Consulting with an Asbestos Attorney

Industries in North America have been using asbestos since the 1800s. If you work or have worked in an industry where you were exposed to asbestos, you may already be aware of the health dangers. But did you know that health damage from asbestos exposure may not become evident for ten to forty years after exposure? This is why it is crucial to consider consulting with an asbestos attorney if you believe you have been exposed to the dangers of asbestos.

Am I at Risk from Asbestos Exposure?

Many occupations can increase your asbestos exposure. Understanding the risk to your health is very important. Your family members may be at risk as well, since asbestos fibers can be carried home on clothing or other personal items. This type of exposure is known as paraoccupational exposure. In fact, simply living or working near an asbestos-related industry can cause damage to your health, since asbestos fibers in the environment can make their way into your lungs. This is known as neighborhood exposure.

Occupations most susceptible to asbestos exposure include:

  • Firefighters
  • Construction workers
  • Shipbuilders
  • Asbestos miners and millers
  • Manufacturers of asbestos textiles
  • Insulation work
  • Brake repair
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywall removers
If you or a loved may have Asbestos or a related illness, consult with an Asbestos Attorney in your area to review your case in exploring legal remedies.

Overall, more than 5000 products in use today contain asbestos. The longer you are exposed, the greater the health risk. If you believe you have been harmed by asbestos exposure, consulting with an asbestos attorney is one way you can find out more about your risk and ways to protect yourself.

Exposure to asbestos may cause many health issues, including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Other cancers

Recent studies have revealed that individuals who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos are at a very high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.

Why is Consulting with an Asbestos Attorney Necessary?

Many people exposed to asbestos will not know about their exposure until health problems develop, perhaps years later. While asbestos-related illness cannot be reversed, an asbestos attorney can protect you from future exposure and help you receive appropriate compensation for your disability. Without an asbestos attorney on your side, you may never fully realize the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled under the law.

Your first step in finding a qualified asbestos attorney begins interviewing several attorneys. When consulting with an asbestos attorney, ask how many asbestos-related cases the attorney has been involved in, and inquire about the attorney's record of wins and losses. Find out all your options, regardless of whether you have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related health condition. Ask what information you will need to pursue your case, and whether he or she works on a contingency basis. This means that, if your attorney cannot win your case, you will pay no legal fees.

Friends, family, coworkers and neighbors may all be good sources of attorney referrals. Another option is to conduct your own search in your locale for asbestos attorneys who advertise their services in print or online. By taking time to interview several asbestos attorneys, you will find the one with whom you feel most comfortable.

Consulting with an asbestos attorney may not be your first line of defense in cases of asbestos-related illness, but it may be your best method for protecting yourself and your loved ones and receiving the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved may have Asbestos or a related illness, consult with an Asbestos Attorney in your area to review your case in exploring legal remedies.


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