High-Risk Occupations for Asbestos Exposure
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Exposure to asbestos has been linked to numerous health conditions, illnesses, and cancers. Because asbestos is most dangerous when it is disturbed—as this is when asbestos fibers can be released into the air and breathed in or ingested—individuals who work with or around asbestos are at a significantly higher risk of developing these negative health consequences. As a result, workers in certain industries, those that heavily deal with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials, are at the greatest risk of developing asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other related conditions.
Were you exposed to asbestos in your line of work and later diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition? Contact Richmond Vona, LLC online or by phone at (716) 300-5885 to speak to one of our Buffalo asbestos exposure lawyers about your legal rights and options.
Which Workers Are Most at Risk?
Throughout the 20th Century, asbestos was heavily used in the manufacturing of many industrial and consumer products and materials. It was also prominently used in military operations. As a result, workers within those industries, as well as veterans, have the highest rates of asbestos-related illnesses and cancers.
These workers include but are not limited to:
- Union laborers
- Sheet metal workers
- Auto/truck mechanics
- Navy machinist mates
These and other workers who were required to handle asbestos-containing materials have a much higher chance of later developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, COPD, asbestosis, and other related conditions.
Who Else Is at Risk?
While those who worked with asbestos and asbestos-containing products day in and day out are, by far, the most at risk of developing related illnesses and conditions, they are not the only ones. Sadly, because the true dangers of asbestos were not commonly known by workers and the general public, very few precautions were taken throughout the 1900s to limit exposure. As a result, workers often unknowingly carried home asbestos fibers on their skin, in their hair, and on their clothing, accidentally putting their family members and loved ones at risk of inhaling or ingesting them. As a result, the spouses, children, and other family members of high-risk workers are also at a slightly higher risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses and diseases.
Additionally, anyone who came into contact with asbestos, particularly when the asbestos was disturbed, such as during home renovation projects, is at risk.
What to Do If You Are a High-Risk Worker
If you are a high-risk worker and you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to convey this information to your doctor. Whether or not you have already experienced symptoms of an asbestos-related condition, such as difficulty breathing and painful coughing, it is important to make sure your doctor is aware that you have been exposed to asbestos. One of the things that makes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions so dangerous is the fact that they are often not diagnosed early on. Early treatment of any disease is typically associated with a better, more favorable prognosis.
If you are/were a high-risk worker, or if you know you came into contact with asbestos over a prolonged period of time, and have now been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques, COPD, or any other similar condition, reach out to an asbestos attorney. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. The asbestos industry knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure for decades, yet did nothing to warn the public or take safety measures to prevent widespread harm. Our Buffalo asbestos attorneys can help you hold these negligent parties accountable.
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We believe that no one should have to fear for their health or safety while at work. Unfortunately, the asbestos industry’s negligent and wrongful conduct has made it so workers in high-risk occupations must do exactly that. If you have been affected, please reach out to us as soon as possible to learn how our attorneys can help. We will take the time to sit down with you, listen to your story, and understand your unique challenges and goals. From there, we can build a strong case and advocate tirelessly for you and your recovery.
Call our office at (716) 300-5885 or contact us online today. We serve clients throughout Western New York.
Is my employer liable for asbestos exposure?
It depends. Figuring out who is liable for your asbestos exposure and resulting injuries/illness can be very complicated. There may be multiple liable parties, potentially including mining companies, employers, manufacturers, or even property owners on which asbestos-containing materials existed. We encourage you to get in contact with a member of our legal team to learn more about determining who is liable in your specific situation.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In the state of New York, you have three years from the date of your diagnosis to file a claim for damages. Note that this statute of limitations does not apply to the date on which you were exposed to asbestos but, rather, on the date that you received a diagnosis for an asbestos-related illness, injury, or condition.
What if my loved one died due to mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition?
You could be eligible to seek wrongful death damages. In New York, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death claim; however, they seek damages on behalf of the estate and/or the deceased’s surviving family members, heirs, and beneficiaries. Contact Richmond Vona, LLC to learn more.
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