How safe is your workplace? It may appear to be safe to you, however, some dangerous are not immediately noticeable. Asbestos is one of those dangers that many workers are unaware of until it is too late. The majority of people who have contracted asbestos-related illnesses obtained them without ever realizing that they were working in a dangerous environment. Failure to inform workers of the presence of asbestos or provide correct safety precautions can put employers or third parties at fault for your exposure to such a dangerous particle.
Asbestos is a mineral that has been used to make a wide variety of industrial and construction materials. It contains a dust fiber that can form deposits on your lungs if overexposed. As a result, exposure to asbestos can lead to any of the following lung diseases:
– Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that occurs in the tissue surrounding the lungs, stomach or bowels)
– Lung Cancer
– Asbestosis (a process of widespread scarring of the lungs)
Safety precautions that help reduce the amount of exposure is most effective at protecting workers against lung cancer and asbestosis, however, even minimal exposure may cause mesothelioma. On a few occasions, it is not the worker who develops the cancer, but a family member or roommate who is exposed to the mineral when the worker brings home traces of it on their clothes or belongings. There have also been cases of home insulation or other materials that contain asbestos or of the general public being exposed when proper care or transportation of the minerals is not taken.
Over a period of years, these fibers build up on the lungs and may lead to malignant mesothelioma. There is almost always a delay of anywhere between 20 and 50 years from first exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma, this is known as the latency period.
If you or your family member has been exposed to asbestos at work or at home, you may be entitled to compensation. An employer’s negligence to educate or notify the workers or provide appropriate safety measures puts more than just workers at risk.
Our extensive knowledge and experience in the field make us more than qualified to take on your case. When working with KP Law, you will be informed of every step of the legal procedures. Our attorneys look at every case individually and work with you based on your personal needs and preferences to arrive at the best solution for you. For further question you should call KP Law today. We have the right legal and medical resources to guide you in the right direction.