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Asbestos Exposure in the Construction Industry: An FAQ

When you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace for extended periods of time, you could receive a rare form of cancer known as Mesothelioma as well as a large array of other health issues. If you are suffering from health issues due to asbestos exposure, you may wonder where to turn for the help you need. In our streamlined FAQ, we will answer all of your asbestos-related questions, as well as ones you may not have even thought to ask.

Asbestos Exposure FAQ

Asbestos disability lawyerWhat is asbestos and what dangers are associated with it? Asbestos is not just one thing – it is a group of fibrous materials that are resistant to heat, chemicals, and more. If you work in the construction industry, you are probably familiar with asbestos because it is found in certain products like fireproofing, pipe insulation, floor tiles, and more. There are many dangers related to asbestos that we didn’t immediately know about many, many years ago.

When a person inhales or ingests these particles, they can very easily embed themselves into the tissues of your respiratory and digestive systems. This could lead to disabling conditions like asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, gastrointestinal cancer, and more. Unfortunately, in many cases, you may not know that you have been exposed for many years down the line.

Are there regulations in place regarding asbestos? Yes, currently there are. 40 CFR Part 61 Subpart M of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution Act applies to exposure in buildings that are being demolished or renovated. An asbestos inspector is able to determine the presence of the fibers. This is especially vital because it can protect construction workers in years to come.

What are symptoms to watch out for? As there are several different diseases, there are several symptoms to watch out for if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace. For instance, symptoms of lung cancer could include a chronic cough, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, and more. Symptoms of mesothelioma might include pain, swelling, and unusual lumps in affected areas. The symptoms of asbestosis include chest pain, coughing, unexplained weight loss, and more. Many of these diseases are incurable.

Will I receive compensation for my illness? If you have been affected by asbestos in the workplace and have fallen ill due to exposure, you could have a case for compensation. The strength of your will determine how you will be compensated, such as your official diagnosis, the degree of fault by another party, your medical history, proof that you have lost wages, and so much more. The settlement numbers on these cases can be quite high due to the impact asbestos can leave on your life as you struggle with the disease.

Must I file in a certain amount of time? It does help to get started on your case as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations on all injury claims in each state. The clock starts to tick on your claim when you discover that you are suffering from a related disease. Since many people don’t first see symptoms of their diseases related to asbestos exposure until decades into the future, this is usually when you will be required to file. When you have received a diagnosis, it is time to look into your claim.

At the Nye Law Group, we take your claim very seriously and want to help you receive the compensation you deserve in your time of need. We understand that the effects of asbestos-related diseases can be extremely devastating and we are here for you in your time of need. Call us today to get started on your case at 855-636-9277.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3096/3096.html

https://www.asbestosnetwork.com/Worker-Safety/Asbestos-In-Public-Places/

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