Asbestos Compensation - To date, over 600,000 people have filed claims relating to asbestos and the diseases that it can cause. As more and more people are diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses, many of them are seeking asbestos compensation. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos at some point in your life, and are now suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or a number of other diseases, then you may be entitled to asbestos compensation as well. In order to know for certain, there are two people you should contact – a doctor who is familiar with asbestos related diseases, and a lawyer who specializes in asbestos compensation cases.
If you have already been diagnosed with one of the aforementioned diseases, then if you haven’t already, you should confirm with your doctor that the disease is related to asbestos. Most of the time, in the cases of mesothelioma and asbestosis, there is no other way to contract these diseases except through asbestos exposure. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past, but have not yet been diagnosed with anything, then you may want to talk to a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you’ve been having and symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath, coughing, and a number of other possibilities. Not only will that give you a chance to catch these diseases early, but it can also lay the foundation of an asbestos compensation claim.
Next, you should contact a lawyer. There are many lawyers and law offices that work solely on asbestos compensation cases. These lawyers will have the most knowledge and information about exactly how asbestos related cases work and what you can expect when you make a claim. Generally, to have a legitimate claim for asbestos compensation, you must have been exposed to asbestos in the past without having knowledge of its negative health effects, or any form of protection from said health effects.
Even if the asbestos exposure was a long time ago – even as long as 50 years, you may still have a claim. Asbestos manufacturer’s and construction companies that used asbestos have known for almost a century now that asbestos has severe health effects on the people who are exposed to it. They chose to risk the health and lives of their employees by not informing them of the dangers, and not using different, safer materials in construction. For that reason, they are liable for asbestos compensation.