Are you worried about the possibility of mesothelioma or another asbestos related cancer? If you are, there are some things you can do to help determine if testing is appropriate for you. Depending on your age, and when you may have been exposed, there are several different options available to you.
Working Around Asbestos – Advice for Today’s Worker
The best advice on asbestos exposure is to eliminate it if at all possible. Industries where asbestos exposure is possible should be providing workers with full safety gear including respirators and hazmat suits as well as providing clean rooms for disposing of materials containing asbestos. This is a legal requirement. If you are working for a company that is not providing this kind of protection, they are exposing you to asbestos that could later manifest itself as mesothelioma. In cases like this, the negligence of the employer is grounds for legal action.
Did You Have Prior Exposure?
Most of today’s industries do follow the strict OSHA guidelines for handling asbestos; unfortunately this wasn’t always the case. If you worked in any industry that exposed you to asbestos in the past – even if it was for as little as a few months – you may have been in contact with enough asbestos to cause mesothelioma.
Since it can take several decades before the symptoms of mesothelioma appear, it is a good idea to take note of the often overlooked warning signs. Fatigue and night sweats are some of the first indications of mesothelioma. Shortness of breath and a new and persistent cough are also other early signs. If you have concerns that you were exposed to asbestos, the best advice is to visit your doctor and let him know about your concerns.
Advice for Talking With Your Doctor About Asbestos Exposure
If you are concerned that you may be in the early stages of mesothelioma it is important to not let your doctor trivialize it. Mesothelioma, while a rare disease, is much easier to manage when it is caught in the earlier stages. Be prepared to explain to the doctor when you think you may have been exposed and the early warning signs. Insist on an MRI of your lungs to look for any abnormalities. You can also ask your doctor to check your blood for elevated levels of osteopontin and soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs), as these are often a sign of mesothelioma. These two initial tests could determine if there is a need for further diagnostic testing.
When to Take Legal Action for Mesothelioma
Bergman Draper Oslund’s advice on when to take legal action is to do so as soon as possible. In some states the statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma claim is only one year starting from the date of diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, treatments will likely start almost immediately – and they can be expensive. We will help you get compensation for the treatment from those who are responsible for it. Call our experienced asbestos litigation firm today, to discuss your options. Bergman Draper Oslund has decades of experience helping mesothelioma victims get the compensation they deserve.