How are Victims Exposed to Asbestos?
If You or a Loved One Has Been Exposed to Asbestos, You May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation. This is True Regardless of When the Exposure Occurred.
Scientists, lawyers, and company executives have been aware of the risks associated with asbestos exposure for decades. Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, which is a deadly form of cancer that is often difficult to diagnose in its early stages.
How does asbestos exposure occur? From a scientific perspective, the answer is fairly simple: Asbestos exposure results from breathing in particulates released by asbestos-containing products. When asbestos-containing products break or degrade, they release particulates into the air; and, when these particulates enter a person’s airway, they can cause cancer that can lead to lifelong complications or death.
5 Possible Causes of Asbestos Exposure
There are several potential ways that a person may be exposed – or may have been exposed – to asbestos. In most cases, asbestos exposure is the result of one of the following:
1. Working in Construction Prior to 1978
Prior to 1978, building materials made with asbestos were commonly used throughout the United States. As a result, many individuals who worked in architecture, construction, and engineering prior to 1978 were exposed to asbestos on the job.
2. Repairing or Remodeling a Building that Contains Asbestos
Subsequent to 1978, the risk of asbestos exposure has remained for individuals who do work in contaminated buildings. This includes repair work performed on roofs, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and other building systems, as well as remodeling work that involves the removal of wall boards, flooring tiles, and other building materials.
3. Living or Working in a Building that Contains Asbestos
Living in a home that contains asbestos can lead to exposure, as can working in an office, warehouse, or other building constructed with asbestos-containing products. Breathing in asbestos fibers or particulates at home or at work can potentially lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis—even if you do not work directly with asbestos-containing products on a day-to-day basis.
4. Living with Someone Who is Exposed to Asbestos at Work
“People who are exposed to asbestos may carry the fibers home on their skin and clothing. Exposure to these stray fibers over many years can put others in the home at risk of mesothelioma.” As explained by the Mayo Clinic, even if a person is not directly exposed to an environment in which asbestos fibers are present, he or she may still be exposed to asbestos as a result of living with someone who is.
5. Exposure to Products Contaminated with Asbestos
Today, companies in the U.S. and other countries still sell various types of products that contain asbestos. This includes products intentionally manufactured with asbestos as well as products that are contaminated with asbestos during the manufacturing process. For example, in recent years, there has been a wave of lawsuits involving mesothelioma cancer claims related to contaminated talcum powder.
Filing a Mesothelioma Claim After Asbestos Exposure
If you believe that you or a loved one may have been exposed to asbestos at home or at work, what do you need to know about filing a claim for financial compensation? While the answer is, “a lot,” one of the most-important things you need to know is how long you have to file your claim. This depends on (i) where you live, and (ii) whether you are filing a claim for personal injury or wrongful death:
- One to Six Years from the Date of Diagnosis – If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as the result of asbestos exposure, the amount of time you have to file a claim is based on the date of your diagnosis. Depending on the state in which you live, this could be anywhere from one to six years from the date you learn that you have contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.
- One to Three Years from the Date of Death – If you need to seek financial compensation for a loved one’s death resulting from asbestos exposure, the amount of time you have to file is based on the date of death. Depending on the state in which you live, you could have anywhere from one to three years from the date of death to file a claim for damages.
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