many years, even decades before symptoms can develop. This is because the symptoms associated with mesothelioma do not typically present themselves until the cancer is growing and pushing on organs or nerves.
Some of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma include shortness of breath, pain in the abdomen or lower back, a persistent cough that you just can’t get rid of, weight loss and feeling sick a lot of the time.
It is important that you go and see your doctor as a matter of urgency if you get some or all of these symptoms because the earlier you are diagnosed as having a condition such as mesothelioma caused by asbestos, the better your chances are of long-term survival.
I’m not sure where I was exposed to asbestos, can I sue?
Absolutely. When you hire a reputable asbestos attorney, they will work with you to determine the source of the asbestos exposure. It could well be that you have worked with a number of different products which contain asbestos; in those circumstances, lawsuits normally contain a number of manufacturers and will divide the amount of compensation required among them.
The other thing that you should bear in mind is that you need not have worked in a job such as a builder in the construction industry in order to have contracted an asbestos-related illness. For example, if you are the partner of someone who worked in such industries, and you washed their clothes for them on a regular basis, you would be perfectly entitled to claim for compensation.
How can I identify which products might have caused by asbestos exposure?
Although a lot of people can remember the brand names of products that they have handled in the past during their work, it is not always necessary to remember what specific products you used.
A lot of law firms that specialize in asbestos law specifically will be able to do some thorough research into the products you will have worked with based on the construction sites you would have worked at, or by determining what products a specific construction company normally use during the course of their business.