Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. | October 19, 2017 | Mesothelioma
If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, it is possible that the diagnosis is the result of exposure to toxic substances. This type of serious lung disease is most commonly the result of exposure to asbestos, frequently because of a person’s job. Individuals who contract mesothelioma because of their jobs could be eligible for financial compensation.
Asbestos is a substance that you may find in many common objects. It was often employed because it is highly heat resistant and fire resistant, people who work near asbestos should receive proper protections. Sadly, many New York workers do not know of the true impact of asbestos until years after the initial exposure.
Who is most at risk for exposure?
Once it became obvious that asbestos exposure had very serious, potentially fatal ramifications, there was a significant reduction in its use in several industries and fields. However, there are certain types of workers who may still face a risk of coming into contact with this material, including those employed as the following:
- Factory workers
- Manufacturers of gas masks
- Insulation manufacturers
- Automotive manufacturers
- Railroad workers
- Ship builders
- Construction workers
The workers themselves are not the only ones who may face exposure to asbestos; the workers could carry these fibers home on their clothes, thereby also exposing family members and increasing the chances they could develop mesothelioma. Many people who develop mesothelioma did not have any known risk factors, such as smoking.
Commonly used in insulation and other building materials, the danger of the exposure depends on the length of the exposure time, frequency of exposure and how much asbestos the person came into contact with. Mesothelioma takes a long time to develop, and individuals may not know that they have this serious, potentially fatal disease until decades after exposure.
The rights of a person with mesothelioma
This disease is devastating, not only for the victim, but also for his or her family members as well. The diagnosis of this disease could be the result of exposure even decades earlier, but a victim does not have to suffer alone. If you believe that you are suffering because you were needlessly or recklessly exposed, or you were unaware of the exposure to begin with, you could have the right to seek financial compensation.
It is possible to hold businesses and employers accountable for asbestos exposure and harm caused to innocent workers. If you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma, it could be beneficial to seek an understanding of your legal options as soon as possible.