Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos?
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it can be very scary. You probably have concerns about what this means to you, your family, your health and your future. The good news is that you have rights, and that laws were created to protect you.
You might have previously (or currently) worked in construction, the building trades industry or naval shipyards. Or, you could be showing symptoms of an asbestos-related illness from work you did prior to 1980. Among the many threats you might’ve faced on a daily basis, exposure to asbestos can be the most worrisome – and the most unforgiving.
You need to know what options you have available and if you truly have a viable case.
Asbestos: What is it and who is Affected?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used in various industries for construction and building purposes since the 19th century. Up until the 1970s, it was used regularly in building materials for insulation, pipefitting, boilermaking, shipbuilding and repair, utilities and power plants, chemical plants and refineries, carpentry and automotive repair.
If you’re a construction worker, you form the majority of the 1.3 million workers at risk for asbestos exposure on a daily basis. This is due to your work involving renovations, demolitions and re-building of old structures (which often contain the highly lethal strand of asbestos known as amphibole fibers).
Today, by law, construction companies are required to protect their workers from exposure. They are given ample warnings from the government and verdicts in the courts that issue steep penalties for non-compliance with asbestos standards. Unfortunately, many construction companies, faced with deadlines, tight budgets, or a simple ignorance about or disregard for the dangers of asbestos, will sometimes require construction workers to work in areas where asbestos exposure is extremely likely.
Attorney Paul Thomson: Specializing in Asbestos Claims Since 1995
My name is Paul Thomson, and I know how distressing this time can be for you and your family. As an Asbestos Disease Lawyer, I have been specializing in Asbestos-related cases for many years. I have worked with many asbestos victims and have won dozens of lawsuits.
If you have any questions or want to know how I can help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call my office today for a free consultation at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353. As always, there is no charge, and no obligation required.
More Facts about Asbestos:
In buildings built before 1980, the amphibole strand of asbestos was used regularly in vinyl floor tile, ceiling tile, adhesives, coatings, duct insulation for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, roofing material, insulated electrical wire and panels.
Heavy exposure to and inhalation of amphibole fiber asbestos was proven to greatly increase the risk of asbestosis (a form of fibrosis), lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer linked directly to asbestos exposure. The latency period for these diseases can range from 20 to 40 years. Therefore, many people who worked in construction (building construction; ship and/or submarine construction) between 20 to 40 years ago are just now being diagnosed with diseases related to asbestos.
Of course that doesn’t mean that contracting an illness from asbestos today isn’t possible. In fact, a majority of buildings in the United States were built before 1980. With the push for renovation and urban renewal continuing at a record pace, construction workers involved in the demolition of old buildings still face serious risks of asbestos exposure.
You have rights. If you’d like to know what yours are, contact a professional Mesothelioma Attorney today by calling my office at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353.